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Lawnmower racers a cut above the rest

Monday, August 11, 2014 - 01:30

Actress Julie Walters is in attendance at the annual 12-hour Lawnmower Race that takes place through the night in the English countryside. Tara Cleary reports.

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The exciting Le Mans-style start … The thrills … and the spills of the 12-hour Lawnmower Race in England. This year, the event attracted foreigners and Hollywood actress, Julie Walters. Walters say she completely understands the obsession for the sport. SOUNDBITE: Julie Walters, British actress, saying (English): "It's very exciting and there is one corner up there that's like this, it's so sharp I can't wait to get up there. Very exciting I can see why people love it." For drivers the most difficult part is at night, especially when it rains. SOUNDBITE: Clive Atton, racer, saying (English): "I've done half an hour, I broke the mower, they fixed it, the evil people and sent me out and then I just thought I'm going to die, I've done one stint and I'm so tired, I am going to run away." SOUNDBITE: Ian Ratcliffe, racer, saying (English): "Before the race we are full of excitement, during the race we get fed up with it, the end of the race we vow never to do it again, then about a week afterwards we can't wait to start." Thirty-four teams took part and by the 8am cut-off, the winning squad, number 1, had completed 366 laps, which is around 500 kilometers or 300 miles. Covered in mud and exhausted, some drivers managed to steal a well-deserved nap.

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Lawnmower racers a cut above the rest

Monday, August 11, 2014 - 01:30