Travis Pastrana successfully recreates Evel Knievel stunts in Las Vegas

Evel Knievel outside of Caesars Palace in 1967

Evel Knievel outside of Caesars Palace in 1967

Travis Pastrana, a multi-time X Games victor, NASCAR driver and co-founder of the Nitro Circus, successfully accomplished an incredible stunt on Sunday when he jumped 140 feet over the fountains of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The event took place in Las Vegas Sunday and was produced and aired live by The History Channel.

On Sunday, Pastrana embodied the spirit of a daredevil that came before him, Evel Knievel, breaking three of his records with three successive jumps in Las Vegas.

After that, Pastrana completed a jump of 192 feet over 16 buses, besting Knievel's 14 buses jumped in 1975 and set himself up for the most iconic attempt of the night - a leap over the fountains at Caesars Palace.

"Man I tell you what, it's been such an honor".

"The other jumps I was able to keep the bike nice and cool", he explained.

Dressed in a red, white and blue starred firesuit and cape that paid homage to Knievel's trademark outfit, Pastrana began the night by jumping 52 crushed cars, surpassing Knievel's mark of 50 cars. He said it was "an honor to live a day in Evel's boots". "This was definitely the coolest thing I've ever done".

Knievel's son Robbie successfully jumped the fountains in 1989, but as a one-off jump.

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. Pastrana has much better luck and made the jump successfully and it was actually a shorter distance than the bus jump at only 149 feet.

With less than 200 feet to get his bike up to about 70 miles an hour, Pastrana soared over the iconic Caesar's Palace fountains in Las Vegas, and made it look easy.

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