Bob Gill (daredevil)
Bob Gill is the world-record holding  motorcycle stuntman. He was one of the few jumpers to disdain the use of a landing ramp. His career was cut short in 1974 when he landed short on a world-record attempt to jump the 200-foot (61 m) wide Appalachia Lake in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia.
Racer to jumper
Bob began as a motorcycle racer in 1962. Unsatisfied with the money he was making as a racer, he switched to jumping full-time in 1970. After several long jumps, including one jump 152 feet over the Cajun Canyon in Louisiana, he jumped over a set of Ryder trucks on May 10, 1973. The jump was filmed for a television commercial that was aired during Super Bowl VIII .
On August 18, 1974, Bob was scheduled to attempt a world record jump over the 200-foot (61 m)-wide Appalachia Lake in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia. Heavy rains in the area forced the postponement of the jump to August 25.
The jump was performed without the aid of a landing ramp. He landed three feet short on the embankment of the far side of the lake. Thrown from the bike, he suffered severe spinal cord injuries that left him permanently paralyzed.