America’s famous stuntman recreated Evel Knievel’s jumps

As part of the TV channel History’s ‘Evel Live’ event on July 8, Travis Pastrana and his crew will go 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 will include 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 is being organized by Nitro Circus, Pastrana’s extreme sports company that conducts adventure series live shows around the world.

Travis Pastrana will jump over Caeser's Palace fountain, 14 buses and 50 cars
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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.

Travis Pastrana will jump over Caeser's Palace fountain, 14 buses and 50 cars
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Now, Pastrana will try attempting the same jump at 141 feet (43 m) on a v-twin motorcycle, similar to what Evel Knievel rode. Pastrana will also attempt two other jumps the same evening that will include him jumping over 50 cars stacked, like Knievel’s jump at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in 1972.

The final jump will be recreating the Kings Island jump where Knievel successfully jumped 14 Greyhound buses at Kings Island near Cincinnati, Ohio. This jump held the record for jumping the most buses on a Harley-Davidson for 24 years (until broken by Bubba Blackwell in late 1999). And now, Pastrana will attempt the same, provided he successfully finishes in the previous two stunts.

Travis Pastrana's barge-to-barge backflip on the river Thames.
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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.”

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