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Cutting edge of racing

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November 30, 2016

SPEED MACHINE: Andrew Bock said you would be surprised at how fast a lawn mower can go.

Forget Bathurst and Mount Panorama, for Andrew Bock the real fast and furious action can be had on the back of a trusty ride-on lawnmower.

The Wunghnu resident is part of a growing group of Aussies that are taking ride-on lawnmowers and using them as speed machines.

This Sunday, he will race against other speed demons in a ride-on lawnmower competition at Numurkah’s Show Us Your Wheels event.

Mr Bock said he did not like lawnmowing, and did not even use one as a mower as he lived on a regular house block, but he loved to race them.

‘‘Mine will do about 100ks easily, it’s got a 450cc engine in it,’’ Mr Bock said.

‘‘We line up across the track and we head out around hay bales, it’s good fun.’’

The races, which take place all over Australia, are organised by the Australian Ride On Lawn Mower Racing Association.

Association president Di Millsteed said it all started in the 1980s between a group of friends in Harrietville, near Bright.

‘‘A group of happy gentlemen who decided to pull their mowers to the top of the hill and race to the bottom,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s really taken off from there.’’

She said part of the appeal went down to price, as the ride-on mowers offered a bit of power at a price tag that was not out of reach.

‘‘It’s an exceptionally cheap way to enter motorsports,’’ she said.

Races take place on grass or dirt with plenty of twists and obstacles to keep the action exciting.

Mr Bock said he had a simple strategy for success: ‘‘Get out front and stay out front.’’

He said it was still a sport that people were learning about, and he’d had to deal with a few jokers when he explained what he raced on.

‘‘They ask if I can come mow their lawns, mostly.’’

Catch the lawnmower races at Show Us Your Wheels at Numurkah Showgrounds this Sunday, December 4. The first heat starts at 9.30am.

To find out more about lawnmower racing go to www.arolmra.net

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