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Everything You Need to Know About Travis Pastrana's Evel Knievel Jumps

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Three jumps. Two legends.

Travis Pastrana has more than earned his reputation as a bonafide action-sport icon. One of the most decorated freestyle athletes in X Games history, he’s the motocross champion who simultaneously dropped millions of jaws in 2006 with the first-ever dirt-bike double back flip. He’s the guy who backflipped a motorcycle between two rooftops. Who went skydiving, shirtless, without a parachute—and lived to tell the tale.

Not surprisingly, he’s eyeing a few records set by Evel Knievel.

Evel—well, he hardly needs an introduction. He’s the legendary two-wheeling daredevil who jumped, and crashed, his way into American pop-culture history in the 1960s and ’70s. He started his stunt career by not quite making it over a box of rattlesnakes and mountain lions (the snakes escaped)—and it only got crazier from there. He graduated to vaulting vehicles: cars, trucks, and buses, his signature white cape sometimes flying in his wake. At one point he tried to rocket across a canyon, but was thwarted by a premature parachute. Funny thing, though—the more he wiped out, the more famous he became and the more people wanted to know: Would he make the next one? Knievel holds the Guinness World Record for most broken bones sustained in a lifetime, at 433.

Stunt performers and extreme-sports athletes ever since owe a debt to his legacy—of big dreams, big cojones and nerves of steel. His stunts, many of which were televised on ABC’s “Wide World of Sports,” opened the taps to lucrative film and merchandise deals, and set the table for the billion-dollar extreme-sports industry that would follow decades later. Pastrana, on July 8 in Las Vegas, hopes to pay homage to that legacy while putting his name in the record books with three epic, Evel-inspired jumps. Here, in graphic form, are the particulars:

First up: The crushed cars.

By February 1973, Knievel had been jumping motorcycles for money for nearly a decade. But for most of that time, when he soared over vehicles, the obstacles usually numbered in the teens. His jump at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was in another league altogether: Riding his Harley Davidson XR-750, Evel promised to soar over over 50 stacked, crushed cars, 18 abreast.

He delivered, landing at the end of the safety ramp, having spanned a distance of 120 feet. And after the successful stunt, Knievel addressed the crowd of nearly 24,000, who had paid $8 a ticket ($4 for kids). “Did they come to see me die?” he asked. “No, I don’t think they did. As I came down that ramp, I could feel everybody’s good wishes and prayers. I don’t think anybody in L.A. wants to see me get killed.”

Pastrana will attempt to best that record by jumping the equivalent of 52 crushed cars. But unlike with his freestyle jumps, he’ll be attempting these on an Indian Scout FTR750 bike, similar to the Harley that Evel rode. It will be a major X factor in the evening’s proceedings, since it’s heavier, with less in the way of suspension than what Pastrana is used to—built for speed and handling, and not for his usual high-flying, acrobatic brand of jumping.

Next up: The Greyhounds.

In October 1975, Evel emerged from one of several prematurely announced retirements—and he did so with high ambition. Nearly five months earlier, at Wembley Stadium in London, he had attempted to jump 13 single-decker buses, and come up just a little bit short. Having hit the last bus, he crashed in spectacular, wince-worthy fashion, breaking his pelvis and his back. And somehow, before being whisked away on a stretcher, he pulled himself up to stand at a microphone and tell the crowd they were the last people to ever see him jump.

Yeah, right. That October, he upped the ante to 14 Greyhound buses at King’s Island.

Evel made the jump. His front wheel pulled up on him toward the end of his hangtime, he told ABC commentator Frank Gifford afterward: “If I’d gone another three feet it would’ve looped over backward on me.” He announced that with this feat, having spanned 133 feet, he had “jumped far enough.” He would go on to perform, but not to pursue any longer distances.

Pastrana will push that limit, and is looking to clear 16 Greyhound buses. Of the three jumps he will attempt, this one will require the highest speed and the longest run-in.

The night will wrap up at the Caesar’s Palace Fountain, the site of one of Knievel’s worst wipeouts—and likely the one that thrust the then-little-known stunt performer into the national spotlight.

