The British Are Coming… The British Are Coming!
July 11, 2017 (Northbrook, Ill.) — For a quarter of a century, people have been souping up their lawnmowers (yes, lawnmowers) to race for bragging rights. This month, the U.S. Lawn Mower Racing Association (USLMRA) and its sponsor, STA-BIL® brand Fuel Stabilizer, will celebrate the 25th birthday of nationally-sanctioned lawn mower racing with an international turf battle featuring the British Lawn Mower Racing Association during the 13th Annual St. Mary’s County National Lawn Mower Races. The races will take place July 28-30 at Bowles Farms in Clements, MD and will feature turf titans from 17 states along with the triumphant return of the British Lawn Mower Racing Association (BLMRA) which last visited American shores in 2000 for the Rider Cup.
“When the British last visited America, they kicked grass with their own machines they brought from England,” quipped USLMRA President and “Mr. Mow it All, Bruce Kaufman. “This time the British will be racing on machines provided by their American counterparts, so anything mows!”
British Team members include current and former British and World Champions who have raced in England, Germany, France and Luxembourg. American racers include racing champions from Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Ohio, North Carolina and South Carolina.
The British Race Weekend will also feature the annual induction ceremonies for the National Lawn Mower Racing Hall of Fame. On Sunday, July 30, the Rocket Man Racing Team and a surprise honoree will be inducted into the pantheon of sod slinging glory. Led by grandpa Pat “Rocket Man” Sullivan of Venice, Fla, Rocket Man Racing features three generations of lawn rangers including Pat, his son, daughter, son-in-law and four grandchildren.