MOYSTON - Two people were lucky to escape with their lives after the buggy they were travelling in as part of a race event in Moyston burst into flames last weekend.
The annual race which showcases specialised off road vehicles was taking place on private land at Green Acres Road.
The incident occurred at about 11am on Saturday when the driver and his navigator noticed flames coming from the rear of the buggy while at the race's dirt circuit.
The duo left the vehicle just moments before it was engulfed in flames.
The driver, a male in his 30s, suffered smoke inhalation while the navigator, also a male in his 30s, sustained severe burns to both hands.
Both were treated at the scene by St John's ambulance personnel before being transported to the Ararat Hospital.
The navigator was in a serious but stable condition before he was airlifted to the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne for further treatment.
The buggy, which was destroyed by the fire, had an estimated value of $80,000. Although mechanical failure is suspected as playing a part in the fire the exact cause remains unclear.