Sunday, 20th July 2018.
History has been re-created by daredevil Travis Pastrana. The 3 most iconic jumps of Motorcycling history were re-lived without any accident and were broadcast on live TV. Travis dressed up in a replica of Knievel’s signature white riding suit with a star-spangled blue V across the chest.
Robert Craig Knievel Jr. professionally known as Evel Knievel is a name that needs no introduction in the motorcycling world. 50 years ago, the Nitro Circus star jumped 152 feet over 52 crushed cars, cleared 16 Greyhound buses and flew over the Caesars Palace fountains, a stunt that nearly killed Knievel.
Now, Travis Pasrana has recreated the same and added to the legacy.
“It’s just such an honour to live a day on Evel’s footsteps and literally in his boots. To be here in Las Vegas, so much of my history has been here. I proposed my wife here. I had my first Nitro Circus show here. Out of all, this is definitely the coolest thing I’ve ever done.” says Travis.
The first two jumps were both longer than Knievel’s record jumps, but the third jump had to be done in the opposite direction, because of the new construction around the fountain. Back in 1967, Evel crashed on his attempt around the same fountain, breaking his pelvis and other bones.
Now Travis Pastrana has recreated history. Watch the videos here:
Travis Pastrana jumps 52 crushed cars
Travis Pastrana jumps 16 Greyhound buses
Caesars Fountain Jump
“It’s not the longest jump, but it’s definitely the hardest.” – says Travis Pastrana, after being left with just 200 feet to accelerate up to 70 mph before the ramp.
Travis landed perfectly after each jump, even though riding a customized Indian flat track bike similar to the one Evel used in his jumps which is heavier and less suitable than a modern motocross bike suitable for such stunts.
After all of this action, the 34-year-old daredevil, Travis Pastrana celebrated the victory by taking a last jump, into the fountain but without his bike this time.