Winternationals: Terrifying moment a drag racer Rob Taylor’s car explodes in flames in Queensland


How did he survive that? Terrifying moment a drag racer’s car explodes in flames as he pushes the door open and struggles to escape

  • Drag racer’s car exploded into flames at Winternationals event in Queensland
  • Rob Taylor was helpless as car caught fire on Friday afternoon during race 
  • He was able to walk away from the wreckage and was taken to hospital 

A driver miraculously walked away with minor burns after his drag racing car exploded into flames during a motor festival.

Rob Taylor was accelerating down Willowbank Raceway Track at Winternationals on Friday afternoon when the drag racer suddenly caught fire.

The inferno worsened as the car rolled down the track, with Mr Taylor stuck inside. He was eventually freed by emergency crews and was astonishingly able to walk away from the smoldering wreckage under his own power.

Rob Taylor's drag racer burst into flames at the Winternationals event on Friday - with the driver astonishingly able to walk away from the wreckage

Rob Taylor’s drag racer burst into flames at the Winternationals event on Friday – with the driver astonishingly able to walk away from the wreckage

Footage from the incident shows Mr Taylor attempting to climb out the window as the fireball speeds down the track.

The driver attempts to climb out of the window but is overcoming by the fire.

The car’s door eventually falls off, before the vehicle comes to a stop as the flames grow higher.

Incredible footage shows the driver walking away from the car pouring water onto his face. 

‘Very rarely do you see a fire like that,’ the commentator said.

‘The fire was just so intense, it’s burned everything inside. I’ve never seen anything like that.’ 

Mr Taylor pours water on the burns on his face after walking away from the fireball under his own power

Mr Taylor pours water on the burns on his face after walking away from the fireball under his own power

Crews raced to Mr Taylor, with paramedics attending and taking him to Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

He is in a serious but stable condition, with burns to his face, hands and legs.

It’s believed the car caught fire due to a fuel tank issue, with the petrol igniting the inferno.

The Winternationals are being held over the weekend, with more than 500 cars competing at the event. 

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