Dodds cuts it as winner in Pomona
JOHN Dodds mowed down his rivals in the name of sport.
The 43-year-old Maryborough mechanical engineer powered his ride on mower to victory in a Sunshine Coast Mower Racers Club meeting at the Pomona Showgrounds.
Dodds held off the challenge of 10 other competitors from Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and Bundaberg to get the chequered flag in the race to be crowned the B grade champion.
The win meant a lot to Dodds, the president of the newly formed Maryborough Lawnmowing Racing Club.
It was his first victory in the three years he’s being doing the sport.
“You could say that I am as happy as a pig in mud,” Dodds laughed.
“I am absolutely stoked to have won because competition is so fierce in the sport because it’s growing in popularity all the time – that’s why we’ve decided to form a club in Maryborough.
“We have got 10 or so members already and I am positive that will increase in time.”
But how did Dodds first get involved with the sport which sees competitors race around tracks at speeds of up to 85kmh on mowers minus their blades of course?
“I saw some racing on TV and discovered there was a club on the Sunshine Coast so I went along and had a go,” Dodds, who hates mowing the lawn, said.
“I was hooked there and then.”
But Dodds doesn’t just know how to ride a mower – he knows how to get the best out of one.
He was the officer-in-charge of the internal combustion engines laboratory at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, a role where he taught students about lawnmower engines.
With that knowledge it comes as no surprise that he’s willing to help any people keen to follow in his footsteps and give the sport a go.
“I am sure that there are plenty of people with old mowers,” he said. “This is a great chance for them to turn them into racing machines.”
The Maryborough Lawnmowing Racing Club will have its inaugural race meeting at its new permanent home next to Maryborough Speedway on November 29th. Racing starts at 10am.