Last July, HISTORY and Nitro Circus teamed up to produce Evel Live, where the legendary Travis Pastrana broke records by completing three of Evel Knievel’s most dangerous feats live from Las Vegas, Nevada, all while riding a motorcycle inspired by the ones Knievel used. The stunts included: breaking Knievel’s record jump over 50 crushed cars by clearing 52 cars, another record-breaking jump over 16 full-size buses, and making history as the first person to successfully jump the Caesars Palace fountain on a bike similar to the one Knievel used 50 years ago. A reported 3.5 million viewers tuned in to watch TP honor the icon.
Coming July 7, HISTORY and Nitro Circus are teaming up once again for Evel Live 2. This time, freestyle motocross athlete Vicki Golden will attempt to shatter the motorcycle firewall record where she will speed through a series of flaming wooden boards. Golden will be the first female to attempt to break the current record which was set back in 2006.
The show will also feature X Games gold medalist Axell Hodges attempting to soar over more than 24 beverage trucks to break Evel Knievel’s 1971 attempt and Evel’s son Robbie’s 2003 record. The event will culminate with Hodges attempting to jump farther than anyone ever has on a motorcycle, a distance that was set in 2011 at 379’9” feet. Pastrana will return to co-host the event.
“This second iteration of ‘Evel Live’ will feature a motorcycle stunt that is longer, higher and more dangerous than any before,” said Eli Lehrer, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming, HISTORY. “Hodges and Golden will attempt to break records as they honor the history and tradition of American daredevils, including a jump that even Evel Knievel himself couldn’t have dreamed possible.”
"I’m stoked to be a part of this HISTORY special and to attempt two motorcycles jumps that could cement my name in history,” said Axell Hodges on his upcoming jump attempts in “Evel Live 2.” “Evel and daredevils of the past have helped pave the way for guys like me. What Travis, Nitro Circus, and HISTORY did last year in ‘Evel Live’ inspired a lot of freestyle athletes and a new generation of motorcyclists. I’m ready to make my mark.”
“I’ve been racing and jumping dirt bikes for as long as I can remember, but it’s not often you hear about women breaking records on motorcycles,” said Vicki Golden on her upcoming record attempt. “This is right in my wheelhouse. I’m looking forward to holding it down for women alike and to make my own history on HISTORY.”
“Last year was about honoring Evel’s iconic legacy,” Nitro Cirus Senior Vice President of Media Trip Taylor explained. “Travis stepped into Evel’s boots that night, paying homage to his hero and creating a historic moment of his own. Now we are teaming up with HISTORY to take it to the next level and celebrate Evel’s passion for pushing the limits by attempting these record-breaking feats. Evel never let anyone tell him something was impossible, and with that same spirit we look forward to creating historic moments of our own.”
Main image: Nitro Circus