Lengthwise, this was Evel’s most ambitious jump, as he was shooting to clear more than 140 feet. When he missed the landing, he crashed at around 90 mph, tumbling head over heels, over and over. In the process, he crushed his pelvis, broke his left hip, right ankle, hands and wrists. “The helmet saved my life,” he later said. Still, he suffered a concussion that put him in the hospital, in a coma, for nearly a month.

And while ABC declined to broadcast that Caesars Palace jump live, its notoriety piqued the network’s attention. Its programmers went on to broadcast many of Evel’s subsequent stunts on its popular “Wide World of Sports,” some of which still rank among the highest-rated specials in the show’s history.

Since Evel made the fountain attempt in 1967, the Caesars Palace property has become considerably more built out, which will pose significant challenges for Pastrana in his own go at the fountain. With less than half the space Evel had to work with, and jumping in the opposite direction, Pastrana will have a far shorter approach and a shorter run-out—meaning he’ll have to reach jump speed more rapidly and stop faster on the other side. In some ways, he’ll be saving the most challenging stunt for last.

Watch iconic cars and breathtaking stunts during Car Week, kicking off with Evel Live 2 on Sunday, July 7 at 8ET/5PT.


Daredevil Travis Pastrana replicates Evel Knievel’s jumps

Honoring the man who paved the way for dozens of daredevils, Travis Pastrana succeeded in breaking three of Evel Knievel’s iconic motorcycle jump records Sunday night.

Donning his own Knievel-like costume, Pastrana used an Indian Scout FTR750 to jump 143 feet to clear 52 crushed cars, 192 feet over 16 Greyhound buses and concluded the ‘Evel Live’ event on the History Channel by jumping 149 feet to clear the fountains at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

‘It’s just such an honor to live a day in Evel’s footsteps, and literally his boots,’ Pastrana said. ‘To be here in Las Vegas, so much of my history has been here. I proposed to my wife here, I had (the) first Nitro Circus show here. This was definitely the coolest thing I’ve ever done.’

Travis Pastrana honored the late daredevil Evel Knievel by recreating three of his jumps on live TV Sunday night. The biggest feat was jumping over the Caesars Palace fountains

Knievel crashed on his attempt to jump the fountains in 1967 – crushing his pelvis and fracturing several other bones in the process

Pastrana paid homage to the late Knievel by dressing up in an Americana-style white leather outfit

Outside Caesars Palace, hundreds cheered the daredevil on as he made the jump over the fountains

Pastrana recreated three of Knievel’s jumps for a live event recorded for the History channel

Pastrana, who is nearing the end of an impressive career as a stunt showman and professional motorsports competitor, admitted he was nervous leading up to the event, which began in an empty lot behind Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Paris Las Vegas and Bally’s Las Vegas.

‘This is all about Evel, and the coolest thing about this whole thing, all of Evel’s family is out here,’ said Pastrana, whose outfit included a white jumpsuit with the blue V and white stars, a cape and high heel dress boots. ‘This is the home of the most iconic jump, one of the most iconic events that has ever gone down. And to end at Caesars Palace, to have a chance to jump the fountain.

‘It’s not the longest jump but it’s definitely the hardest.’

Pastrana used an Indian Scout FTR750 to jump 192 feet over 16 Greyhound buses. Knievel jumped over just 14 Greyhound buses when he made his attempt in 1975 at Ohio’s Kings Island amusement park

‘This is all about Evel, and the coolest thing about this whole thing, all of Evel’s family is out here,’ said Pastrana

‘This is the home of the most iconic jump, one of the most iconic events that has ever gone down. And to end at Caesars Palace, to have a chance to jump the fountain,’ Pastrana added

After his first two jumps over the cars and buses, Pastrana had a police escort while riding the same motorcycle along Las Vegas Boulevard all while popping wheelies and stopping to high-five and shake hands with fans

After his first two jumps over the cars and buses, Pastrana had a police escort while riding the same motorcycle along Las Vegas Boulevard all while popping wheelies and stopping to high-five and shake hands with fans.

