Maddo at NYNL 2008/9 Christian Pondella/Red Bull Photofiles

Most people try to make New Year’s Eve as memorable as possible. But the protagonists in Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. ensure no one can ever forget them. Robbie Maddison, Rhys Millen and Travis Pastrana: Stand up and be counted.

 

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This December 31 will see the third Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. event. The first, in 2007, was to feature an attempt by drift star Rhys Millen to backflip a truck for the first time until he hurt his back in training, leaving Robbie Maddison (see below) as the sole attraction.

 

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At New Year. No Limits. in 2007, Robbie Maddison attempted to jump the length of a football field (360 feet), but despite wind preventing him from reaching that goal, he soared 60 feet high and smashed the late Evel Knievel’s Caesars Palace New Year jump record – set exactly 40 years before, on December 31, 1967 – with a 322 foot jump. Not satisfied, Maddo broke his own record three months later in his homeland of Australia, at Crusty Demons Night Of World Records in Melbourne, jumping 342 feet and then yet further with just a shade under 351feet. Watch his original record at New Year. No Limits here.

 

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Unbowed by his year one setback, Rhys returned in 2008 for the second edition in Las Vegas and managed to flip his offroad vehicle at exactly 36mph a distance of 80 feet at a height of 50 feet, though a crash landing meant anxious moments for his onlooking family and friends until he emerged – with zero injuries. Watch Rhys’s amazing flip here.

 

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Last year, Robbie Maddison was again one of the stars of the show in Las Vegas, jumping up a ramp onto a 96-foot tall and 40-foot-deep replica of Paris’s Arc de Triomphe. The jump itself was actually greater at 105 feet, and the drop back to the ramp a cool 60 feet, during which Robbie landed hard and badly cut his hand. “I just cheated death again,” said the Australian, matter-of-factly. Watch Maddo give the reaper the runaround here.

 

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This year, another very special record is in the sights of Travis Pastrana, as he attempts to jump further than anyone has ever attempted in a rally car. The event, taking place in Long Beach, near Los Angeles, will see Travis jump from Pine Street Pier onto a floating barge. The current record is 171 feet. Travis thinks he can double it. Watch him here, practicing to do just that .

 

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Almost a third of a million people watched the action last year, and that was just the numbers in Vegas itself. Because the event is transmitted live on the ESPN TV network, millions more watch Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. each December 31.

 

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Travis is the undisputed king of the X Games. His first gold medal came in 1999 when he scored a record 99.00 points to win on his FMX bike. He’s now won a total of nine FMX golds. He also has one X Games gold medal, one silver and one bronze in the rally discipline… that is multi-talented.

 

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You couldn’t always say it’s been 100 percent lucky – this is a man whose medical record is a litany of sprains, breaks, tears and comas – but this is always Travis Pastrana’s number, whether it be on bike, car or monster truck – and it will be on his custom Subaru Impreza rally car during this year’s attempt. Just how lucky will it be? Find out soon!


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