Lawn Mower Racing: Starting, Learning And Finding A Race

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Lawn mower racing is fast becoming a national past time. More and more people are joining the ranks of the United States Lawn Mower Racing Association, or USLRMA. The sport is nicknamed AMERICA'S 'GRASS ROOTS' MOTORSPORT, and it is growing everyday. Although many people take this sport very seriously, a sense of humor is greatly encouraged.

The USLMRA was first started on April fool's day in 1992. Today, there are over 400 members nation-wide. Many races are put on by non-profit organizations, and the turnouts are worth all the work. The only thing more fun than watching a lawn mower race is actually racing, and there are many ways to get into racing.

The US is not the only country to take part in such a lucrative motor sport. In fact, lawn mower racing was first invented in Wisborough Green, Great Britain, in 1973. There were a few friends at a pub, wanting to be able to participate in a cheap new motor sport. Apparently, the cost of the more popular motor sports seemed to always be increasing. After a few beers they decided that the cheapest way to race would be to use their lawn mowers, because many people already owned them.

The lawn mowers that are raced can travel between 5 and 50 mph, with some experimental mowers able to travel 60mph. Some races can last as long as 8 hours, and championships as long as 12 hours. The longest lawn mowing race took place in 1997 on the 25th anniversary of the sport, and it lasted for 25 hours.

In order to prepare to race a mower, you must remove the cutting blade. There are no races that take place with the cutting blade still on. You need to be at least 18 years old, and a driver's license is not required. It will cost you on average $10 a day for registration and many races last more than one day. All you need to do is show up at a race, introduce yourself at the main table and just let them know you're interested.

Almost every lawn mower race set up in either America or Great Britain is actually a fund raiser. Many people take the sport seriously, but no one makes a career out of it. It is recreational, and the racers like to make sure that they are racing for a good cause.

Another form of lawn mower racing is to attach a lawn mower engine to a go-kart design. You can modify the engine enough to reach speeds of 30-60mph. This form of racing is tailored more for people interested in speed, and winning, while the more traditional form of racing is geared for recreation only.

Although lawn mower racing has been established for over 30 years, it has a long way to go. People are becoming interested every day, and there will always be life long supporters. Perhaps one of the safest ways to race, lawn mower racing is a great way to spend a weekend.

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