Maryborough Lawn Mower Racing Club president John Dodds (right) will be aiming to cut up his rivals in Tinana tomorrow.
Maryborough Lawn Mower Racing Club president John Dodds (right) will be aiming to cut up his rivals in Tinana tomorrow. Valerie Horton

Friends have need for speed

JOHN Dodds and his mates are hoping they get caught by the police speeding tomorrow – to be honest, they would love nothing better.

Dodds, the Maryborough Lawn Mower Racing Club president, has asked the police to attend the club’s race meeting in Tinana in a bid to find out just how fast the racers can go.

The 44-year-old Dodds, a Maryborough mechanical engineer, said he was sure the speed gun would get a great workout.

“We just don’t know how fast we are going,” Dodds, who said more than 30 competitors are expected to race on their bladeless machines tomorrow.

“I’d say we are hitting speeds of around 80kmh – it feels so much faster I can tell you though.

“It would be fantastic to find out for real though, so I really hope they (police) can make it out here.”

As for the sport itself, Dodds said it was really starting to catch on in Australia.

“Nothing beats it – it really gives you an adrenalin buzz,” Dodds said.

“In an ideal world, I’d love to race a super bike, but lawnmower racing more than makes up for it as far as I’m concerned.

“I love everything about it and there are plenty of other people like me in the state and the country.

“The sport is really catching on and generating plenty of interest for all ages.

“Kids, some as old as 60, race in meetings,” he laughed.

The Maryborough Lawn Mower Racing Club is next to Maryborough Speedway on Gympie Road in Tinana.

Racing starts at 10am and admission is $5.

Children under 12 are free.



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