Guys Seriously, the sport is progressing as it would and should. How cool would any sport be if records stayed the same for 40 years? To say that a 30 car jump is less dangerous than a 15 car jump doesn't make sense. They may not have Evel's flair, but who does, really? That's why Evel (the performer) was so cool and why we loved him. The whole X Games thing isn't about showmanship but more for a competition perspective. I think it's good to have different categories for landing areas, sure, but it's different disciplines and should be respected. Nobody would try a 300 foot jump and land on the old style landing ramp (Evel's landing ramp was 7 feet wide for his standard performances, so they could be loaded in the trailer, I personally measured them). Even Evel used huge landing ramps nearing the end of his career. Look at the landing ramp used in Viva Knievel, Wembly or Kings Island. The deal is the length of the jump and to land safely. Lets learn from our predecessors failings (Butch Laswell). To do cool long jumps and land safely is the goal. It's irresponsible to use inferior equipment in the stunt business (as in any other profession), including ridiculously thin landing areas.
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