Monday, October 1, 2012

Gentlemen, Start Your Lawnmowers

Got a press release a few weeks back announcing that some company or other was continuing to supply parts to, or renewing their sponsorship of, a lawn mower racing association. Obviously the press release wasn’t too effective on me because I can’t remember who issued it (possibly STA-BIL, a gas additive manufacturer)—I was too fixated on the idea that people not only race lawn mowers, but that there was an actual association for it.

According to Wikipedia, the whole thing got started, not surprisingly, in a pub in England, back in 1973. Needless to say, it spread. There are at least two American associations, the U.S. Lawn Mower RacingAssociation and the American Lawn Mower Racing Association. Both offer local chapters as well as a national championship. A little closer to home is the Southwestern Ontario Lawn Tractor Racing Association (SOLTRA).

In case you’re wondering, they use ride on mowers (wimps), which have had some modifications made to them for safety, including the removal of the blades. Too bad. I was planning on starting a local chapter and hosting a race in my backyard. Seemed like an easy way to get my grass cut.

I can’t vouch for the instructions, but here’s a site telling you how to make a racing lawn mower. There’s even an online lawnmowerracing game, in 3D no less. It does require you to register to play, which I haven’t done, so again, I can’t vouch for it. If anyone tries it and it is good, let me know in the comments.

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