The year that was: Svensons buggy on fire

The 2018 BFGoodrich CAMS Australian Off Road season has given fans plenty of highs to remember, but unfortunately a few lows too.

One of the season’s lower points was during the Tatts Finke Desert Race when the #17 pro buggy of long time competitors Laurence and Janelle Svenson went up in smoke.

The incident, which happened around the 100-kilometre mark in the event’s return leg, saw the pro buggy catch fire when the reserve fuel tank pierced through the side.

Unfortunately the Svensons was unable to save the car but thanks to the help from onlookers and their son Tait, who was in the next car on the road, they managed to extinguish the fire safely.

While most of the car was burnt, thankfully, Laurence and Janelle escaped unhurt, and the crew acknowledged all those who had helped in the event’s aftermath.

“Our team would like to sincerely thank all the other competitors who stopped to give us their fire extinguishers,” the pair said on Facebook straight after.

“The spectators who came and gave us assistance to put out the fire and collecting fire extinguishers from competitors as they stopped and the photographers who waved down the #17 crew to pull over when they saw the buggy on fire.

“We really appreciate everything all of you did to help us out.”

The crew then missed out on the season’s final round but are looking to get back on the road ahead of the 2019 season.


This memorable moment is part of a special BFGoodrich CAMS Australian Off Road Championship series recapping an entertaining 2018 season.