Travis Pastrana Honors Evel Knievel by Jumping the Fountain at Caesars Palace

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X Games legend, part-time rally driver and full-time professional badass Travis Pastrana, will look to replicate three of the most unsafe motorcycle jumps attempted by Even Knievel tomorrow.

Pastrana will attempt to re-create, in order, Knievel's famous vehicle jump, bus jump and the aforementioned Caesars fountain.

Knievel, who died in 2007 at the age of 69, jumped over 50 crushed cars (120 feet) at the Los Angeles Coliseum in 1973 and 14 Greyhound buses (133 feet) at Ohio's Kings Island amusement park in 1975.


Then, of course, there was the jump over the Caesar's Palace Fountain, a jump that even Knievel wasn't able to land in 1967, when he crushed his pelvis and his femur.

The stunts, set to air live during "Evel Live" on the History Channel, will be performed by Pastrana on an Indian Scout FTR750.

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


"This is all about Evel, and the coolest thing about this whole thing, all of Evel's family is out here", said Pastrana, whose outfit included a white jumpsuit with the blue V and white stars, a cape and high-heel dress boots.

The jump over the cars was 143 feet, the jump over the buses 192 feet and the jump over the fountain 149 feet - though with more elevation.

Pastrana completed the feat easily, landing with plenty of room to spare and breaking Knievel's jump of 120 feet over 50 cars at the L.A. Coliseum. "This is the most iconic jump in stunt lore". I had [the] first Nitro Circus show here.


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. "It's not the longest jump but it's definitely the hardest".

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