Need for speed on mowers
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.
BURNING THE RUBBER: Randall Creed, William Creed, Harry Sanderson and Chris Chilton are ready to race.