Evel Knievel

Posted in News By Fanatical Fulmer

Jul 13, 2018 3:57:33 PM

Evel Knievel still holds the Guinness World Record for the most broken bones experienced in a lifetime at 433. That’s astounding considering there are only 206 bones in the adult body that can be broken.

As a child and still today, Travis Pastrana idolizes the daredevil - broken bones and all. Pastrana is a legend in his own right. The professional stuntman and three-time motocross champion, a multiple X Games gold medalist in freestyle, best trick, speed & style and rally car racing, and, for a short period of time, a NASCAR driver.

Biography.com says Pastrana’s dislocated his spine, torn his ACL, LCL, MCL and PCL, had elbow surgery, multiple knee surgeries, broken his shin and calf bones and more.

In an article last month in advance of Pastrana’s attempt to recreate three of Evel Knievel’s famous stunts July 8 in Las Vegas, he paid homage to his inspiration. “This is us trying to go as big as we possibly can, on machinery as close to Evel’s (bike) as possible, giving thanks to him for starting the industry and the culture,” Pastrana, who also dressed as Knievel, was quoted to say.

 

The back-to-back motorcycle stunts were part of a three-hour live event for the History / Nitro Sports-produced “Evel Live.” Pastrana flew over 52 cars, then 16 buses and finally, the Caesar’s Palace fountains, which were kinder to him than they were 50 years ago to Knievel, whose bike came up short and landed on the safety ramp. He suffered a crushed pelvis and femur, fractures to his hip, wrist, and both ankles and a concussion that kept him in the hospital for a month in a reported coma for 29 days.

When asked what inspired him most about Knievel, Pastrana was quoted to say, “Evel was never afraid to fail. He never had a regret that I could see… He lived every day to the fullest.”

Pastrana seems to be following suit.

Watch Pastrana’s epic jumps at https://bit.ly/2zMpXhV.

 

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