‘To be able to get a police escort on the Las Vegas Strip, I mean c’mon,’ said Pastrana, 34, who cleared the fountains over 50 years after Knievel famously crashed while attempting the same feat.

Pastrana jumped the fountain in the opposite direction Knievel did. With the area much more built out than it was on New Year’s Eve in 1967, Pastrana had less space for his approach, leaving him a shorter distance to reach approximately 70 miles per hour before takeoff.

Pastrana jumped 143 feet to clear 52 crushed cars, topping Knievel’s previous record of 50 crushed cars – a feat he pulled off in 1973 at the Los Angeles Coliseum

‘To be able to get a police escort on the Las Vegas Strip, I mean c’mon,’ said Pastrana, 34, who cleared the fountains over 50 years after Knievel famously crashed while attempting the same feat

Above, another photo of Pastrana jumping over a row of crushed cars on Sunday

Knievel, who died in 2007 at age 69, came up short on his attempt at jumping the fountain, hitting the knuckle just before the landing ramp and losing control. He flew head first over the handlebars and tumbled along the pavement, crushing his pelvis and fracturing several other bones in the process.

Knievel jumped over 50 crushed cars at the Los Angeles Coliseum in 1973, and 14 Greyhound buses in 1975 at Ohio’s Kings Island amusement park.

‘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 per cent 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. ‘This is the greatest thing to pay homage to the greatest to ever do it. There’s not a better showman that’s ever happened in the sports action industry like Evel Knievel.’

Travis Pastrana peforms during HISTORY’s Live Event ‘Evel Live’ on July 8, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada

Travis Pastrana poses with his wife Lynz (left) and their two daughters Addy (center left) and Bristol (center right) at the event on Sunday

The event was clearly a hot ticket in Las Vegas Sunday night, with hundreds gathered outside just one of the events, above

Between students Pastrana drove his motorcycle down the strip and high-fived and posed for pictures with fans along the way

Pastrana pops a wheelie as he drives down the Las Vegas strip during the event on Sunday


Travis Pastrana nails Evel Knievel’s famous jumps in Las Vegas

Infamous daredevil Evel Knievel’s legacy lives on after extreme motorsports superstar Travis Pastrana completed all three of his most famous jumps in three hours on Sunday night in Las Vegas.

"It's such an honor to live a day in Evel's boots," Pastrana told The History Channel, which broadcast the live event.

Dressed in Knievel’s trademark red, white and blue, Pastrana used a heavy, track-like bike for the stunt.

He started out the night by jumping 140 feet over 52 crushed cars -- surpassing Knievel’s record of 50 cars.

In his second jump, Pastrana soared 192 feet, clearing 16 Greyhound Buses. This beat out Knievel's jump over 14 buses at King's Island in Ohio, in 1975, according to The History Channel.

After his first two jumps, Pastrana traveled down Las Vegas Boulevard via police escort -- doing wheelies and burnouts and taking selfies with fans along the way.

The grand finale was the most technical and infamous -- a jump over the main fountain at Caesar’s Palace.

Knievel attempted the jump in 1967 and missed -- crashing at about 90 miles per hour.

He crushed his pelvis, broke several bones and suffered a concussion that put him in the hospital for nearly a month.

It was the longest attempt of his career at 140 feet, according to NBC Sports.

Pastrana had roughly half the room Knievel had to ramp up ahead of the jump, estimating that he would need to get the bike up to 70 mph in less than 200 feet.


Where can I watch the Travis Pastrana Evel Knievel jumps?

It's not just for the colonials to watch: you can see it in the UK too.

BACK IN the 1970s millions would crowd around their TVs to see Evel Knievel break records or break bones and History is doing the same this weekend with the three-hour live special that will see Travis Pastrana attempt to replicate Evel’s greatest hits on an Indian FTR750.

We’ve talked about it before – here,hereand here– but while American readers will be able to tune in to ‘Evel Live’ at 8pm ET on Sunday, History’s UK arm isn’t running a concurrent live broadcast. For a start, it will be 1am on Monday morning in the UK when the event gets started, so you’d need to be a rabid Knievel or Pastrana fan to stay up for it. As it turns out, if you try, you’ll be greeted instead with some documentaries about ships.

