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Daredevil Travis Pastrana replicates Evel Knievel's jumps

Daredevil Travis Pastrana replicates Evel Knievel's jumps

In each of the jumps, all dedicated to a different feat attempted by the daredevil, Pastrana made history by landing each of them successfully.

Travis Pastrana has channelled his inner Evel Knievel - and outer Evel Knievel, judging by the outfit - and bettered three of the infamous stunt star's records.

His first jump was something of a warmup - a casual 143 feet over 52 cars stacked three to a pile.

The second jump re-created Knievel's attempt to clear 14 buses back in 1975.

Other than the abortive Snake River Canyon jump - which doesn't count because the Idaho state authorities classed the Skycycle X2 as an aircraft rather than a vehicle - Knievel's most notorious fail was his attempt to jump the fountains in front of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Here is Evel Knievel's jump at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, 45 years ago.

He said it was "an honor to live a day in Evel's boots".

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Such an attempt wasn't as hard for Pastrana, who jumped over 16 buses easily.

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

"Man, this is just an awesome honor", Pastrana said of clearing two of three jumps in record fashion. To be here, in Las Vegas, so much of my history has been here.

Travis Pastrana flies over the iconic fountain. I had [the] first Nitro Circus show here. "I'm not done yet, but this was definitely one of the coolest things, the coolest thing I've ever been able to do".

Pastrana then capped things off with one final and successful jump: he ran and jumped into the fountain, a fitting ending to one of the most outstanding extreme motorsports events ever seen. He also did so on a less-capable bike than he's used to riding, while wearing thick leathers, a cape (that he took off for the jumps), and platform shoes.

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 and cooled off at the same time by taking a flying leap into the Caesars' fountains.


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