Travis Pastrana Lands 3 Of Evel Knievel's Legendary Jumps


"It's just such an honor to live a day in Evel's footsteps, and literally his boots", Pastrana said. "This was definitely the coolest thing I've ever done".

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. The length was a record 140 feet. It's 141 feet over the 15-foot high fountain at Caesars Palace.

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.

Those in the US will be able to watch Pastrana in action from 8 p.m. EST Sunday on the History Channel.

In a televised Evel Live special on the History Channel, Mr Pastrana used an Indian Scout FTR750 to jump 143 feet - 23 feet farther than Knievel did in 1973 - and clear 52 crushed cars.

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

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"This was so cool, such an epic time", Pastrana told The History Channel. While these stunts might be seen as "easier" than some of the tricks he's done in the past, he put on a heck of a show for the Las Vegas crowd.

Pastrana said there were some slight concerns with the motorcycle just before he took off down the 200-yard ramp.

Evel Knievel, the first great motorcycle jumper, is better known for his spectacular failures than his hundreds of successful jumps.

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". Pastrana celebrated his success with a few burnouts and a dive in the fountain-it was a scorching 110 after all in Vegas.

Conditions were near-perfect weather-wise, although the temperatures were between 105 and 110 degrees, with temps on the surrounding asphalt - much like on a racetrack - hovered around 125 degrees.