The North West Lawn Mower Racing Association is holding a race meeting in Kirkham this weekend and is inviting spectators to attend.
Lawnmower racing – affectionately known as ‘the foundation of motorsport’ – was started in 1973 by an Irishman named Jim Gavin, who with a group of pals descended on a Sussex pub to discuss his latest motorsport idea. .
Jim was heavily involved in rallies and sponsors were creeping in. Jim didn’t really like that and wanted to create a form of motorsport that was more easily accessible to everyone.
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They looked across the town square and the gardener was mowing the cricket pitch. They realized everyone had a lawnmower in their shed, so they said let’s race. A race was organized and about 80 mowers showed up.
Stuart Polkinghorne from Kirkham has been involved in the sport for around 30 years now and is hosting this weekend’s meeting at Sunfield Farm, near Freckleton Road, on Saturday and Sunday May 14-15.
The first race of each day is at 1pm, then every hour throughout the afternoon and a collection and raffle will take place to raise funds for Ukraine.
“Everyone is welcome – and I hope lots of people come and have a good time,” Stuart said.
“There will be the chance to check out the mowers and see some good sport.”