Mower racing makes the cut as Show circuit begins

Lawn mower racing is coming to the Central West circuit and Forbes has some established competitors. Photo supplied by David Teale.
Lawn mower racing is coming to the Central West circuit and Forbes has some established competitors. Photo supplied by David Teale.

Lawn mower racing comes to Bedgerabong Show this Saturday, as a new series launches across our district shows.

Competitors will take to the track on modified lawnmowers as part of the day's entertainment.

The sport has been gaining popularity across the country and has entertained crowds at Parkes Show the past two years. Now organisers of that event are taking it further.

Organiser Andrew Hall says there are two classes for lawn mower racing: full modified and stock modified. The stock modified mowers just have the cutting deck removed and some pulleys reversed.

"That takes them from running as lawnmowers, about 10km/hr, to about 40km/hr," Hall said.

Full modified mowers in a separate class of racing have a more powerful motor.

Forbes' David Teale, who has just competed in his third Australian championships, has a two-stroke, 250cc motor in his 30" cut Greenfield. He estimates it travels up to 90km/hr on the race track.

Teale started lawn mower racing about three years ago with locals Craig Bratton, who builds the racing mowers, and Craig Burke.

We will have more on what they've been up to to come in a future edition of the Advocate but keep an eye out for them on the Show circuit.

The Central West mower racing series is on at local shows across the district and competitors will accrue points in each round toward the final in Cowra.

"It's great fun," Teale says.

And in the case of this brand new show series, there's also $2000 in prize money on offer.

While the competition is being run as a series, each Show is handling their own entries. Details are:

  • Trundle (August 13 and 14): trundleshow@gmail.com
  • Bedgerabong (August 17): bedgerabongshow@hotmail.com or Anne on 0427 808 158
  • Parkes (August 26 to 28): secretary@parkesshow.org.au or 68622580
  • Forbes (September 6 and 7): forbesshow@gmail.com or Jan on 68521311
  • Eugowra (September 14): secretary@eugowrashow.com.au or Sarah on 0428 797 247
  • Cowra October 18 and 19): cowrashow@bigpond.com or christie on 63421977