Vegas Motorcycle New Year
Thursday, December 18, 2008
This New Year’s Las Vegas celebrations feature Robbie Kneivel jumping over the Mirage Volcano and Robbie Maddison jumping on top of the Paris Casino’s 96-foot-high Arc de Triomphe. All these high-profile stunts, of course, mimic Kneivel Sr. jumping over the fountains at Ceaser’s Palace. Which makes you wonder, what is it about Vegas that make people go nuts? Millen to Ring in 2009 with Truck Backflip
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Robbie Maddison broke the distance jump record last year. This New Year's the Aussie is jumping straight up.
The answer is the town itself is nuts. It’s an anomaly - a shining shrine to American decadence burning electricity and slurping water in the middle of a gigantic desert, stranded hundreds of miles from where it would ever begin to make sense building a gigantic metropolis.
Like radiation Vegas is harmless in small doses, but long-term exposure ain’t good. 24-36 hours is hovering at the sanity barrier. After that phrases like, “lien on your house” and “quickie annulment” become very real.
Vegas is unique. Where else can you consume 100 jumbo shrimp at one sitting and appear normal? Where else can you see families window shopping at the Disney store while a sleazy guy slips dad a pamphlet advertising high- and low-end call girls? What other town was founded by Mexicans, settled by Mormons and developed by mobsters?
Vegas is the kind of town where even passing through on the freeway you keep checking your wallet to make sure it’s still there. As for the motorcycle exploits of Kneivel and Maddison - it’s a perfect fit. New Year’s Eve – the perfect fit. So while it may become an archeological site whose existence bewilders future civilizations, in a twisted way maybe Vegas isn't completely nuts.
Stay tuned New Year’s Eve as MotorcycleUSA reports on Maddison’s stunt results from The Strip.
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