A year and a half ago, I wrote a story for BangShift.com about Evel Knievel’s Scramble Van trailer that had resurfaced in Worcester. The trailer found a new home this week, and it couldn’t be more perfect.
The story of how this trailer got to Worcester, Massachusetts in the first place is detailed in the story at BangShift. When we talked to Kelly Knievel earlier this summer, he mentioned that he’d read the story on the trailer, and to his knowledge, all of the history was pretty accurate.
The trailer ended up in the hands of a terrific salvage company in town called Blue Collar Vintage Salvage. They had put the trailer up on eBay around the time the story was published last year.
Now it has a new owner, and the connection couldn’t be more perfect. According to a post on Blue Collar Vintage Salvage’s Facebook page, Doug ” Danger ” Senecal, came by the shop this week and purchased it, and the trailer will end up at the Evel Knievel Museum in Kansas. If you don’t know Doug “Danger” Senecal, he’s pressed from the same mold as Evel Knievel, and recently completed a world-record motorcycle jump in Sturgis that Evel had attempted years ago and failed.
The trailer belonged to Knievel’s touring company in the 1970s. It ended up on Worcester after Knievel made a jump at Holy Cross College’s Fitton Field, shown above. The Child World banner is from the Massachusetts-based toy retailer, the second largest in the nation at the time.
He left the trailer behind at a company that manufactured several of the toys he was marketing to kids all over the country. The trailer was a Worcester fixture for decades until it went missing and then resurfaced last year.