The John Deere Special - yesterday, maybe
TT ACE Guy Martin and BSB star Karl Harris, are entering a 12-hour lawnmower endurance race and you could too!
This year's race will be start at 8 m on the 28th July 2007 at Brinsbury College near Pulborough West Sussex.
The BSB Superbike team hope to be one of those teams looking forward to the challenge and with rumours of an identical mower to their Honda 3810 being built by a rival team, there will be bragging rights to be won!
A flurry of last minute entries have swelled this years entry to the 12
Hour Lawn Mower Race. With 52 teams taking part in 4 classes this looks
like being the best event yet.
Group 4 a class that was developed a few years ago to encourage bonneted
mowers, now totals 26 nearly double Group 3 with 16 entries, consisting
of mainly Lawnbugs. Group 2 the tow behind class, a mower that was
typically seen on cricket pitches have a healthy entry of 8 and in the
standard class, which has become the preserve of the racers wives and
girlfriends, sees 4 teams all raising money for charity.
As with all events there is a bit of scandal and not to be outdone by
Formula 1's controversy, there are rumours of teams poaching mechanics
and drivers. The traditional North v South challenge has become more
fierce this year, with teams poaching drivers from the South to drive
for the North and vice versa. All of this spices up the action, as teams
vie for the coveted prize, winners of The 12 Hour Lawn Mower Race 2007
and add their names to a trophy boasting winners like Sir Stirling Moss
and Derek Bell.
There will also be the Battle of the Pubs, as The Cricketers Arms,
entering 4 teams take on The Three Crowns entering 1 team and both from
Wisborough Green, do battle for the honours of being "The Best Pub
Team". However there is a twist........The drivers of The Cricketers
Teams used to race for The Three Crowns! But there is a further twist,
the drivers of The Three Crowns used to race for The Cricketers!!
Who will come out tops the home of Lawn Mower Racing, The Cricketers or
the pub down the road The Three Crowns!! This is going to be a race not
to be missed!