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09 July 2018, 11:44 | Regina Holmes
Evel Knievel jumping the fountains at Caesars Palace in 1967
The event, which took place in Las Vegas and aired on the History Channel, was referred to as Evel Live, as it saw Pastrana recreate three of Knievel's most iconic jumps, including one stunt that almost killed the late performer.
Garbed in that ver ysame red, white and blue, Pastrana attempted three of of Knievel's most well-known jumps. The second jump involved breaking Knievel's record of jumping 14 Greyhound buses by jumping 16 buses for a total of 192 feet; and again, he made it look easy.
He attempted to jump the Caesars Palace fountain (141 feet) in 1967 but came up short, suffering a crushed pelvis and several broken bones.
"It's just such an honor to live a day in Evel's footsteps and literally his boots", Pastrana said, via ESPN.
The event took place in Las Vegas Sunday and was produced and aired live by The History Channel.
"This is all about Evel, and the coolest thing about this whole thing, all of Evel's family is out here", Pastrana added. And to replicate the kind of bikes his predecessor jumped, Pastrana will do it on an Indian Scout FTR750 - not one of the much lighter motorcross dirt bikes typically ridden in the X Games events. The History Channel notes that this is the jump that will require the highest speed and longest run-up.
Pastrana ended the event by jumping into the fountain as hundreds of fans on the streets of Las Vegas cheered him on.
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. He flew head first over the handlebars and tumbled like a rag doll along the pavement.
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