Travis Pastrana completed more than 400 foot total jumps tonight in Las Vegas: a jump over 52 cars, a jump over 16 buses and a jump over the fountain in front of the Caesars Palace Hotel and casino-breaking of three of Eve Knievel's most legendary daredevil. I was there and it was an amazing event. It was the fanfare, the splendor and the circumstances worthy.
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It's hard to be nervous for a guy who literally jumped out of a plane without a parachute, but somehow I could not help but get a bit of second-hand jitter on behalf of Travis Pastrana , I've met Travis a few times and he always seemed to be such a normal human being, but he has a special talent for pushing the boundaries of the realm of possibilities.
This lanky joker has stood the test of daredevil stunts on two wheels and four (and sometimes three) as well as the ability to ride on dirt and asphalt. Two weeks ago he won his class on a Porsche Cayman at Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, a week ago he landed the world's first Australian roll on a motorcycle, and this week he landed three jumps that came to my mind – and three Even in one night even Knievel himself never tried.
Jump 1 – 143 feet over 52 cars
This jump was essentially treated as a warm-up as it was the shortest of the three. It was still technically a world record jump when he cleared two more cars when Evel did. Sure, the cars were crushed and three stacked high, but could you imagine coming in and landing on a crushed car?
It's 111 degrees, and Pastrana rides an air-cooled V twin motorcycle with a full leather suit, cape, and platform shoes. I practically die from the heat and I have shorts and a T-shirt. But the moment I saw Travis on his jump day, I knew it was a real homage to the man / myth / legend of Evel Knievel.
The bike was great, the shoes were great, the cape was great. Everything worked so Travis was transformed from a big nutcracker into a real showman like Knievel.
Jump 2 – 192 feet over 16 buses
Because the first jump was delayed 20 minutes, we were not sure that we would be able to watch the bus leap to the well before Travis missed the last one Made the jump of the night. We wanted to have this iconic Caesars Palace photo and we all moved from the first to the second page an hour earlier. It was the right step, to be honest.
I saw the second jump from the viewing screen at the fountain, as well as many of the VIPs who had flocked to the fountain before I arrived. I'm sure you'll get a few shots of the Nitro Circus professional photographers as they become available.
Jump 3 – 149 meters over the Caesars Palace Fountain
In the end, I am glad that I landed long before the Caesars Palace, because I was allowed to watch Travis & # 39; police Join the Las Vegas Strip with Robert Pastrana (his father) on my right and several members of Evel's family. It was a really surreal experience.
I did not really suspect that Travis would fail in these attempts. He was well prepared after landing those jumps in practice a month ago. I've been watching him for over 15 years, and it was a special feeling to see it right in front of my eyes.
However, the fountain jump was not faultless because the pyrotechnics could not be started. The crew responsible for such explosives said that Travis ran faster than expected and did not hit in time. Once the TV interviews were done, they started the fireworks from the center of the fountain, and it was a real spectacle. The jump would have been about 15 times cooler if it had been perfectly timed, but that should not detract from the feat.
I want to say something – I really want to paint an Indian like Travis' big twin. It is worth noting that Evel's daughter even said that she was disappointed with Harley Davidson and Triumph, the motorcycle brands her father had driven because he did not perform to showcase the event. She was happy, however, that Indian Motorcycles hit the plate.
It was a fantastic event and it was well worth the crazy, hot weather.