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Tonight (July 8) in Las Vegas, legendary stunt man Travis Pastrana will attempt to recreate and break three of Evel Knievel’s most notable motorcycle jumps, back-to-back-to-back, including the original stunt man’s jump over 14 Greyhound buses at Kings Island on October 25, 1975.
In the second of his three jumps, Pastrana will attempt to surpass Knievel’s Kings Island record by launching his motorcycle over 16 buses.
Knievel’s jump at Kings Island was the most successful of his career. It was broadcast live on ABC’s Wide World of Sports and garnered the highest ever ratings in the show's history with a 22.3 rating and 52 percent share. Although Knievel planned on completing more jumps later in his career, there were only a couple more that followed and much shorter making the Kings Island jump his final major stunt.
Pastrana’s other two recreations tonight include the Car Jump in 1973 at the Los Angeles Coliseum when Knievel jumped over 50 crushed cars (he will attempt to jump over 52 cars) and the Caesar’s Palace Fountain Jump. That attempt, however, was not a successful one for Knievel. He crashed his motorcycle at nearly 90 mph and suffered multiple injuries, including breaking his left hip, right ankle, and both of his hands and wrists.
You can watch it all live tonight on the History Channel starting at 8 p.m. ET.
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