Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Have You Ever Heard of Lawnmower Races?

These hopped up, and specially modified lawnmowers can hit speeds of from 55 to 75 and even 80 mph

Does your hubby or children complain about mowing the lawn?  Maybe you are the one who maintains your lawn.  In any case, some people have discovered a way to get it done and have fun with the doing.  They have even expanded their lawnmower, increased it's power and speed, to get way more horsepower than you may have even considered possible out of a lawnmower.

Becky, a lawnmower
racing grandmother
From what I understand, this is a rather new sport in the U.S. that originated in the U.K. back in the 1970's, and has since raced across the pond to the United States.  These lawnmower enthusiasts change out the pistons to faster, lighter weight ones, that can race along, and have more power.  Those mowers started out as stock lawnmowers, and are now an up and coming legitimate sporting event.

From what I have been able to find out so far, there is even a land speed record of more than 80 mph, in the Bonneville Salt Flats.  There is even at least one racing grandmother, whose name is Becky.  You can see her in the photo to the right.

Below are a few more photos of some of the race, and even a few onlookers in the audience.  Like many sports, these people put their heart into these events.

Ahh, as they say, "Youth is wasted on the young." This sounds like something I would rather enjoy myself.

Here, we see a husband and wife team,  He races, and she does whatever he needs her to do.  I think she would like her chance racing eventually.

These people even race around the racing course and are very seriously having fun while they put the peddle to the metal.

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