THE hottest act at this year’s Rand Easter Show will be outdoors, unusual and extremely dangerous.
World record holders Enrico Schoeman and Andre’ de Kock will ride theirKawasakipowered Australian sidecar through a fire tunnel on four separate occasions.
The 30-metre long tunnel, comprising a steel frame and cardboard walls, will be erected in the showground’s arena.
Every afternoon on Good Friday, Saturday April 7, Sunday April 8 and Easter Monday, the construction will be doused with diesel and petrol.
It will then be set on fire and the intrepid pair will ride their motorcycle through the resultant inferno.
Schoeman and De Kock rode their machine through a 74-metre long tunnel in Vaalwater,Limpopo, late last year, setting a new world record.
During that ride the temperature in the tunnel reached more than 900 degrees Celsius, hot enough to melt the plastic parts of their crash helmets.
The heat also caused both riders many blisters, when the sweat in their protective clothing’s underwear started to boil.
“The tunnel at the show grounds will reach similar temperatures, though we will naturally spend less time in the fire, due to the much shorter tunnel length” said Schoeman this week.
The showground tunnel will be built and erected by the Khalanga Engineering company, with the Lothlorian company supplying the cardboard for the sides.
As in the past, the riders will wear First Race racing overalls, underclothing and crash helmets.
Schoeman and De Kock will travel to Vaalwater again in August this year, when they will attempt to set a new world record of 85 metres for riding a motorcycle through a fire tunnel.
“We see the Rand Show outings as a “warm-up” for the new record attempt in August, if you’ll pardon the expression,” said the laconical De Kock.