Daredevil Travis Pastrana replicates Evel Knievel's jumps

Carla Harmon
July 9, 2018

Travis Pastrana, a multi-time X Games victor, NASCAR driver and co-founder of the Nitro Circus, successfully accomplished an incredible stunt on Sunday when he jumped 140 feet over the fountains of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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

Pastrana started the night by breaking Evel's record of jumping 50 crushed cars, soaring 143 feet through the air over 52 crushed cars.

Pastrana's then capped "Evel Live", a three-hour telecast on the History Channel, by clearing the fountain at Caesars Palace.

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

"Man, it's been such an honor and been an awesome career". When Knievel attempted the same jump in 1967, he crashed and suffered extensive injuries. The other two jumps I had enough time to hit my marks exactly ideal. He ended the night by cruising 149 feet over the fountains in front of Caesars Palace. "To be here in Las Vegas, so much of my history has been here. This was definitely the coolest thing I've ever done".

The 34-year-old then beat Knievel's jump over 14 Greyhound buses, which the late stunt icon accomplished in 1975 at Ohio's Kings Island amusement park, by flying over 16 buses.

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

"This is all about Evel, and the coolest thing about this whole thing, all of Evel's family is out here", Pastrana said.

Pastrana jumped the fountain in the opposite direction Knievel did.

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

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