Ride on mowing is a new sport
PLENTY of men and a couple of women spent yesterday sitting on their ride-on mowers in Tinana yesterday.
They didn’t cut a single blade of grass though – this lot had something very different in mind.
Racing around a 320-metre dirt track at speeds of up to 80km on their bladeless machines was the way they wanted to spend Sunday.
Eighteen drivers from throughout south-east Queensland rode into town to help christen a new track, the home of the recently formed Maryborough Lawnmowing Racing Club.
Even the head of the governing board for the sport in the region, Peter Enwright, the president of the Sunshine Coast Mower Racers Club, hit the track for the lingual meeting of the Maryborough club.
He couldn’t hide his delight about the new facility, even before he’d had a chance to try it out.
“I am stoked for Maryborough and the sport,” the Noosa-based driver said.
“It’s an excellent set-up and it will certainly help keep this sport going from strength-to-strength in the state.
“Before this club was formed, those from the Fraser Coast interested in racing had to go either to Bundaberg or the Sunshine Coast to have a run.
“Now they’ve got a track in their own back yard and it will really help generate a lot more interest in the sport judging by the turnout.”
As for the turnout, John Dodds, the president of the Maryborough Lawnmowing Racing Club and another one of the drivers, said it had been great.
“I think we had almost 500 spectators here and I am sure they enjoyed watching us lot go about our business,” he said.
“There is no lack of entertainment in this sport.”
Dodds, who said the quickest lap time on the day was 54 seconds, said two of the six locals in action finished the day as winners.
Fred Francis from Torbanlea triumphed in B division while another Torbanlea racer, Val Breen, won the C division.
“There will be more in the future” Dodds said.