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

Travis Pastrana outside of Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip

Garbed in that ver ysame red, white and blue, Pastrana attempted three of of Knievel's most well-known jumps.

The motorsports star and stunt showman succeeded in re-creating three of Evel Knievel's iconic motorcycle jumps Sunday in Las Vegas.

Pastrana's first jump broke Knievel's record 50-car jump as he flew 140ft over 52 cars - 23ft further than the original record which was set in 1973.

The third and final jump was reenacting Knievel's legendary attempt to jump the Caesar's Palace fountain.

The jumps were part of "Evel Live", a three-hour tribute to Knievel's legacy that aired live on the History channel in partnership with Nitro Circus, an action-sports tour co-founded by Pastrana.

Pastrana cleared 16 Greyhound buses - once again with the requisite pyro - firing up the Las Vegas crowd.

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"Man it's just such an honor to live a day in Evel's footsteps", Pastrana said in an interview after the jump.

Knievel came down short (he said his Triumph 650 suddenly lost power on the take-off) hit the edge of the landing ramp and tumbled into the Dunes carpark, breaking his pelvis, femur, hip, wrist, and both ankles.

The fountains jump was actually the lowest and shortest of the three, but by far the most hard and unsafe because the run-up was less than 61 metres. Pastrana recreated three of Evel Knievel's iconic motorcycle jumps on Sunday, including the leap over the fountains of Caesars Palace that left Knievel with multiple fractures and a severe concussion.

Over 50 years after Knievel's memorable crash, Pastrana cleared the fountains outside the Las Vegas casino. I proposed to my wife here. "I'm not done yet, but this was one of the coolest things - the coolest thing - I've ever done".

He set up the auto and bus jumps in the huge service area behind the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino - and did all his practice jumps on his usual dirtbike because the big Indian street-bike was completely unsuitable as a jumper. 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 then did some burnouts to celebrate the feat.

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