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Guinness World Record Tunnel of Fire Sponsorship

Date: 08 September 2014
Tunnel of fire

NJR Steel Westdene (Pty) Ltd was one of the sponsors of the recent Guinness World Record achieved by Enrico Schoeman and Andre De Kock when they rode their Australian Sidecar through a 120.4 meter “Tunnel of Fire”, breaking their last world record of 103 meters.

The World Record attempt took place at the bikers Rhino Rally in Parys and was successfully completed by Enrico and Andre on Friday evening, 5 September 2014. The build up to the main event took the whole day. “Designing the steel structure that would withstand temperatures of 900 degrees Celsius gave our technical team a challenge,” said Anthony Chapman, Branch Manager of NJR Steel Westdene (Pty) Ltd.

The steel frame for the tunnel was manufactured at the NJR Steel Westdene (Pty) Ltd premises and then dismantled and shipped to Parys, where it was covered by 3 layers of cardboard and then chicken wire. The tunnel was then rigged with electronic detonators and then doused in diesel and petrol before being set alight.

With loud pops and running with short delays along the length of the tunnel, it burst into flames quickly, from one end to the other, and the heroes set off. Once inside, it was an agonising 9 seconds wait before they emerged, with splashes of flames all over them and the bike, into a barrage of fire extinguishers. Their clothing was hot and their Shark helmets where hot with the rubber components starting to melt.

“World records are remarkable achievements, and South Africa does not have enough of them. NJR Steel are happy to be involved in something this exciting,” said Greg Mollett, Group Marketing Manager of NJR Steel Holdings (Pty) Ltd.

NJR Steel Westdene (Pty) Ltd was one of the sponsors of the recent Guinness World Record achieved by Enrico Schoeman and Andre De Kock when they rode their Australian Sidecar through a 120.4 meter “Tunnel of Fire”, breaking their last world record of 103 meters.

The World Record attempt took place at the bikers Rhino Rally in Parys and was successfully completed by Enrico and Andre on Friday evening, 5 September 2014. The build up to the main event took the whole day. “Designing the steel structure that would withstand temperatures of 900 degrees Celsius gave our technical team a challenge,” said Anthony Chapman, Branch Manager of NJR Steel Westdene (Pty) Ltd.

The steel frame for the tunnel was manufactured at the NJR Steel Westdene (Pty) Ltd premises and then dismantled and shipped to Parys, where it was covered by 3 layers of cardboard and then chicken wire. The tunnel was then rigged with electronic detonators and then doused in diesel and petrol before being set alight.

With loud pops and running with short delays along the length of the tunnel, it burst into flames quickly, from one end to the other, and the heroes set off. Once inside, it was an agonising 9 seconds wait before they emerged, with splashes of flames all over them and the bike, into a barrage of fire extinguishers. Their clothing was hot and their Shark helmets where hot with the rubber components starting to melt.

“World records are remarkable achievements, and South Africa does not have enough of them. NJR Steel are happy to be involved in something this exciting,” said Greg Mollett, Group Marketing Manager of NJR Steel Holdings (Pty) Ltd.

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