Taster event for quirky sport

The Galloway News - - GALLOW WAY VIEW - Stephen Nor­ris

Gal­loway looks set to be­come the home of lawn mower rac­ing in Scot­land af­ter a suc­cess­ful trial near Bridge of Dee at the week­end.

The quirky sport – sim­i­lar to go–kart rac­ing – sees com­peti­tors fly round a grass track at up to 60 miles per hour.

Kirkcud­bright pals Peter McRobert and Bob McCune set up the Scot­tish Lawn Mower Rac­ing As­so­ci­a­tion ( SLMRA) ahead of the event at Barn­crosh Farm.

Now Peter, 33, reck­ons the sport could take off north of the bor­der.

He told the News: “It was great fun. We had eight or nine mow­ers com­pet­ing.

“It’s not ev­ery day you see lawn mow­ers fly­ing round a field at 50 or 60 miles an hour. A lot of folk said it was the best thing they could see from the A75.

“It was a very suc­cess­ful event and hope­fully we will do it again soon, ei­ther at Barn­crosh or at a big­ger venue near Dum­fries.”

All rac­ers had to be over the age of 13 to par­tic­i­pate in four cat­e­gories – stan­dard, roller, bugs and tractors.

Speeds vary over the groups de­pend­ing on how the ma­chines are set up.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic were in­vited to have a go at the rac­ing over the week­end.

Peter said: “The event was well at­tended on Sat­ur­day thanks to great weather and a lot of peo­ple ap­peared to try or watch the lawn mow­ers go round the track.

“Sun­day was en­joy­able too but un­for­tu­nately the weather turned against although that didn’t stop the team from hav­ing fun.

“We got a lot of ad­vice pro­vided by our friends from the Na­tional Lawn Mower Rac­ing As­so­ci­a­tion ( No r t h w e s t ) Eng­land.

“Next year we are hop­ing to do the same on var­i­ous tracks in Dum­fries and Gal­loway and hope to get the Scot­tish cham­pi­onship un­der way here in Scot­land next year.”

Peter added: “On be­half of the SLMRA we would like to thank our friends from the NLMRA for their ad­vice and for a loan of their ma­chines.

“We would also like to thank Micky Ball for let­ting us use his field and John Blaikie for lend­ing the equip­ment and for his help. We hope to see evey­one at the next event soon.” f rom

Ready to go One of the lawn mower rac­ers at the week­end event Full throt­tle Mow­tor­ing ac­tion

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