Travis Pastrana To Attempt Three Daring Evel Knievel Jumps

Evel Knievel jumping the fountains at Caesars Palace in 1967

Evel Knievel jumping the fountains at Caesars Palace in 1967

Pastrana, dressed in a full Evel Knievel getup, left no doubt in nailing a 52-car jump - complete with red, white and blue pyrotechnics.

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.

In jump number one, Pastrana tackled Knievel's 50-car, 120-feet jump he completed in 1973.

The second jump had Pastrana recreating a stunt Knievel performed at King's Island in OH, when he jumped 14 Greyhound buses.

The finale was a recreation of perhaps Knievel's most famous (or infamous?) stunt: jumping the fountains at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Knievel's son Robbie successfully jumped the fountains in 1989, but as a one-off jump.

Then came the grand finale: Jumping the main fountain at Caesar's Palace.

"It's just such an honor to live a day in Evel's footsteps, and literally his boots", Pastrana said.

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Pastrana idolized Knievel growing up, and paid tribute to him by wearing his trademark American-flag themed jumpsuit and using a similar motorcycle to the one he originally tried the jump with.

The History channel broadcast the event under the title "Evel Live".

Travis Pastrana is no stranger to death-defying stunts. Pastrana set up 16 buses and took his Indian into the Vegas sky.

"The other jumps I was able to keep the bike nice and cool", he explained.

This is a stunt Knievel attempted in 1967 and is his longest, most notorious jump.

All three took place over the course of a few hours in Las Vegas, Pastrana rattling through them with nearly ruthless efficiency. "This is the home of the most iconic jump, one of the most iconic events that has ever gone down".

Left with just 200 feet to accelerate to 70 miles per hour before the ramp, Pastrana said, "It's not the longest jump, but it's definitely the hardest".

It's tough to jump over a bunch of cars, but you know what's tougher? Pastrana celebrated and cooled off at the same time by taking a flying leap into the Caesars' fountains.

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