Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

Extreme Motorcyclist Smashes Evel Knievel's Jump Records On Live TV

Extreme Motorcyclist Smashes Evel Knievel's Jump Records On Live TV

But before that, on the same day, Pastrana took on the legend's two most successful jumps: his 1973 leap over 50 stacked cars at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and his 1975 jump over 14 Greyhound buses at King's Island near Cincinnati, Ohio.

At Sunday's live event at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Pastrana recreated and bested some of the daredevil's most iconic stunts.

If all goes well, Pastrana will then immediately attempt to jump 16 Greyhound buses.

Nonetheless, to watch Travis Pastrana attempt the three iconic Evel Knievel jumps, see the clips above and below. Knievel managed the jump but failed the landing, telling the 90,000-strong crowd at the time that he would "never, ever, ever jump again" before walking out, despite having a broken pelvis.

The 34-year-old action sports star vaulted over 52 flattened cars and 16 Greyhound buses in a vacant lot behind Planet Hollywood Resort before successfully landing a jump over the ornamental fountains at Caesars Palace - a stunt that almost took his predecessor's life on New Year's Day 1967.

Pastrana, 34, an 11-time X Games champion, wore a red, white and blue jumpsuit similar to what Knievel wore in his heyday and rode an Indian Scout FTR750 V-twin motorcycle that was described as being similar to Knievel's Harley flat-track motorcycles. He also named the day's event after Knievel, calling it Evel Live.

"Man, this is just an awesome honor", Pastrana said of clearing two of three jumps in record fashion.

All three took place over the course of a few hours in Las Vegas, Pastrana rattling through them with nearly ruthless efficiency.

Pastrana surpassed Knievel by jumping over 52 cars, complete with pyrotechnics. "I proposed to my wife here, I had my first Nitro Circus show here, thank you to everyone at History (the channel that broadcast the event live) and thank you to everyone watching". "This was definitely the coolest thing I've ever done".

Even with just a 200-foot run-off area, Pastrana made the final and most hard jump (a record length of 149 feet) look easy, even performing a NASCAR-style two-wheeled burnout in celebration.

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