CLOSE CALL: Near miss during chainsaw races at Wondai Show
THE Wondai Show had everything on the weekend, and it very nearly had a severe accident at the Chainsaw Races.
Competitive chainsaw competitor, Trevor Baker had a close call in one of the early races on Saturday morning at the Wondai Show.
In the heat of the battle, as Baker finished his cut through the stump, his saw went straight through the log and across his right thigh.
Thankfully, Baker was wearing safety-issue, Kevlar-enforced pants and the saw did not make its way through his leg.
"The chain picks it (the Kevlar strings) up and it binds everything up and it will stop the chainsaw," he said.
This was the second time in five years Baker has cut the leg on his pants.
"It's only because I am left handed," he said.
But astonishingly, this wasn't the worst accident Baker has experienced.
Two years ago, he was competing in a 50/50 chainsaw race.
Competitors had to be 50-years-old and the chainsaw also had to be at least 50 -years-old.
"When I warmed up, I had the saw up against me," he said.
"I started thinking, 'I can smell something.'
"I looked down and I had burnt the whole crutch out of my pants," he said.
Thankfully there was no serious damage done, and Baker will carry on to continue his love of chainsaw racing.
We wish him and his Kevlar pants all the best in the future.