Thursday, 20 September, 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
Stacy Diaz | 09 July, 2018, 23:45

Motorsports icon and modern-day daredevil Travis Pastrana nailed all three of attempts to recreate a trio of Evel Knievel's most iconic jumps in Las Vegas on Sunday night in an event that was broadcast live on History Channel. To be here, in Las Vegas, so much of my history has been here.

"It's such an honor to live a day in Evel's footsteps and literally in his boots", Pastrana told The History Channel, which televised the three-hour event live.

Dressed in a replica of Knievel's signature white riding suit with a star-spangled blue V across the chest, the Nitro Circus star jumped 152 feet over 52 crushed cars, cleared 16 Greyhound buses and flew over the Caesars Palace fountains, a stunt that almost killed Knievel 50 years ago.

Pastrana, 34, an 11-time X Games champion, wore a red, white and blue jumpsuit similar to what Knievel wore in his heyday and rode an Indian Scout FTR750 V-twin motorcycle that was described as being similar to Knievel's Harley flat-track motorcycles.

First up was Knievel's cars jump, in which Knievel set the world record by jumping over 50 stacked cars at the Los Angeles Coliseum in 1973. "I'm not done yet, but this was definitely the coolest thing I've ever been able to do".

Pastrana ended the event by jumping into the fountain as hundreds of fans on the streets of Las Vegas cheered him on. The second jump involved breaking Knievel's record of jumping 14 Greyhound buses by jumping 16 buses for a total of 192 feet; and again, he made it look easy.

But Pastrana grew more serious knowing the most risky and technical jump was still to come.

Last is the fountain jump, the one that left Knievel with a crushed pelvis, broken left hip, right ankle, hands and wrists, in a coma for 29 days. "And to end at Caesars Palace, to have a chance to jump the fountain, it's not the longest jump, but it's definitely the hardest".