Travis Pastrana Recreates Evel Knievel’s Motorcycle Jumps Live in Las Vegas
The legend of Evel Knievel will soar through the Las Vegas sky once again on July 8, when Travis Pastrana will attempt to recreate three of Knievel’s iconic motorcycle jumps for History’s “Evel Live.”
Nitro Circus and Greyhound have announced that motorsports star Travis Pastrana will attempt to jump over 16 Greyhound buses during “Evel Live,” a three-hour television event premiering Sunday, July 8 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on History. “Evel Live” will see Pastrana pay tribute to Evel Knievel as he recreates three of Knievel’s most celebrated feats, including his iconic 1975 bus jump from Kings Island Amusement Park, all live from Las Vegas.
Get a sneak peek of #EvelLive. Travis Pastrana of Nitro Circus will attempt three historical jumps as performed by the legendary Evel Knievel tonight LIVE at Caesars Palace at 8E/5P
Posted by HISTORY on Sunday, July 8, 2018
Greyhound will provide 16 buses for this milestone attempt, as Pastrana looks to challenge the 14 Greyhound bus jump Knievel executed over 40 years ago at Kings Island! Here’s a look back at Evel’s jump.
Pastrana will aim to recreate two other famous Knievel stunts during “Evel Live,” including jumping the length of 52+ cars as well as jumping the legendary Caesars Palace fountain. If successful, Pastrana will be the first individual to complete all three jumps consecutively in one three-hour timespan.
Raising the stakes even higher, Pastrana will attempt these jumps on a v-twin motorcycle similar to what Evel used. He will be jumping a modern day evolution of the flat track motorcycles of the past, the Indian Scout FTR750. If successful, Pastrana will be the first person to complete all three jumps in one night.
Alongside the three jumps will be live interviews with Knievel and Pastrana family members, archival footage of the history behind Knievel’s many daring jumps, and expert analysis. Spanning a career of 15 years that saw 75 spectacular motorcycle jumps – and a few harrowing accidents – Knievel inspired modern daredevils such as Pastrana, who was the first person ever to land a double backflip on a motorcycle.
“We are thrilled to partner with Nitro Circus and History as they honor Evel Knievel’s legacy by recreating his most famous stunts,” said Andy Kaplinsky, chief commercial officer, Greyhound Lines, Inc. “We believe in pushing boundaries and making history, and just as Greyhound was at the forefront of Knievel’s first daring bus jump, we will be there to share in this one-of-a-kind experience and continue to create memorable moments for consumers.”
For more information, visit the official Evel Live website by clicking here.
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