Daredevil Travis Pastrana has successfully replicated three of Evel Knievel's motorcycle jumps. He then jumped over 16 buses and the notorious fountain at Caesars Palace. "I'm not done yet, but this was one of the coolest things - the coolest thing - I've ever done".
Last is the fountain jump, the one that left Knievel with a crushed pelvis, broken left hip, right ankle, hands and wrists, in a coma for 29 days. When Knievel did the stunt in 1973 at the Los Angeles Coliseum, he cleared 50 cars while soaring 120 feet through the air.
He set up the auto and bus jumps in the huge service area behind the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino - and did all his practice jumps on his usual dirtbike because the big Indian street-bike was completely unsuitable as a jumper. To be here, in Las Vegas, so much of my history has been here.
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He only had 200ft of run up to get his bike up to 70mph before he launched off the ramp, soared over the iconic fountains, and landed safely on the other side.
While Knievel might not have necessarily been the most successful stunt artist in terms of, uh, completing all his jumps and stunts, he was among the most daring ever and inspired a generation to think bigger. Pastrana completed the 149-foot leap with little fuss; he did it so quickly, the red, white and blue pyrotechnics didn't properly trigger, and had to be shown separately as a celebratory display.
"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. That's a ridiculous 484 feet of jumps in a single night.
After finishing with a few burnouts, Pastrana celebrated his triplicating feat by diving into the fountain.