Daredevils at it again, this time on a quad bike
Daredevils Enrico Schoeman and André de Kock are on track to break yet another world record.
The plan to break another Guinness world record is still in the early stages, but the duo who used to do stunts at the then Dunswart Race Track in Benoni, is confident of the next fire adventure.
The record for driving through a fiery tunnel with a quad bike was set by Dan Serblin in Italy in 2012, with a distance of 25m.
The pair already holds the Guinness World Record for the longest motorcycle ride through a tunnel of fire at 120,4m.
De Kock is a motoring journalist at The Citizen, who received recognition for a lifetime devoted to motor sport from the SA Guild of Motoring Journalists in 2015.
“We have got to do it,” said De Kock, when asked whether he is confident they can achieve the feat.
Boksburg resident Schoeman said, “I’m sure we can do it, but it’s two different rides [when comparing it to our world record].”
De Kock, an Alberton resident, said he and his partner in stunts are risking their lives for the thrill.
“You need something to excite you; we are not chasing records,” he said.
The daredevils have already done a 12m test run on a quad bike at Carnival City in November. They will use the photos from this run to canvass the sponsors the project depends on. With borrowed money, they bought the 400cc fourwheeler that they will attempt the record on. The plan is to resell it to the person they bought it from after the stunt. They hope to set the record mid-next year, at a distance of about 100m. The pair emphasised the danger of their attempt, highlighting that a crash in the fire tunnel will most definitely lead to their death as there would be no way to escape the tunnel or flames.
The daredevils in a practice run with the quad bike. INLAS: André de Kock (left) and Enrico Schoeman.