Travis Pastrana Lands 3 Of Evil Knievel's Iconic Jumps

Travis Pastrana Lands 3 Of Evil Knievel's Iconic Jumps”

Maryland's own x-games star Travis Pastrana completes three of Evel Knievel's most outrageous stunts in just three hours.

Motorcycling legend Travis Pastrana paid tribute to Evel Knievel the only way he knows how: by breaking a few of his records.

Last up was Knievel's fountain jump, in which the daredevil attempted to make a 140-foot jump over the fountain at Caesar's Palace.

"This is all about Evel, and the coolest thing about this whole thing, all of Evel's family is out here", Pastrana said. To be here, in Las Vegas, so much of my history has been here.

Pastrana, who is nearing the end of an impressive career as a stunt showman and professional motorsports competitor, admitted he was nervous leading up to the event, which began in an empty lot behind Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Paris Las Vegas and Bally's Las Vegas. "This is the most iconic jump in stunt lore". The History Channel notes that this is the jump that will require the highest speed and longest run-up.

That was not the case for Pastrana, even though he had a significantly smaller area for both takeoff and landing due to capital improvements and expansion of the same area over the years after Knievel made his jump attempt more than 50 years ago.

The jump over the cars was 143 feet, the jump over the buses 192 feet and the jump over the fountain 149 feet - though with more elevation. Knievel wiped out on the landing and was hospitalized with multiple broken bones, but Pastrana soared over the fountain and landed well down the landing ramp. "I made my dreams come true and hopefully everyone enjoyed the show". And while Pastrana won't attempt to lengthen Knievel's attempt in any way, he'll have less room to operate, with a far shorter approach and run-out, given the development that's taken place on the Caesars Palace property over the ensuing 50 years.

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