Daredevil Tony Pastrana replicates Evel Knievel's jumps

Brenda Watkins
July 10, 2018

That's when X Games motorsports stuntman Travis Pastrana will attempt three consecutive record motorcycle jumps honoring the notorious Knievel of 1960s and '70s fame.

Donning his own Knievel-like costume, Pastrana used an Indian Scout FTR750 to jump 143 feet to clear 52 crushed cars, 192 feet over 16 Greyhound buses and concluded the "Evel Live" event on the History Channel by jumping 149 feet to clear the fountains at Caesars Palace.

Pastrana idolized Knievel growing up, and paid tribute to him by wearing his trademark American-flag themed jumpsuit and using a similar motorcycle to the one he originally tried the jump with.

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

The event, called "Evel Live", aired on the History Channel.

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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. "This is the most iconic jump in stunt lore".

Left with just 200 feet to accelerate to 70 miles per hour before the ramp, Pastrana said, "It's not the longest jump, but it's definitely the hardest".

Between jumps, Pastrana rode the Vegas Strip high-fiving fans and doing wheelies, much to the delight of the crowd, which numbered in the tens of thousands along the famous route.

The first two jumps were each longer than Knievel's versions, while the jump over the fountain had to be done in the opposite direction due to new construction around it. Knievel crashed on his attempt, breaking his pelvis and other bones. I had [the] first Nitro Circus show here.

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

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