Monday, 22 July, 2019

Travis Pastrana nails Evel Knievel's three legendary jumps in Las Vegas

Evel Knievel outside of Caesars Palace in 1967 Evel Knievel outside of Caesars Palace in 1967
Adrian Cunningham | 09 July, 2018, 18:27

Extreme motorsports superstar Travis Pastrana successfully replicated three of Evel Knievel's most famous jumps without incident - and did them in record-breaking fashion - Sunday night in Las Vegas.

Pastrana ended the event by jumping into the fountain as hundreds of fans on the streets of Las Vegas cheered him on.

First, Pastrana, who is from Annapolis, jumped over 52 cars.

Pastrana's epic stunt started with the "50 Car Jump", followed by the "Wembley Bus Jump", and ended with the infamous "Caesar's Palace Fountain" jump, which nearly killed Knievel 50 years ago.

Paying homage to legendary daredevil Evel Knievel, Pastrana successfully recreated three of his most iconic jumps on a sweltering Sunday in Las Vegas.

Mr Pastrana, 34, said: "It's just such an honour to live a day in Evel's..."

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"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. To be here in Las Vegas, so much of my history is here. "I'm not done yet, but this was one of the coolest things - the coolest thing - I've ever done". "There's not a better showman that's ever happened in the sports action industry like Evel Knievel".

And, in the end, Pastrana did what any of us would have done if we had just completed a deadly 149-foot jump over a water fountain on a 340 pound bike.

Next up will be a re-creation of Knievel's 1975 bus jump - only Pastrana will attempt to clear 16 Greyhounds to his predecessor's 14. "These bikes are a little faster and a little lighter (than Knievel's Harley), but it's similar". "To be able to get a police escort, doing wheelies and burnouts on the Strip in Las Vegas, come on!"

Even with just a 200-foot run-off area, Pastrana made the final and most hard jump (a record length of 149 feet) look easy, even performing a NASCAR-style two-wheeled burnout in celebration. Knievel wiped out on the landing and was hospitalized with multiple broken bones, but Pastrana soared over the fountain and landed well down the landing ramp.

It was a stunt his famous predecessor never got to attempt but nearly certainly would have applauded.