In each of the jumps, all dedicated to a different feat attempted by the daredevil, Pastrana made history by landing each of them successfully.
His first jump was something of a warmup - a casual 143 feet over 52 cars stacked three to a pile. Last but not least is the famous jump over the Caesars Palace fountain in Las Vegas.
The 34-year-old action sports star vaulted over 52 flattened cars and 16 Greyhound buses in a vacant lot behind Planet Hollywood Resort before successfully landing a jump over the ornamental fountains at Caesars Palace - a stunt that almost took his predecessor's life on New Year's Day 1967.
Knievel, who died in 2007 at the age of 69, jumped over 50 crushed cars (120 feet) at the Los Angeles Coliseum in 1973 and 14 Greyhound buses (133 feet) at Ohio's Kings Island amusement park in 1975.
Performed live for the History Channel, Pastrana launched himself into the record books while honoring one of his heroes.
Pastrana idolized Knievel growing up, and paid tribute to him by wearing his trademark American-flag themed jumpsuit and using a similar motorcycle to the one he originally tried the jump with. Knievel famously did not stick the landing when he tried this stunt in 1967 and broke more than 40 bones. He also named the day's event after Knievel, calling it Evel Live.
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Pastrana was proud to honor Knievel's legacy. To be here, in Las Vegas, so much of my history has been here.
It's tough to jump over a bunch of cars, but you know what's tougher? I proposed to my wife (Lyndsey) here; I had my first Nitro Circus show here. Pastrana set up 16 buses and took his Indian into the Vegas sky.
Pastrana then capped things off with one final and successful jump: he ran and jumped into the fountain, a fitting ending to one of the most outstanding extreme motorsports events ever seen. Pastrana didn't disappoint, though, as he flew 149 feet through the air to clear the fountain and thrill the attending crowd.
"I'm jumping a bike that's not made for jumping", Pastrana said after arriving in Las Vegas.
Even with just a 200-foot run-off area, Pastrana made the final and most hard jump (a record length of 149 feet) look easy, even performing a NASCAR-style two-wheeled burnout in celebration.