Ready, Steady, Mow! British lawnmower racing season gets under way

LONDON Behind a start line in a field in southern England, a group of drivers rev their engines, raring to open the throttle on noisy machines more used to cutting grass than racing across it.

For a few dedicated motor sport lovers, Sunday marked the start of the British lawnmower racing season, in which participants drive laps around a track in slightly souped-up sit-down mowers with the blades removed.

The championship, dreamt up in a countryside pub in 1973, runs from May to October and features three categories: roller-driven mowers; wheel-driven mowers and wheel-driven lawn tractors.

“It’s a little unusual, it’s not like jumping in a car and turning the wheel and peddles and gears,” said Dean Fuller, British Champion on the wheel-driven variety, at the season’s first meeting in Surrey.

“You have got to learn how you lean, how you brake, the different types of surfaces … So it really does take three or four years before you get the hang of (it).”

(Writing By Reuters Television and Marie-Louise Gumuchian; editing by John Stonestreet)

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