Lawnmower cuts through speed record
Published 22/05/2010 | 21:36
A British lawnmower cut the world land speed record to ribbons with a trail blazing new top speed of more than 86mph.
The unique petrol driven mower raced into the record books in front of an ecstatic crowd at Pendine Sands, in west Wales.
Rider Don Wales smashed the previous 80.792mph lawnmower land speed record with an impressive 86.069mph.
But his team have vowed to return to the scene of the speeding triumph on Sunday in a bid to break the elusive 100mph barrier.
The jet-red sit-on machine began by giving a demonstration of its grass cutting ability to prove it qualified as a lawnmower.
Challengers for the record must drive over a measured mile in one direction and return within an hour.
The record attempt using the motorised grass cutter also has to ensure it is built primarily from lawnmower parts.
Mr Wales went on to streak across the one-mile section at the seven-mile stretch of sand, proving that speed is in the blood.
His grandfather was Sir Malcolm Campbell who broke the world land speed record, in a car, at the same historic venue in 1924.
The Bluebird, the classic car he drove more than eight decades ago, was on show at the Welsh Museum of Speed at the site. It may now be joined by a lawnmower which could itself eventually become something of an icon of speed in the future.