Travis Pastrana broke Evil Knievel's records by landing three incredible jumps

Irene MckinneyJul 10, 2018

Clad in a replica of Knievel's famous white leather jumpsuit on a scorching Sunday night in Las Vegas, Pastrana made history by completing the three jumps, one-upping the celebrated stuntman.

In a stunt for History Channel and on a 160-kilogram Indian Scout FTR750 motorcycle, Pastrana, 34, first jumped 52 cars with a 44-metre jump, then went on to leap 16 Greyhound buses in a 58-metre jump. He then jumped over 16 buses and the notorious fountain at Caesars Palace.

"This is all about Evel, and the coolest thing about this whole thing, all of Evel's family is out here", said Pastrana. The other two jumps I had enough time to hit my marks exactly flawless.

That was not the case for Pastrana, even though he had a significantly smaller area for both takeoff and landing due to capital improvements and expansion of the same area over the years after Knievel made his jump attempt more than 50 years ago. "This is the most infamous location, Caesar's Palace, to jump the fountain. This was definitely the coolest thing I've ever done". While these stunts might be seen as "easier" than some of the tricks he's done in the past, he put on a heck of a show for the Las Vegas crowd. When Knievel did the stunt in 1973 at the Los Angeles Coliseum, he cleared 50 cars while soaring 120 feet through the air. Pastrana got his epic shot flying over the fountain with the Caesar's Palace in the background before sticking the landing.

There was the jump over the cars, accompanied by red white and blue pyrotechnics as he attempted the hurdle. "These bikes are a little faster and a little lighter (than Knievel's Harley), but it's similar".

Of the three jumps, the one over the fountains was the shortest but also the most technical, the cramped confines of Caesars' front courtyard leaving little room for error.

Pastrana has made a name for himself for doing some rather insane things but if successful, these three jumps will be among his finest achievements on two wheels to date.

Among those cheering was Kelly Knievel, Evel's 57-year-old son and a longtime Las Vegas resident. That's a ridiculous 484 feet of jumps in a single night.

It was a stunt his famous predecessor never got to attempt but nearly certainly would have applauded.

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