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Hold on to your grass clippings, folks... there's a new World's Fastest Lawnmower. You may recall the story we recently published about Don Wales of the UK, whose Project Runningblade seemed destined to wrest the record away from American Bob Cleveland.

It all worked out just as intended when Wales took to the Pendine Sands, as Runningblade tripped the timing and scoring lights with a certified top speed of 87.833 miles per hour (141.235 kilometers per hour). The previous record, held by Cleveland, stood at 80.792 mph and was set at Bonneville in 2006.

According to Wales, the next rung in the speed ladder sits at 100 mph, and he plans to reach that elusive velocity in short order. For his part, former record holder Cleveland plans to take another stab at the books as well. In the meantime, check out the video of Project Runningblade during its record-setting run on the sand along with a press release from lawnmower manufacturer Countax after the break.

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Countax Project Runningblade Takes World Record

The world's fastest lawnmower, the Countax Project Runningblade sets a new land speed record of 87.833mph.

Oxford, United Kingdom, May 27, 2010 -- On Saturday 22nd May, the Countax Runningblade mower broke the record for the World's Fastest Lawnmower, by travelling at 86.069mph at Pendine Sands in Wales.

The old record, held by Bob Cleveland from the USA, had stood by 80.792mph since 2006, and Bob had flown to the UK especially to witness the record being broken.

The mower was driven by Don Wales, grandson of Sir Malcolm Campbell, and nephew of Donald Campbell, who between them broke over 20 World land and water speed records. Don now holds 9 UK land speed records including the World Record for a Steam car at 148mph on Edwards Airforce base, California in August 2009.

The team returned to the sands on Sunday, determined to extend the record further, and successfully achieved a new World Record of 87.833mph, before the surface of the sand deteriorated, preventing any further attempts.

Proving himself to be a good sport, Bob Cleveland commented; "I'll really pleased for the all the guys at Countax, they've built a great mower, and given me a new target." When asked whether he will be challenging the new World Record, Bob said that he was certainly going to try, but the new record of almost 88mph was going to be very hard to beat.

Countax Managing Director, Harry Handkammer said; "I'm very proud that we have taken the record, the team at Countax have worked so hard on the mower, and it's been a real pleasure to be here and share in the excitement."

Countax manufacture a range of ride-on mowers at their factory in Oxfordshire, producing over 10,000 mowers annually.

Pendine Sands is a 7-mile long beach on the shores of Carmarthen Bay on the south coast of Wales which became famous for world land speed record attempts in the 1920s. Sir Malcolm Campbell set a world land speed record of 146.16mph on Pendine Sands in his car Bluebird, on September 25, 1924. Four other record-breaking runs were made on Pendine Sands between 1924 and 1927; two more by Campbell, and two by Welshman J.G. Parry-Thomas.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      The rules state that the mower must cut grass on the day of the attempt. Whilst making the attempt the cutting blades may be disconnected, but otherwise this had to be a valid functioning mower.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hank hills new mower!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd like to see the criteria you must meet for it to still be considered a lawnmower.
      That one in the video looks quite a bit stretched out and lowered.
      I'm not so much seeing the feat in making that thing go 90mph,
      You can pretty much completely remake the chassis on anything and make it faster.
      Almost looks like a rat rod with a lawnmower nose.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder if that even really cuts grass like a regular lawnmower
        • 5 Years Ago
        probably a bit faster... if it even touches ground obviously
        • 5 Years Ago

        As part of the rules, it cut the grass at a speed museum before the record attempt
        SOURCE: http://www.motobullet.com/news.php?id=10256
        • 5 Years Ago
        "...record-setting run on the sand along with a press release from lawnmower manufacturer Countax.."

        A record setting speed "tractor"...that would've been a Lambo (Countach).
        • 5 Years Ago
        From another Autoblog article:

        "In case you were wondering, Runningblade is powered by a Kawasaki V-twin engine that is in fact designed for lawnmower duty and can indeed cut grass... at 100 miles per hour."

        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't think so, but that would be interesting to see how fast a mower that is actually cutting grass could go. 20 acres? No problem!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Interesting. I wonder exactly which Kawasaki was used. They make V-twins up to at least 2000cc.

        Bob Cleveland started with a 20hp Briggs & Stratton motor and used a lawn mower transmission.

        I'd like to see either of these actually cut a lawn.

        BLeyland, the mower that's cutting the grass isn't the same mower that was used to set the speed record. I don't know how they can make that claim. The two mowers are distinctly different.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I know this dude that has a craftsman... I think it's faster. At least his sister thinks it is. That would be one solid boss race.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Lawn mower my A$$, let me see how much grass it will cut.And do You really need a mower deck? Or will that slow the so called LAWN MOWER DOWN.HAW, LOL
      • 5 Years Ago
      ~88MPH? All it needs now is a flux-capacitor and it's good to go....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why would anyone try for a speed record... on a lawnmower?

      On another note, should mount a Hayabusa engine in there to really get it going... or two =O
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why would anyone try a speed record in anything?

        Answer: Because they can.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The question is why he went with such a terrible shape for high speed. Maybe it's in the contest rules.

      Given the shape of the vehicle, 88mph is pretty fast. But it's still hard to be impressed with only going 5mph faster than the record for a bicycle when you get to use an engine.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wee ..... a so called car for kid ~~ LOL
      • 5 Years Ago
      George Jones approves!
      (never drink and mow)
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