Gentleman, start your mowers...

PUBLISHED: 12:00 12 September 2012

Lawnmower Racing at Lower Weare.

Lawnmower Racing at Lower Weare.


A RACETRACK brimming with fast and furious motors was set up in Somerset at the weekend - to allow some of world's most powerful racing lawnmowers to do battle.

The British Lawn Mower Racing Association event saw a range of grass cutters take to the track in Lower Weare on Saturday and Sunday.

The machines certainly don’t let the grass grow – many can reach speeds of up to 40mph.

Each mower is a conversion from a conventional machine, with their drivers nailing apexes in full helmets and race gear.

The event, organised by the Mendip Rotary Club and held in a field in Old Coach Road, raised money for charity. Peter Bennett, a spokesman for the Rotary club, said: “It was a great success with the spectators and competitors and helped raise money for various charities.

“The riders, competing for the first time in Somerset, said the track and venue were the best they had experienced, and no wonder. They had great weather and some spectacular views over the Mendips.

“Visitors were delighted with the racing and the other attractions, including a bar, food and a live band on Saturday evening.”

He added that it looks ‘very promising’ that a repeat of the event could be held next year.

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