Watch a Daredevil Replicate Three of Evel Knievel's Best Jumps

Sergio Cunningham
July 10, 2018

"Thank you for everyone watching, and the Evel Knievel family for coming out and making my dreams come true, and hopefully everyone enjoyed the show".

"Man, it's been such an honor and been an awesome career. I'm not done yet, but this was one of the coolest things - the coolest thing - I've ever done". The length was a record 140 feet.

That ended the night for Pastrana, who dove into the Caesar's Palace fountains to celebrate his successful throwback to a different time of spectacle in America. Knievel famously did not stick the landing when he tried this stunt in 1967 and broke more than 40 bones.

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.

In the age of social media and millions of eyes being on live events like this, it was surely health'n'safety-ed to the max. 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.

Pastrana surpassed Knievel's jump over 50 crushed cars, done at the Los Angeles Coliseum in 1973, by clearing 52 cars.

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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.

"This was so cool, such an epic time", Pastrana told The History Channel. To be here, in Las Vegas, so much of my history has been here.

"It's just been a lot of fun, but really, this is the one that matters the most to me", Pastrana said.

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.

"It's not the longest jump but it's definitely the hardest".

Pastrana then did some burnouts to celebrate the feat. That had to be hot given that the temperature was well over 100 degrees.

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