Firm plays key role in world speed record

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Daredevil motorcyclist Guy Martin recently smashed the Wall of Death speed world record in a live broadcast on Channel 4 – and Elland barrier specialists A-SAFE played an important role.

The firm based on Ainleys Industrial Estate were asked by production company North One TV to provide a protective circular barrier to contain the film crew, medics and engineers while Guy attempted the record.

The bespoke construction of grey traffic double-rail+ iFlex barrier was installed directly in the middle of the vast Wall of Death arena, so literally took centre stage on the night.

During the record attempt Guy reached a remarkable 78.15mph while travelling around a specially-built,barrel-shaped wooden cylinder at Mandy Airfield in Lincolnshire.

The wall measured 37.5 metres in diameter and was constructed from metal shipping containers and lined with timber.

To complement this A-SAFE’s design and installation team worked closely with North One TV, providing a barrier to suit the team’s very specific needs.

Producer Tom Norton said: “North One TV were looking for an aesthetically pleasing and secure ‘safe zone’ for the centre of our Guy Martin’s Wall of Death Live set.

“After speaking to the team about our needs it was quickly apparent that A-SAFE could produce a tailor-made barrier which would fit perfectly within our set. The functionality, combined with the look was absolutely perfect for our needs.”

The installation process went smoothly and on-time, fitting in with the production company’s needs for rehearsals and health and safety.

Tom added: “From start to finish the whole team has been friendly, professional and there whenever we needed them. ”

Guy is now the proud holder of three world records, having also achieved the fastest speeds in a soapbox motor-less vehicle and a gravity-powered snow sled.