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Wednesday, February 25, 1998 Published at 16:24 GMT



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Evel Knievel's son smashes stunt record
image: [ Robbie Knievel reaches daring new heights with his 231ft jump ]
Robbie Knievel reaches daring new heights with his 231ft jump

Daredevil Robbie Knievel, son of the famous stunt man Evel Knievel, has made history with his latest leap in Las Vegas

Following in his father's famous tyre tracks, Knievel junior made his motorcycle jump 231 feet (69.3 metres).

Robbie Knievel flew over a row of 30 Tropicana hotel limousines to break his own record by a single foot.

He performed in front of television cameras filming a two-hour special for the Fox TV network called 'Daredevils Live: Shattering the Records.'


[ image: A kiss for dad before the dangerous deed]
A kiss for dad before the dangerous deed
Evel Knievel watched as his son cleared the limos.

Before getting on the bike Robbie Knievel had walked out of his trailer and kissed his father on the cheek.

Robbie, 35, gained fame in 1989 when he mastered a stunt that nearly killed his father in a spectacular crash 21 years earlier.

He successfully jumped 150 feet (45 metres) over the fountains at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas.

In his 1967 attempt, Evel Knievel landed in hospital for a month after crashing head-over-handlebars.

The senior daredevil, who made 300 jumps before retiring in 1980, remains partially crippled from his various injuries which included a crushed pelvis.

His son appears to be shattering more records than bones.






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