SA daredevil plans fire tunnel record

Bikes, Quads & karts

Some world record attempts are more hazardous than others; all it takes to set a world record for dominoes is a lot of patience and a very big hall with no draughts.

But this is one of the most dangerous categories in the Guinness Book of World Records - riding a motorcycle through a tunnel of fire. The current mark is 68.49 metres, set by Indian Superbike racer Shabir Ahluwalla.

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Enrico Schoeman and Andre de Kock on their previous Fire Tunnel ride at Tarlton.Stunt team Andre de Kock (left) and Enrico Schoeman.The Kawasaki-powered Australian Sidecar rig.

On Friday evening South African stunt team Enrico Schoeman and Andre' de Kock will attempt to ride a Kawasaki-powered Australian Sidecar through a fire tunnel of 85 metres, on the main street of Vaalwater in Limpopo Province.

The record attempt will form part of the town's annual Game Festival; coordinator Retha van der Merwe explained: "The Game Festival is extremely important for Vaalwater. We try to present visitors with attention-grabbing events - and they don't come much more attention-grabbing than a fire-tunnel ride."

The high-temperature sprint will be run at 7.30pm on Friday; traffic on the main road into Vaalwater will be diverted from about 5pm.

Other Game Festival activities include a motorcycle rally, the Waterberg Mountain Bike Challenge, an African Bow Hunting contest, 4x4 Extreme Driving, Strongman Shows and a rock concert featuring Watershed, Bobby van Jaarsveld, Nadine, Rickie Faber, Snotkop & Suzanne, Lianie May and Romanz.

For more information go to or call Retha van der Merwe on 082 773 3579.

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