Army officer sets world record despite injury in fire tunnel bike stunt

An officer with the Army Service Corps’ (ASC) motorcycle display team “Tornadoes”, sustained minor injuries while attempting to set a world record while riding his motorcycle through a fire tunnel in Bengaluru on Tuesday (November 10).

A member of ASC Motorcycle display team "Tornodoes" performs during the celebration of the 257th Corps Day of Army Service Corps(ASC) at Agram Grounds, in Bangalore on 9th December of 2017

An officer with the Army Service Corps’ (ASC) motorcycle display team “Tornadoes”, sustained minor injuries while attempting to set a world record while riding his motorcycle through a fire tunnel in Bengaluru on Tuesday (November 10).

Captain Shivam Singh, who led the “Tornadoes”, was injured, before he could complete the ride through the 130-metre fire tunnel. However, he had made it to 127 metres, which is also a world record, according to reports.

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A report in Bangalore Mirror said, “Before he was taken away from the venue in an army ambulance, the few who saw Singh in close proximity said that he suffered minor injuries in both hands…Singh’s motorbike was completely gutted in the fire. Despite this mishap, he broke the previous record of 120.40 metres held by South Africans Enrico Schoeman and Andre de Kock which was created in September 2014.”

However, PTI quoted a Defence public relation officer as saying that “there were no injuries”. According to him, Captain Shivam led the Tornadoes to new heights of success.

Apart from the record in fire tunnel, “Tornadoes” team said its daredevils broke eight other records in fastest and longest human pyramids, and various other stunts.

The stunts performed on Monday and Tuesday were the fastest human pyramid riding one motorcycle, fastest human pyramid riding two, three, four and five motorcycles.

The tornadoes stunned the onlookers with the breathtaking highest moving human pyramid, longest backward motorcycle ride, longest leg ride and longest knee ride.

The most challenging stunt which audiences watched with bated breath was the longest ride through the tunnel of fire. The team, which performed the stunts, comprised one officer, three Junior Commissioned Officers and 34 soldiers of the ASC.

The PRO also said the Tornadoes are stationed at the Army Service Corps Training Centre (South), Bengaluru under the command of Brigadier Dharmendra Singh Yadav.

The team is part of the Army Service Corps Centre and College, under the stewardship of Lieutenant General BK Repswal, who is also the Chief Patron of the team, the PRO added.

The Tornadoes created a sensation at its first appearance at the Ninth Asian Games in 1982 at Jaipur.

Since then the Tornadoes have performed in numerous display shows in and outside India.

The ASC Tornadoes have found their place in the Guinness Book of World Records, Asia Book of Records, Unique World Records and India Book Records on more than one occasion and have excelled in breaking their own records and establishing new ones, the PRO said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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