Sturgis Tunnel Of Fire Guinness World Record Attempt Goes Bad.

erwing1erwing2Daredevil Clint Erwing prepared for this extreme stunt during 1 year. Yesterday August 7th was the day he attempted to ride his Yamaha through a tunnel of fire 362.5-feet long, more than the length of a football field, a world record if achieved. CMT “Special Bike Week” was present to shoot the event organized as the main feature of “Daredevil Day” at the Buffalo Chip.

When green light was given for this Guinness record breaking attempt, 40 torch bearers started to ignite the cardboard wrapped around the chicken wire made tunnel. Because they had difficulties to enflame the whole tunnel, they proceeded to gasoline soak the hay on each side of the tunnel. Clint Erwing started his special Yamaha, rushed his bike through the tunnel, because of added gasoline, already an inferno. Then, long seconds waiting for Erwing to exit the tunnel. Realizing that something went wrong, firefighters and ambulances rushed to the tunnel left side where Erwing just crashed, engulfed in flames with his bike still inside the tunnel. He was quickly removed and was urgently transported to the nearest hospital, burned but still able to walk. The extent of his injuries is unknown.

Update 08/08/2013 at 2 pm ET: Clint Erwing suffered 3rd degree burns but was released from the hospital where he was treated.

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10 Responses to “Sturgis Tunnel Of Fire Guinness World Record Attempt Goes Bad.”


  1. 1 Kirk Perry Aug 8th, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Jeeze.

  2. 2 Philippe Danh Aug 8th, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    This is such a stupid stunt really…..

  3. 3 Steve The Producer Johann Aug 8th, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Hope he heals ok, then lets hope he decides to move onto a more productive activity like staying alive.

  4. 4 SIGFREED Aug 9th, 2013 at 7:00 am

    Indeed – hope Clint Erwing recovers sufficiently to move onto more sensible ventures.

    Philippe Danh – agree 100%, stupid stunt and STUPID HURTS. It is a bit like what Indian Larry did – just a waste and absolutely senseless when things go wrong (as it inevitably will).

    Yes there is risk in other extreme ventures – eg land speed records (and such), but such ventures are preceded by a tangible amount of credible science and as such a significantly reduced fraction of risk.

    Just as racing (a high risk venture) have governing bodies, so must stunts performed in public, have a governing body. They must ensure that the actual stunt must be preceded by credible science (eg computer based simulations – computational fluid dynamics has become incredibly powerful; those who know and understand the technology will know what I mean) and such.

    There are people out there who will do anything to reduce the entire motorcycle industry to 25cc Mopeds. What happened here simply plays into their hands…

  5. 5 Terence Tory Aug 9th, 2013 at 7:14 am

    I hope the guy is resting well and is somewhat less than toasty,but it seems to me half the guys who have ever ridden a bike down a tunnel of fire end up running around like a cigarette butt,dancing like a chicken and smelling real bad.That activity makes riding Nitro Sportster drag bikes or playing golf,make sense.And that takes some doing.

  6. 6 rebel Aug 9th, 2013 at 8:21 am

    well it “seemed” like a good idea last night.

  7. 7 Kroeter Aug 9th, 2013 at 8:21 am

    He’s very lucky. The rescue response time was horrendous.

  8. 8 Grey Beard Aug 11th, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Well………….. I’m guessing the old record still stands ?!?!?!

  9. 9 Martin Twofeather Aug 11th, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Main thing is he is not hurt to bad,and if it were me I think I’d give that up!

  10. 10 Dieter Sowade ( South Africa) Aug 12th, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Have these people not heard of FIRE RETARDANTS or did this guy just get stuck on the first part of the word ?

    He He

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