In 1972, Oklahoma City car dealer Jack Cooper brought Evel Knievel to town for a jump at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds.
The daredevil joked, when he met Cooper in Vegas, “One of these days I should come to Oklahoma and jump some of your cars.” Cooper laughed it off, but Knievel came through. Cooper’s grandson, Garrett Colton, published the story and photos from the event in a book, Evel Comes to Cooperville, which will launch in OKC April 26 at Weldon Jack, 3621 N. Western Ave., with an art show and a motorcycle ride to Pops in Arcadia and back. For more information, visit weldonjack.com.
Originally appeared in This Land, Vol. 5, Issue 7, April 1, 2014.