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Travis Pastrana successfully recreates Evel Knievel stunts in Las Vegas

Evel Knievel jumping the fountains at Caesars Palace in 1967 Evel Knievel jumping the fountains at Caesars Palace in 1967
Ivan Hill | 10 July, 2018, 04:42

Travis Pastrana has nailed a trio of stunts in Las Vegas in a tribute to late stuntman Even Knievel including one over the Caesars Palace fountain which the late stuntman was injured attempting.

Pastrana has much better luck and made the jump successfully and it was actually a shorter distance than the bus jump at only 149 feet.

When Knievel attempted to jump 141 feet over the 15-foot high fountain, he crushed his pelvis and broke his left hip, right ankle and both hands and wrists.

What do 52 crushed cars, 16 Greyhound buses and the fountain outside of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas have in common?

On Sunday, Pastrana wore white leathers, boots and a cape similar to Knievel's iconic costume. "I'm not done yet, but this was one of the coolest things - the coolest thing - I've ever done". In 1975, Knievel jumped 14 buses. When Knievel did the stunt in 1973 at the Los Angeles Coliseum, he cleared 50 cars while soaring 120 feet through the air. If you thought the result of the bus jump was bad, brace yourself.

Travis Pastrana is no stranger to death-defying stunts.

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

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

There was the jump over the cars, accompanied by red white and blue pyrotechnics as he attempted the hurdle. "This is the home of the most iconic jump, one of the most iconic events that has ever gone down".

Pastrana however, made the 149-foot jump easily.

Among those cheering was Kelly Knievel, Evel's 57-year-old son and a longtime Las Vegas resident.

"I've had a front row seat for everything Travis has done since 2003, and I can tell you this is extra special because Evel Knievel is somebody Travis has 100 percent has looked up to his whole entire life, and me as well", said "Streetbike" Tommy Passemante, a member of Pastrana's action sports collective Nitro Circus posse. Pastrana celebrated his success with a few burnouts and a dive in the fountain-it was a scorching 110 after all in Vegas.

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