F1 on grass? Say hello to lawnmower racing
Explore the weird and wonderful world of lawnmower racing
Here's something you don't see every day: 18 people, all from various walks of life, flying around a race track at over 50mph — on lawnmowers. According to the British Lawn Mower Racing Association, "It's one of the cheapest and most entertaining ways to experience the thrills and adrenaline rush of motor sport." It's grassroots racing, literally.
Today, the British Lawn Mower Racing Association (BLMRA) boasts 250 members, it’s hosted the likes of Sir Stirling Moss, Kimi Raikkonen and Guy Martin, and it’s open to all members of the public.
The mad idea was born, as most are, in a pub; specifically, The Cricketers Arms in Wisborough Green, West Sussex in 1973.
A group of mates, including Jim Gavin, an up-and-coming rally driver, wanted to create an affordable and accessible form of motorsport that was open to everyone. Several hours (and pints) later, they found their answer: lawnmower racing. A horde of 80 mowers turned up to the inaugural race in 'Murphy's field', and the rest is history.
Today, The BLMRA hosts seven events, including the World Championship, British Championship and even a 12-hour endurance race.
- Did you know?
The BLMRA motto is ‘Per herbam, ad astra’ (through grass, to the stars).
- Guinness World Records
The BLMRA features in the Guinness Book of World Records with 'The longest distance travelled on a lawnmower in 12 hours'.
- One more thing…
The BLMRA is a non-profit organisation taking no sponsorship, no commercialism and offering no cash prizes. Grassroots all the way.