American X Games specialist Travis Pastrana is set to attempt to jump the iconic fountain at Las Vegas’ Caesars Palace resort next month, as part of a trilogy of tributes to legendary motorcycle stuntman Evel Knievel.
Pastrana will recreate Knievel’s ill-fated 1967 Caesars Palace jump, which involves clearing the 45 metre fountain and successfully landing. Knievel famously attempted the stunt on December 31 1967 but crashed heavily upon landing. Despite failing to make the jump, and being badly injured as a result, it was the stunt that made Knievel famous, with pictures of his crash being broadcast around the world.
While Knievel attempted the jump on a Triumph, Pastrana has joined forces with Indian and will recreate the stunt using a Scout FTR750. Prior to the fountain jump, the Nitro Circus star will also be recreating two of Knievel’s other famous stunts as part of a three-hour live TV show called Evel Live, which will be broadcast live across the United States by the History Channel. Starting with a car jump, Pastrana will attempt to clear 52 crushed cars, before attempting to clear 16 buses, surpassing the 14 bus jump achieved by Evel, who died aged 69 in 2007, in October 1975.
“It was extremely important to use a motorcycle similar to the ones Evel jumped,” said Pastrana. “The Indian Scout FTR750 is just that, a modern-day evolution of the flat track motorcycles of the past. It has the power I need and handles well, but I’m only going to have a few days to get comfortable on it, not to mention I’ve never jumped a V-twin before. I’ve got my work cut out, but we’re used to going big at Nitro Circus, so we’ll make it happen.”
The jumps will take place on the evening of Sunday July 8, although there’s no word yet as to whether they will be shown live in the UK.