Taster event for quirky sport
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