Travis Pastrana Successfully Triplicates Iconic Jumps

Evel Knievel jumping the fountains at Caesars Palace in 1967

Last night in Las Vegas, motorsports pro Travis Pastrana replicated three of Evel Knievel's iconic jumps, including one that Knievel failed to complete during his legendary run as high-flying daredevil. The stunts air live Sunday as part of "Evel Live" beginning at 8 p.m. EST on the History Channel.

First, Pastrana, who is from Annapolis, jumped over 52 cars.

It's hard to watch Evel Knievel's disastrous and near-fatal 1967 attempt at jumping over the Caesars Palace fountain in Las Vegas.

"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 percent 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.

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. "I'm not done yet, but this was definitely the coolest thing I've ever been able to do".

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Then, Pastrana jumped 16 Greyhound buses (a record 193 feet), breaking the 14 buses that Knievel jumped during his career in 1975 (although Knievel crashed while jumping 13 buses at London's Wembley Stadium five months earlier in 1975).

Pastrana jumped the fountain in the opposite direction Knievel did. The other two jumps I had enough time to hit my marks exactly flawless.

But Pastrana grew more serious knowing the most risky and technical jump was still to come. It's 141 feet over the 15-foot high fountain at Caesars Palace.

After finishing with a few burnouts, Pastrana celebrated his triplicating feat by diving into the fountain.

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