A new breed of boy racer?

Remove the blades, add some more horse power, make it loud and low, give it a name like MowJo, and you’re on your way to having a race ready ride-on mower.

Ride-on lawn mower race at Rotorua A&P Show

Ride-on lawn mower race at Rotorua A&P Show

When I saw lawn mower racing on the programme at the Rotorua A & P show last year, I thought it was a one off event unique to Rotorua. Not so, the first ride-on mower races were held in 2003 at the Omokoroa School gala, ride-on mowers meet regularly at the Sanson rugby park, and race at the Manawatu Garden Festival every year. The Rotorua A & P show is a regular pit stop for the racers and we watched a bunch of them dusting up a paddock and vying for the chequered flag.

Dusting up the paddock in Rotorua

Dusting up the paddock in Rotorua

Mower racing is on the programme again at the jazzed up 2014 Rotorua A & P ‘Lifestyle Expo’ on 25-26 January. If the Feilding club returns I’m keen to ask if any of their mowers has a Dixie horn, we saw guys riding a souped up stool, and a chilly bin so I wouldn’t be surprised. If you’re keen to pimp out a ride-on mower check out NZ Lawn Mower Racing Assn Inc.

Feilding Lawnmower Racing Club

Feilding Lawnmower Racing Club

Update:  See Hannibal Riding and Rolling his Supercharged Lawnmower at the 2014 A & P Show. I chatted to a lawnmower racer and asked about horns, no mower he knows of has one. However good ole Google found me this mower with a Dixie horn.

Ride-on stool at Rotorua A&P show

Ride-on stool at Rotorua A&P show

If you’re into more traditional forms of lawn mowers, my favourite mower – the miniature horse, will also be competing at the A & P Show along with axemen and the usual herds of livestock.

Miniature horse competing at Rotorua A&P Show

Miniature horse competing at Rotorua A&P Show

Axemen competing

Axemen competing

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