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Daredevil Travis Pastrana Lands Iconic Evel Knievel Motorcycle Jumps

10 July 2018

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.

The event, which took place in Las Vegas and aired on the History Channel, was referred to as Evel Live, as it saw Pastrana recreate three of Knievel's most iconic jumps, including one stunt that almost killed the late performer.

The jump was ideal, the landing tight but successful, and Pastrana had done what he had set out to do - fulfill Evel Knievel's promise never to leave a jump unfinished, albeit 50 years later.

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It's hard to watch Evel Knievel's disastrous and near-fatal 1967 attempt at jumping over the Caesars Palace fountain in Las Vegas.

Pastrana jumped the fountain in the opposite direction Knievel did. And to end at Caesars Palace, to have a chance to jump the fountain.

Appearing Sunday night in Las Vegas on the History Channel's "Evel Live", Pastrana cleared 52 crushed cars in a 143-foot jump and 16 Greyhound buses in a 192-foot jump.

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Performed live for the History Channel, Pastrana launched himself into the record books while honoring one of his heroes.

Knievel came down short (he said his Triumph 650 suddenly lost power on the take-off) hit the edge of the landing ramp and tumbled into the Dunes carpark, breaking his pelvis, femur, hip, wrist, and both ankles.

Prior to making the final jump, Pastrana told The History Channel, which televised the three-hour event live, "This has been absolutely unbelievable. I'm not done yet, but this was definitely one of the coolest things, the coolest thing I've ever been able to do". Pastrana didn't disappoint, though, as he flew 149 feet through the air to clear the fountain and thrill the attending crowd. If you thought the result of the bus jump was bad, brace yourself.

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Pastrana then did some burnouts to celebrate the feat. He also attempted and completed three of the famous daredevil's most iconic jumps.

Daredevil Travis Pastrana Lands Iconic Evel Knievel Motorcycle Jumps