The action sports legend triumphed where the American icon previously fell short.
Travis Pastrana has made history by completing three of Evel Knievel’s most iconic jumps.
The action sports legend leapt 52 crushed cars (over 43.58 meters / 142.97 feet), 16 buses (over 57.91 meters / 190 feet), and the famous Caesars Palace fountain (over 45.41 meters / 149 feet) in Las Vegas during a three-hour live TV event.
The first two jumps bettered Knievel’s numbers – the daredevil jumped 50 stacked cars in 1973, and 14 Greyhound buses in 1975 in a jump that followed a similar but unsuccessful attempt in London five months earlier which left him on the brink of retirement.
Headlining the event was the Caesars Palace jump. Knievel’s attempt was arguably his most famous stunt, but the event left him fighting for his life after a botched landing.
While the Caesars fountain jump has been completed since, notably by Knievel’s son Robbie in 1989 (22 years after his father’s attempt), nobody has ever successfully completed the jump on a heavy flat track, V-twin bike; instead choosing to use much more suitable dirt and motocross bikes.