Monday, 19 November, 2018

Travis Pastrana successfully recreates three of Evel Knievel's famous jumps

Evel Knievel jumping the fountains at Caesars Palace in 1967 Evel Knievel jumping the fountains at Caesars Palace in 1967
Herman Weaver | 09 July, 2018, 23:48

In what was billed as a tribute to Evel Knievel, daredevil Travis Pastrana attempted three of Knievel's motorcycle jumps on Sunday in Las Vegas ― and in the process, he bested the famed stunt performer three times.

The first of the three stunts will see Pastrana attempt to replicate Knievel's 1973 jump over 50 crushed cars across a span of 120 feet at the L.A. Coliseum. Wearing his own Knievel-like outfit, he then jumped 192 feet over 16 Greyhound buses, beating Knievel's failed attempt to do the same at Wembley Stadium in London in 1975.

LAS VEGAS Daredevil Travis Pastrana has successfully replicated three of Evel Knievel's motorcycle jumps.

The stunts, set to air live during "Evel Live" on the History Channel, will be performed by Pastrana on an Indian Scout FTR750. "To be able to get a police escort, doing wheelies and burnouts on the Strip in Las Vegas, come on!"

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Prior to making the final jump, Pastrana told The History Channel, which televised the three-hour event live, "This has been absolutely wonderful". "This is the home of the most iconic jump, one of the most iconic events that has ever gone down". The History Channel notes that this is the jump that will require the highest speed and longest run-up.

That ended the night for Pastrana, who dove into the Caesar's Palace fountains to celebrate his successful throwback to a different time of spectacle in America.

"I've had a front row seat for everything Travis has done since 2003, and I can tell you this is extra special because Evel Knievel is somebody Travis has 100 percent has looked up to his whole entire life, and me as well", said "Streetbike" Tommy Passemante, a member of Pastrana's action sports collective Nitro Circus posse.

The 34-year-old Pastrana celebrated by taking one final jump ─ without his motorcycle ─ into the fountain.

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