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Fifty years after Evel Knievel so famously worn out attempting to leap the fountain at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, motion sports activities wild man Travis Pastrana will attempt to nail the stunt Sunday evening within the finale of a triple-header tribute to the late daredevil.

It’s a frightening proposition even for Pastrana, who’s winding down a profession through which he’s finished some fairly loopy issues.

If he sticks it, what a technique to exit.

“For me, this is going to be really awesome,” Pastrana mentioned in a telephone interview. “All my family is coming out and so many of my friends are coming out. I literally get to live a day in Evel Knievel’s boots, if you will. I’m pretty nervous. It’s keeping me up a little bit at night.”

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That’s a heck of an admission from Pastrana. But when the History Channel got here to Nitro Circus, which Pastrana co-founded, on the lookout for a dwell occasion that crossed a few generations, “it was pretty much a no-brainer. I thought, I definitely have to do something about the man who started action sports. He was the first one who showed that you could jump a motorcycle.”

Pastrana’s try to leap the fountain will cap “Evel Live,” a three-hour telecast on the History Channel.

Before he tries to change into the primary individual to efficiently clear the Caesars Palace fountain, the 34-year-old Pastrana will attempt to exceed two different well-known jumps by Knievel. He’ll attempt to surpass Knievel’s soar over 50 crushed automobiles, finished on the Los Angeles Coliseum in 1973, after which beat by two the stuntman’s soar over 14 Greyhound buses, achieved in 1975 at Ohio’s Kings Island amusement park.

The first two jumps can be behind Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Paris Las Vegas and Bally’s Las Vegas. Pastrana will then get a police escort to Caesars Palace.

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Pastrana will try the jumps on an Indian Scout FTR750, a modern-day evolution of the flat observe bikes of the previous. He mentioned it’s double the burden of the grime bikes he usually makes use of in jumps, with 3 times the facility and about one-third of the suspension journey.

“I got on the Indian and it was like, ‘Holy cow, it’s like jumping a tank.’ Now I understand why Evel crashed so much.”

Pastrana will soar the fountain in the wrong way that Knievel did. Because the realm is extra constructed out than it was 50 years in the past, he’ll have much less area for the run-in and must speed up as onerous as he can.

“I literally have to hit 68 mph in under 200 feet,” he mentioned. “With his high-heel dress boots, if I miss a shift, I’m in the fountain for sure.”

That’s proper, Pastrana will even be dressed like Knievel, in a white jumpsuit with the blue V and white stars.

“Even down as far as the boots,” he mentioned. “I went to a tailor and they’re probably the most expensive shoes I have. They’re made for going out, not for jumping.”

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Knievel got here up quick on his try at leaping the fountain, hitting the knuckle simply earlier than the touchdown ramp and dropping management. He flew head first over the handlebars and tumbled like a rag doll alongside the pavement. He crushed his pelvis and fractured a number of different bones.

“We’re saving the most infamous for last,” Pastrana mentioned. “It’s probably the most infamous stunt location in the world not because of success but because of failure.”

Pastrana was the primary to do a double backflip on a bike. On New Year’s Eve 2009, he shattered the world document for the longest soar in a rally automotive when he travelled 269 ft from the Pine Street Pier in Long Beach onto a barge anchored within the harbour. He celebrated by doing a backflip off the touchdown ramp into the chilly water.

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As a part of the Nitro Circus TV present, he rode grime bikes off a ramp into the Grand Canyon and parachuted the remainder of the best way down; and jumped out of a airplane with out a parachute, assured {that a} skydiver who jumped out on the similar time would catch as much as him and information him to earth.

Pastrana introduced himself to the motion sports activities world when at age 15 he celebrated an X Games gold medal by leaping his motorbike into San Francisco Bay in 1999. That stunt received him right into a good bit of bother, and he misplaced his prize cash and medal.

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Pastrana mentioned he met Knievel when he was 16.

“I’ve always been not necessarily a huge fan but I was inspired by him. My dad always kind of lived by Evel’s theory that you’re not a failure until you fail to get back up.”

Knievel died in 2007 at age 69.

“Evel was known for his showmanship. It’s really about the spectacle, to bring back some of that flash,” Pastrana mentioned.

“This is going to be a huge challenge for me,” he added. “This whole night is kind of an ode to the stuntman. It’s not really about me, even though it’s going to be one, hopefully, if it works out the way I hope, an awesome capper to a career.”

Pastrana mentioned his oldest daughter is about to start out kindergarten so he needs to remain house extra. He’ll proceed working with Nitro Circus, extra on the inventive facet.

“It’s the final step of me putting everything on the line. It’s scary but I think it’s pretty exciting,” he mentioned.

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