Thrills and spills of lawn mower racing

A roaring good time at Richmond

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This year's best dressed title in the lawn mower derby at Richmond Field Days was taken out by Al's Angels. They had tough competition from the Sutherland guys who dressed up as The Flash. Photo - Scott Radford-Chisholm.

This year's best dressed title in the lawn mower derby at Richmond Field Days was taken out by Al's Angels. They had tough competition from the Sutherland guys who dressed up as The Flash. Photo - Scott Radford-Chisholm.

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Competing for a prize pool of $2000, four teams nominated for this year's lawn mower derby.

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The lawn mower derby at the Richmond Field Days was an event not to be missed, providing a roaring good time for competitors and spectators alike.

Competing for a prize pool of $2000, four teams of three competitors nominated for this year's race, with Richmond-based drivers Tom Auty, Saxon Lynn and Alister Kelso eventually claiming bragging rights.

Race organiser Nikko Lord, Sutherland, Richmond, said the nine-lap race had become one of the main features of the field days.

"The rules have been pretty loose on what qualifies as a lawn mower the past few years, so we've seen a fair range of mowers slash four-wheelers which has been a really good laugh," he said.

"There's a high failure rate on these mowers; generally two will blow up and then the next year another two teams will pop up."

WINNERS: Richmond-based drivers Tom Auty, Saxon Lynn and Alister Kelso eventually claimed bragging rights.

WINNERS: Richmond-based drivers Tom Auty, Saxon Lynn and Alister Kelso eventually claimed bragging rights.

Reaching speeds of up to 90km/h, Mr Lord said the spectacle included a lot of wrecks, Avgas fumes and dust.

Race rules include no blades on the cutting deck and the driver must remain seated on the mower at all times, even when stuck.

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