Three of Evel Knievel’s most famous stunts recreated by Travis Pastrana
Travis Pastrana jumped over Caeser’s Palace fountain, 16 buses and 52 carsby Sagar, on
As part of the TV channel History’s ‘Evel Live’ event on July 8, Travis Pastrana and his crew went on a live-transmission show to perform three bike jump attempts recreating Evel Knievel’s stunts that put the word ‘famous’ suffixed to his name.
They included the recreation of the Knievel’s jumping across the fountain at Caesars Palace, a jump across 50 cars and a jump over 14 buses. The event was organized by Nitro Circus, Pastrana’s extreme sports company that conducts adventure series live shows around the world.
A professional motocross racer, 17-time X Games winner, world record distant jumper, and the list goes on. Having so many tags behind his name, Travis Pastrana is undoubtedly the craziest daredevil there is out there. He has already had 32 surgeries and is still earning to get onto his bike every single time.
Exactly like our daredevil American stunt performer, painter, entertainer, and international icon, Evel Knievel. His career took to the skies when his famous jump across the Caesars Palace fountain in 1967 ended up in a horrific crash where Knievel suffered a crushed pelvis and femur, fractures to his hip, wrist, and both ankles, and a concussion that kept him in the hospital. After his crash and recovery, Knievel was more famous than ever.
Cladded in a replica of Knievel’s famous star-spangled white leather jumpsuit, Pastrana went on to recreate history and break a record in one of those three jumps. Striding on his new purpose-built Indian Scout FTR 750, he went onto jump over 52 crushed cars stacked and for a total of 143 feet, like Knievel’s jump at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in 1972. 2 cars more than how much Evel Knievel managed to do.
After this “warm-up” jump, Pastrana went onto clear what Knievel himself missed out on his first try that ended up in a bad crash. Pastrana turned the heat on by jumping over not 14, but 16 Greyhound liners that were bigger and higher than the buses used in Knievel’s original jump. His charismatic jump took him 192 feet across the pyrotechnics before landing back safe on the ramp.
For the final piece of this history-making, Pastrana took to the Las Vegas strip amidst police escort for the most infamous Evel’s jump, the one across the Caesars Palace fountain. Being the longest of all the three, and also the most technically difficult one due to the short launch space, this jump took the crew and the crowd to serious levels of excitement.
But like it was nothing, Pastrana took the leap at 70 mph and completed this picturesque jump across the fountain and landed on the ramp, showing everyone who the boss is. Pastrana celebrated his success with a few burnouts and a dive in the fountain. The three-hour live show will air on History channel on July 8 and will include interviews with Knievel’s family and archive footage of the daredevil in action.
The Executive Vice President of Programming, History, Eli Lehrer quoted: “Death-defying feats have fascinated audiences for centuries, and Evel was one of the most iconic daredevils in history whose drive, determination and boldness inspired America. Fifty years after Evel went head-to-head with danger at Caesar’s Palace, Travis will attempt to catapult his most ambitious stunts to unthinkable heights. This extraordinary live event will certainly be history in the making.”