World-record stuntmen escape fiery tragedy

Stuntmen Enrico Schoeman and The Citizen's Andre de Kock come crashing out of the tunnel of fire while attempting to set a new world record for the longest ride through a tunnel of fire on a quad bike, 25 April 2018, at Carnival City in Brakpan. The pair suffered minor injuries. Picture: Michel Bega

Enrico Schoeman and The Citizen’s André de Kock are trying to set a new Guinness distance world record for riding a quad bike through a tunnel of fire.

Two of SA’s most experienced stuntmen had a narrow escape at the Carnival City Casino complex earlier this week when a test run with a quad bike through a fire tunnel did not go according to plan.

Enrico Schoeman and The Citizen’s André de Kock are in the process of trying to set a new Guinness distance world record for riding a quad bike through a tunnel of fire.

Stuntmen Enrico Schoeman, right, and The Citizen’s Andre de Kock pose for a photograph ahead of attempting to set a new world record, this time for the longest ride through a tunnel of fire on a quad bike, 25 April 2018, at Carnival City in Brakpan. Picture: Michel Bega

The pair already hold the Guinness World Record for riding a motorcycle through a tunnel of fire, set at 120m in 2012.

Wednesday evening’s quad bike test run of 30m went wrong when the 400cc Honda’s engine cut out due to air starvation near the end of the tunnel.

In the process, the rear wheels locked momentarily, causing the bike to slide sideways, hit the side of the tunnel and flip.

Luckily, it crashed just outside of the flaming tunnel, and the two riders only suffered cuts and bruises.

The team will go back to the drawing board, with another run planned in the next two months.

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