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Fast and furious

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March 16, 2017

Navigating a corner: Colin Tregilgas.

Coming through: Kasey Nichols powers through the course.

Navigating: Stephen Bird works around the hay bales.

Speed: Nathan Peter rounds a corner.

Concentration: Craig Tregilgas looks to the track ahead.

Spinning wheels: Ben Gristi launches down the straight.

Baled up: Jack Nichols works around the bale course.

Full throttle: Shanoon Millsteed clears a muddy part of the track.

The action was fast and furious on Sunday at Cobram’s Scott Oval — but it wasn’t cars racing around a track.

Instead, it was brightly-painted, hotted-up lawnmowers doing battle around a hay bale course, with the event run in conjunction with the Cobram Barooga Apex Club.

Local racer Stuart Eliott said it was a great day out for the whole family, with the traditional spoon and spark plug race, sack races for children and adults, lolly giveaways, a barbecue and, of course, the racing.

‘‘The racing was excellent. It was really fast and furious,’’ he said.

‘‘Some of them were racing for sheep stations the way they were going around the track.’’

The day’s races consisted of several groups — the juniors (up to 110cc), C class (up to 200cc), B class (up to 200cc) and A class open (up to 450cc).

Taking part was a last minute decision for Mr Eliott, who had planned to support his children Amber, 12, and Ned, 9, who have picked up a passion for the sport.

‘‘I wasn’t going to race, but then one of the other guys I know said to jump on his mower in one heat and he’d ride in another,’’ he said.

‘‘I ended up getting four firsts in my class and Amber got second overall on the day and Ned did really well too.’’

More than 500 people are believed to have come through the gate, with plenty of spectators enjoying the action.

‘‘It was a really great day, and fantastic for Apex too. They’ve raised a lot of money which will go back into the community,’’ Mr Eliott said.

There were about 32 mowers across all classes, with racers coming from as far as Nowra and Gippsland.

‘‘We had a fair few come from the Lakes Entrance area, so it was a great turnout which AROLMA (Australian Ride On Lawn Mower Racing Association) will be really happy with,’’ Mr Eliott said.

The Cobram event is towards the tail end of the 2016-2017 season, which started in September, and the Eliott family is debating whether it will be travelling to the next event in Keith, South Australia.

—Cobram Courier

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