Lawn mower racing, England

Lawn Mover Races, England - Photo © The British Lawn Mower Racing Association

A lawn mower is great for cutting grass, but it’s even better for racing around a dirt track.

The sport began in 1973, when Irishman Jim Gavin decided that a cheap form of motorsport was needed. He and his pals declared there would be no sponsorship, no commercialism, no cash prizes and no modifying of engines, and these rules still stand.

The not-for-profit British Lawn Mower Racing Association now has around 250 members and a 12-date race calendar that begins in May and ends in October. Fixtures include the British Grand Prix, British and World Championships and 12 Hour Endurance Race.

Racing drivers Sir Stirling Moss and Derek Bell have won awards in the sport, while actor Oliver Reed regularly took part. Who needs Silverstone?

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