Need for speed on mow­ers

Central and North Burnett Times - - MONTO DAIRY FESTIVAL -

LAWN mow­ers were never meant to go fast, but push­ing them to their lim­its makes them a lot more fun to race.

“It’s all part of the chal­lenge, mak­ing some­thing go re­ally fast – we get them up to 90kmh,” lawn mower racer Chris Chilton said at the Monto Dairy Fes­ti­val on Satur­day.

“We al­ways have a lot of prob­lems with them over­heat­ing, and blow­ing belts ... but work­ing out what went wrong and how to fix it is just another part of the sport.”

Two of the top com­peti­tors, Mr Chilton’s old neigh­bour Harry Sanderson and An­thony Glead­hill, were born in Monto, and both re­turned to strut their stuff.

“I run a lawn mower shop in Bund­aberg, so mower rac­ing just comes with it re­ally,” Mr Sanderson said.

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

BURN­ING THE RUB­BER: Ran­dall Creed, Wil­liam Creed, Harry Sanderson and Chris Chilton are ready to race.

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