Daredevil Travis Pastrana replicates Evel Knievel's jumps

Daredevil Travis Pastrana replicates Evel Knievel's jumps

On Sunday, Travis Pastrana, auto racer and motorcycle daredevil, recreated three stunts in Las Vegas originally done by his idol, Evel Knievel, one of which nearly killed Knievel in the process.

In fact, after landing the jump that Knievel was never able to successfully pull off, Pastrana was still just his typical chill self as he told host Matt Iseman, "It's just such an honor to live a day in Evel's footsteps and, literally, his boots".

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.

Pastrana's third jump was a recreation of Knievel's attempt to clear the fountain at Caesars Palace.

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The stunts, set to air live during "Evel Live" on the History Channel, will be performed by Pastrana on an Indian Scout FTR750. To be here in Las Vegas, so much of my history is here.

Such an attempt wasn't as hard for Pastrana, who jumped over 16 buses easily. "I made my dreams come true and hopefully everyone enjoyed the show".

"This is all about Evel, and the coolest thing about this whole thing, all of Evel's family is out here", Pastrana added. When Knievel attempted the same jump in 1967, he crashed and suffered extensive injuries. The end result of Knievel's most famous crash was a broken hip, ankle, wrist and both hands, which will happen when you hit the ground at 90 miles per hour. "This is the most iconic jump in stunt lore". And while Pastrana won't attempt to lengthen Knievel's attempt in any way, he'll have less room to operate, with a far shorter approach and run-out, given the development that's taken place on the Caesars Palace property over the ensuing 50 years.

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