While Evel Knievel was once one of the most famous faces in America, old-school daredevils are now a dying breed– but the History Channel is determined to keep the adrenaline rush alive. Its new series “American Daredevils” showcases a select group of guys who go out every day and almost kill themselves for money and kicks.
Viewers see the risk takers lighting themselves on fire, crashing into stacks of school buses, jumping off ramps, soaring 300 feet in the air and propelling themselves from tall buildings.
So who would choose such to live such a dangerous lifestyle? Series star Brian Spangler, son of legendary daredevil Spanky Spangler, said his career decision was made early on.
“Growing up as a kid I remember [my dad] doing these dome shows with 70,000 people chanting his name. I knew then it was something I always knew and I wanted to do. I dreamed about doing big stunts,” the 32-year-old told FOX411. “I was born into it.”
Shot on location in 10 states, the new series offers a glimpse at what it takes to thrive and survive on the professional daredevil circuit. But just because the men featured on “American Daredevils” pride themselves on following the footsteps of the Knievel way of life, doesn’t mean things are done exactly as they were several decades ago.
“A lot of the stuff my dad started off with was car crashing, a lot of tearing cars apart. That’s old school, we’re getting into a new thing where we are into precision.