2013 Sturgis Tunnel of Fire Motorcycle Stunt Goes Horribly Wrong

sturgis 2013 tunnel of fire motorcycle accident


This video is not for the faint of heart! Your going to see an extremely dangerous motorcycle stunt go wrong fast. The ‘tunnel of fire’ motorcycle stunt has been around for ages. It is also known as one of the most deadly to be attempted. Many have attempted it and few have even lost their lives trying.

In 1973 legendary motorcycle daredevil, Ken McKow set the world record for riding 130 ft through a Tunnel of Fire that stood for almost 30 years. Since then the tunnel has taken two lives of very capable motorcycle stuntman who have tried. These guys should be remembered for the willingness and sacrifice to give us a show we will never forget.

In 2008, in front of 7.1 million NBC viewers, Clint Ewing broke a world record for the Longest Motorcycle Ride Through a Tunnel of Fire at 200 ft. Since then, an Australian took the record title and Clint is back to set the record straight once and for all as he attempts to regain the Guinness World Record for Longest Motorcycle Ride Through a Tunnel of Fire at the CrossRoads at the Buffalo Chip.

The video below is shot from an amateur at the event. Watch as 60 chosen spectators light the state of the art tunnel of fire. Made up of 3 layers of cardboard, drenched in gasoline and diesel fuel, and sandwiched between chicken wire; this tunnel will literally get hot as hell reaching over 2900 degrees. The danger of riding through this 300 foot plus tunnel is the fact that 60% of the time motorcycles shut down as the oxygen is pulled out of the air, not allowing the motor to continue combustion. The last thing you want to do is find yourself trying to idle up hill smack dab in the middle. Well, Unfortunately for Clint he does just that. Listen closely as you can hear his bike quit out shortly after he enters the tunnel. If you pay close attention you can see his last ditch effort to escape pays off, as he and his bike plow through the side of the tunnel and out into daylight.

This aired on CMT’s bike week last night, and you can clearly see how bad his hands and back get burned. He did escape with his life and multiple 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree burns on his hands and back; but he is walking and breathing so he definitely has reason to celebrate! Clint said last night that he should be back on the bike before the end of the year… just might not be back in the tunnel. Can you blame him? If you respect the risk and sheer courage that Clint and the many that came before him had. Please be sure to share this with friends so they can know him too!