Professional daredevil Levi Renz has wowed crowds all over the country with his airborne motorcycle acrobatics, and he dipped south of the border to Mexico twice for some shows, too.
He’s home in Butte this week and on Saturday, he and four other motocross riders will perform three free shows during an all-day event to celebrate the new Butte Auto group, which includes Subaru, Toyota, Dodge, Jeep, Chrysler and Kia.
Bill Rundle, a longtime friend of the late Evel Knievel, said Butte Auto reached out to him and he contacted Renz to see if he would be part of the event. Renz was happy to do it and so were four others he called.
The event will be held at 5103 Harrison Ave. and include a car show starting at 9 a.m., food vendor trucks, live music, bouncy houses for kids and free motocross freestyle shows by Renz and four others — Travis Cady, Derek Garland and X-game medalists Robert Haslam and Brian McCarthy. Jump times are 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
“I do it just for fun when I’m home,” the 23-year-old Renz said. “I get to travel the world and get paid to do it and that is pretty cool. There aren’t too many people my age that get to travel around like I do.”
Renz has been all over the West this year and four members of his Renz FMX team perform up and down the East Coast. He joins them in the winter, but has traveled alone this year to Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho, Washington state, Utah and Montana. He’s been to Mexico twice for shows, which include flips in a four-wheel Razor UTV.
The riders will use a new, giant landing ramp full of air during the shows Saturday. He and Cady did some jumps on it near Renz’s house on Wednesday.
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“It is a lot more forgiving if you crash,” Renz said with a laugh.
Renz said he misses Evel Knievel Days, a festival Rundle helped found in 2002 that was held annually in Butte each July until 2018, when fundraising troubles and other factors derailed it.
“I would love to see it come back,” Renz said. “That’s how it all started for me.”
He said his first show was at the festival several years ago, but his love for jumping started years before that.
“I think I was 8 or 9 when it became a dream of mine,” he said. “I told my mom that was what I wanted to do when I grew up. Ten years later I did my first show. It just started slowly taking off from there. I got to do more and more shows.”
He says he’s looking forward to performing in his home town Saturday and continuing to ride the profession.
“It’s definitely a young man’s sport but I will do it for as long as I can,” he said.