But never fear, because here in the UK, History is showing the full three hours of ‘Evel Live’ at the much more civilised time of 9pm on Monday night (9 July). It’s on channel 130 on Sky, channel 270 on Virgin, and channel 327 on BT TV or TalkTalk.


Travis Pastrana Makes History By Landing Three Of Evel Knievel’s Most Iconic Jumps

Last night, professional motorsports icon and Nitro Circus ring leader Travis Pastrana honored legendary daredevil Evel Knievel by attempting three of his most dangerous feats in Las Vegas, with millions of viewers tuning in to watch it play out LIVE on HISTORY’s Evel Live.

Now if you are a Nitro Circus fan, you know that Pastrana is no stranger to danger, pulling off some pretty incredible stunts (like jumping out of a plane without a parachute), but he’s also had some pretty gnarly mishaps along the way.

So how did he fare last night? Keep reading to find out.

In the first stunt of the night, Travis set out to break Evel’s record by jumping over 52 crushed cars (Knievel only jumped over 50 cars when he did the stunt at the L.A. Coliseum in 1973). Of the three jumps, this was the shortest, and he cleared the cars with ease. Still, had the weather played a part (it was 111° F outside), or if if the Indian Scout FTR750 V-twin motorcycle wasn’t up to the task, it could have been ugly, as the last thing you want to land on is a crushed car.

You can watch the jump here:

After that, Travis set out to break Evel’s record by jumping over 16 Greyhound buses (Knievel only jumped over 14 buses when he pulled off this iconic stunt at King’s Island in Ohio back in 1975). Mind you, he’s still amped up from that first jump, and he’s been roasting in that crazy leather get-up of his for nearly 2 hours now. Would this play a part in the stunt?

Nope! Once again, Travis soared over those buses like it was nothing, and looking at the video below, you can see that he had plenty of room to spare. Pretty incredible stuff.

The final stunt of the night had Pastrana attempting to complete the famous Caesars Palace fountain jump that 50 years ago left Knievel grasping for his life (where he suffered a crushed pelvis and femur, fractures to his hip, wrist, and both ankles, and a concussion that kept him in the hospital), on a v-twin motorcycle similar to what Evel used.

This one was quite the nail biter, with a super short approach ramp and no room for error. And once again, Travis made it look easy, flying over the fountains with ease and landing safely on the other side. I’m pretty sure I held my breath the entire time!

Kudos to Travis Pastrana for pulling off all three of these insane jumps, and further cementing himself as an action sports legend. I like to think that Evel was watching from above, and giving Travis a big thumbs-up for doing him proud!


Travis Pastrana Completes Three of Evel Knievel’s Iconic Jumps

Evel Knievel became a household name throughout the late 1960’s. Few would ever think about attempting his famous long-jump stunts. However, Travis Pastrana made it look easy.

Last night in Las Vegas the motorsports veteran completed three of Knievel’s most famous jumps, one of which Knievel failed and almost died during his career run as America’s favorite dare-devil.

Pastrana rode an Indian Scout FTR750. Propelled by the 748 cc engine he was able to jump 143 feet to clear 52 crushed cars. Then he showed no signs of fear as he jumped over 16 Greyhound buses totaling 193 feet.

Dressed in a white leather suit complete with a blue V, white stars, and a cape, he closed the “Evel Live” show by clearing the fountains at Ceasar’s Palace, spanning 143 feet.

Ironically, Knievel attempted to jump across the fountains at the palace in 1967. Unfortunately for him, he hit the knuckle just before landing ramp. As a result, he went headfirst over the handlebars, crushed his pelvis and fractured several other bones according to ESPN.

“It’s just such an honor to live a day in Evel’s footsteps and literally his boots,” Pastrana said. “To be here in Las Vegas, so much of my history has been here. I proposed to my wife here. I had [the] first Nitro Circus show here. This was definitely the coolest thing I’ve ever done.”

Coming from a man who has conquered everything from supercross to the X Games and rally cars.

