Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Travis Pastrana Successfully Triplicates Evel Knievel’s Iconic Jumps

Evel Knievel jumping the fountains at Caesars Palace in 1967 Evel Knievel jumping the fountains at Caesars Palace in 1967
Lora Ball | 09 July, 2018, 23:43

Travis Pastrana jumped a row of crushed cars on a motorcycle, Sunday, in Las Vegas.

Prior to making the final jump, Pastrana told The History Channel, which televised the three-hour event live, "This has been absolutely unbelievable".

Travis Pastrana successfully landed three motorcycle jumps in tribute to the legendary Evel Knievel.

The third and final jump was reenacting Knievel's legendary attempt to jump the Caesar's Palace fountain.

Such an attempt wasn't as hard for Pastrana, who jumped over 16 buses easily.

"Man I tell you what, it's been such an honor". Where, I'm jumping basically a street bike.

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His first jump was something of a warmup - a casual 143 feet over 52 cars stacked three to a pile.

Pastrana, who is nearing the end of an impressive career as a stunt showman and professional motorsports competitor, admitted he was nervous leading up to the event, which began in an empty lot behind Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Paris Las Vegas and Bally's Las Vegas.

The stunts, set to air live during "Evel Live" on the History Channel, will be performed by Pastrana on an Indian Scout FTR750. "I'm not done yet, but this was definitely one of the coolest things, the coolest thing I've ever been able to do". 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. "This is the home of the most iconic jump, one of the most iconic events that has ever gone down".

When Knievel attempted to jump 141 feet over the 15-foot high fountain, he crushed his pelvis and broke his left hip, right ankle and both hands and wrists.

After finishing with a few burnouts, Pastrana celebrated his triplicating feat by diving into the fountain.

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