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Lawnmower racers try to mow down rivals

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 01:15

July 17 - Competitors aim to be a cut above the rest at the world championships for lawnmower racing. Tara Cleary reports.

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Engines are fired up! In what looks like a frenzied case of grass cutting obsession, competition gets underway in the world championships for lawnmower racing. Except there's not a blade in sight … for obvious safety reasons. But don't be misled into believing this is a sport for the lazy gardener. SOUNDBITE: Paul Tindall, group 4 racer, saying (English): "People always thinks you race lawnmowers, oh right, you're sitting, you like, plod around - no - it's fast, it's close." The sport is divided into four groups and races are held over two days, with each set of lawnmowers racing 16 times. And for some it's not only enormous fun, but also a great way to get started in racing. SOUNDBITE: James Walters, first-time racer, saying (English): "I always wanted to race and it's always been too expensive and I couldn't afford to do it in any other racing right now." SOUNDBITE: Becky Mulholland, only female racer, saying (English): "It looks dirty and messy and it's too fast but it's not - it's like really good fun." But when the dust finally settles, some contestants might be wondering if they're cut out for this.

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Lawnmower racers try to mow down rivals

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 01:15

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