“This is all about Evel, and the coolest thing about this whole thing, all of Evel’s family is out here,” said Pastrana, “This is the home of the most iconic jump, one of the most iconic events that has ever gone down. And to end at Caesars Palace, to have a chance to jump the fountain, it’s not the longest jump, but it’s definitely the hardest.”




Travis Pastrana replicates Evel Knievel motorcycle jumps

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Travis Pastrana To Attempt Three Daring Evel Knievel Jumps

The stunts, set to air live during ‘Evel Live’ on the History Channel, will be performed by Pastrana on an Indian Scout FTR750. While the motorcycle has been slightly modified for the daring stunts, it is a dramatic departure from the motorcross bikes usually used for such jumps. It has been selected as a tribute to the flat track motorcycles which Even Knievel used.

The first of the three stunts will see Pastrana attempt to replicate Knievel’s 1973 jump over 50 crushed cars across a span of 120 feet at the L.A. Coliseum. Pastrana will look to jump 52 crushed cars to outdo the legend.

If all goes well, Pastrana will then immediately attempt to jump 16 Greyhound buses. In 1975, Knievel jumped 14 buses. Last but not least is the famous jump over the Caesars Palace fountain in Las Vegas.

When Knievel attempted to jump 141 feet over the 15-foot high fountain, he crushed his pelvis and broke his left hip, right ankle and both hands and wrists. He was also left in a coma for 29 days. The jump may prove even more difficult for Pastrana because changes to Caesars Palace means he will have a shorter approach and smaller run-out area.

Pastrana has made a name for himself for doing some rather crazy things but if successful, these three jumps will be among his finest achievements on two wheels to date.

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


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Be careful what you ask for, you just may get it.

TALK A BIT ABOUT CHOOSING THE INDIAN OVER A HARLEY DAVIVIDSON. We went to Roland Sands and I said, O.K. let’s make an XR 750 Harley. That is what Evil always jumps and he said, “No, Evil jumped everything.” He really did. He jumped just about every bike brand under the sun, including Indian. Obviously that Harley with the #1 and the red, white and blue is what you think of for Evil, but Roland said, “Look, this is a huge resurgence in dirt track bikes that is coming up right now. He said the company putting the most into it, helping the most riders, and the company that is really going after it the most with the most progressive, most modern bike that is the closest to the twin that Evil was jumping was the Indian Scout. He said those guys will come on board and if we are breaking anything on our tests, they are the first people who are going to be there to help you. They are going to be there to support the industry, and the community, so I put my faith in Roland and said, “okay, then lets do it”.

IT DOES APPEAR THERE IS A RESURGANCE IN DIRT TRACK RACING, AND THAT INDIAN IS HEAVILY INVOLVED. Since Indian came out with the new Scout, it has really been dominant. They are putting a lot of time, money, and a lot of effort into Dirt Track. It died off there for a couple of years, but now it’s making a comeback. If you look into it a little deeper, I know there is a lot of technology, and definitely more computers involved. The Action Sports guys, even when they get a little older, they want a vehicle. They want something that they can modify, something they can work on. You can race these bikes, or keep them street legal and still have fun.

WHAT WAS INVOLVED IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THESE PARTICULAR JUMPS INTO A THREE-HOUR LIVE SHOW? A lot of factors. Actually, as our family was kind of sitting around the table, thinking what was Evil’s most iconic jump? Everyone had his or her own idea. I definitely think he was known for jumping stuff. Not like Fonzie jumping the shark. So, we kind of said all right car jumping and this is something that we can just visually kind of bring back and there are not a lot of people that jump stuff anymore. They jump distances and they jump whatever. So we were thinking we have to make this as much of a show as possible. Heck, Roland Sands went out and found like this seamstress shop to make the boots or the high-heeled dress boots that Evil wore and got me a set of those and going all out, I got a cape.

