Lawn mowers were pushed to the limit last night as the annual 12-hour endurance race across the West Sussex countryside got under way.
More than 30 teams of three driveres battled through the night in a bid to follow in the footsteps of racing legends such as Sir Stirling Moss and be crowned this year’s champion.
All driving genuine lawn mowers, the team members took turns to race during the gruelling event.
The race, which kicked off from Five Oaks, near Billingshurst at 7pm, saw competitors reaching speeds of up to 50mph.
A spokesman for the British Lawn Mower Racing Association said the machines had been slightly and they ran without their cutting decks.
‘The main objectives were and still are, no sponsorship, no commercialism, no cash prizes and no modifying of engines,’ he said. ‘The idea being, it would keep costs down and resulted in lawnmower racing being described by Motor Sport News as the cheapest form of motorsport in the UK.’
Lawn mower racing began in 1973 and Derek Bell, five-time winner of the 24-hour Le Mans race, is a former holder of the 12-hour title.
by Arthur Furrowfield, remora & robin