Endurance lawn mower race at Five Oaks, Billingshurst

The 12-hour lawn mower race. PICTURES BY STEVE HOOK
The 12-hour lawn mower race. PICTURES BY STEVE HOOK

A sleepy part of West Sussex was brought to life with the roar of motors as the world famous 12-hour lawn mower race took place.

Hundreds of spectators swamped the normally deserted field in Five Oaks near Billingshurst to watch teams from as far away as Luxembourg compete for a chance to win some of the most sought after trophies in motor sport.

TV and film star Warwick Davis made a special guest appearance to drop the flag at 8pm.

The event, held by the British Lawn Mower Racing Association (BLMRA) and sponsored by Chobani, was cancelled last year after the exceptionally wet July. So the 30 teams of three were raring to go like never before.

Mowers reached speeds of up to 55mph as they sped around the 1,380m track created by race committee chairman Peter Hammerton from Rudgwick.

Team Northerners Kick grASS stormed to victory and set a new record for greatest distance. In second place was team Tanswell followed by The Bush Wackers in third.

Organiser Simon Funnell said: “This year’s event was our biggest attended to date and we are now planning next year’s event already to make it even more successful.”

He added: “I would just like to thank Chobani who supported this year’s event and Warwick Davis for starting the race for us.”