Jumping with the cape and his showmanship was what it was all about, so when we started thinking jumps, we thought what is the most visually representative that we can do, so that idea came in. so we will do those two and then literally get a police escort down the strip of Las Vegas, Nevada. And on with the show, that is what Evil would have wanted

We are separating the cars a little further away and we are adding a couple of buses to the bus jump, but it is not to do better than Evil, it is just to try to take this as far as we can with the modern technology that we have, but the bike, it is still similar. It is the most similar modern version of what he rode. You still have to push the envelope of what you can do, and it still has to be crazy. It has to be something that might go wrong. Of course I hope it does not go wrong, but that is the sprit of Evil. He did not do the same thing over and over again. He had to push the battery of the human spirit and we will definitely try to do that with those three jumps.

I AM ASSUMING YOU ARE DOING SOME PREPARATION FOR THIS, BUT YOU ARE NOT GOING TO DO THESE JUMPS UNTIL THE ACTUAL SHOW? Basically that is true, we built all the ramps and then jumped them on a moderate motorcycle, and so I went and figured out the speeds. Obviously a bike that weighs 400 pounds is going to drop out of the sky a little faster than the 450, but at the same time we are pretty close on speeds. So basically we worked with how fast you get up to speed, and how long it took me to slow down the Indian. With that we knew how far the jumps could be or where we needed to set them, so we are pretty confident. The hardest part is having to get to about 70 MPH to make the Caesar stunt jump, and I only have just under 200 feet to do that, just with all the infrastructure around there. So that one scares me a bit

WHAT IS THE MAJOR DIFFERENCEC BETWEEN JUMPING A MOTOCROSS BIKE VERSUS AN INDIAN 750? Definitely it is like a jumbo jet kind of compared to a Cesena. The jumbo jet will go faster, but it takes longer before it really flies. It also needs longer to stop. With the dirt bike, I can get up to 30 or 40 mph pretty quickly, but with the Scout it is not really made to get up to speed super quick. It is super linear with the powerband, but when it does kick in at about 30 MPH, it quickly will go faster. The landing is going to be the biggest issue. It is not that the take-off feels much different on a Scout as it does on a dirt bike, but the landing is like dropping a tank out of the sky. I am lucky I weigh 200 pounds, because I feel like some of the smaller guys would have a much harder time

ONE VERY UNIQUE ASPECT OF THIS EVENT IS THAT IT WILL BE LIVE, AND THERE ARE THINGS THAT YOU CANNOT CONTROL, SUCH AS THE WIND. That is what scares me the most. Not only am I doing a jump, but also I am representing an icon, definitely a legend, and my hero. When he said he was going to do something, it did not matter, the bike, the ramp, whatever set-up was wrong Evil still did it. I think that is the scariest part, knowing if it is super windy and we would normally call it off, I got to go. I am not saying that there is no amount of wind that I would not stop or no amount of rain or whatever, but I am really hoping for good conditions. I feel that this is the X-factor, beyond doing three jumps, trying to get this bike to survive all three landings, having the hardest jump at the end, and not missing a shift with the dress high heeled boots is the x-factor. Or it being 120 degrees outside when we have not tested the bike that hot to see if still has the same amount of power. There are a lot of scary factors already with a live event, but weather is something that definitely I am hoping and praying that on the day, that is not going to be an extra-added concern. (Laugh)

Photo: Chris Tedesco/Red Bull Content Pool

OBVIOUSLY YOU HAVE NOT YET DONE THIS EVENT, BUT CAN YOU STILL COMPARE IT TO SOME OF YOUR OTHER JUMPS? Well, at the end of the day, this is a tribute. It is scary, and it is challenging. As far as my dad is concerned, this is the greatest thing I have ever done by a thousand times. But it comes from years and years of working on how to do all this stuff. Having all these great people behind me, and building the bike with so much knowledge helps it. This should be something that is very doable and this is a sport that is going to be kind of bringing a couple of generations together and hopefully will be well received. As far as an athletic feat, it should be something that is within my capabilities as opposed to a lot of stuff that I have done that I have gotten really lucky on, so we will see. Anything can go in any direction. It is a live event, and is nerve racking for sure.


Watch the video: Robbie Maddisons 2008 New Years Eve jump (June 2022).


Comments:

  1. Xola

    I liked the first one - I think this one is not worse.

  2. Ralf

    Sounds completely in a seductive way

  3. Nekinos

    Thanks so much for the support, how can I thank you?



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