• Oct 5th 2010 at 4:55PM
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World's Fastest Lawnmower – Click above to watch video after the jump

One minute, you're the king of going fast on a lawnmower. The next, you're number two behind a man from the UK. That's what happened to Bobby Cleveland, but he didn't sit idly by on his grass clippings – he went out and brought the title of World's Fastest Lawnmower back to the United States with a new speed record of 96 miles per hour.

Cleveland set a world record back in 2006, with a speed of 80.792 mph. His mark was then bested by Don Wales whose Project Runningblade mower was clocked going 87.833 mph. Bobby Cleveland wanted to be the first to cross the 100 mile per hour threshold, but 96 mph is still a mighty leap over Wales' mark. The way these two are going back and forth it's only a matter of time before one of them hits that magic number, but until they do, check out Cleveland's latest run after the jump.

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World's Fastest Lawnmower Speed Record - Back in the USA

-American Bobby Cleveland reclaimed his title at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah on September 25.
-British driver Don Wales took Cleveland's original record - set in 2006 - in May, going 87.833 mph.
-Cleveland 'smashed' this by an impressive 96.529 mph.

Bobby Cleveland celebrates after winning back the title of World's Fastest Lawnmower Driver
"The speed scared me so good!"
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) September 28, 2010
Gold Eagle® Co.'s Engine Answerman, Bobby Cleveland, who set the original land speed record on July 4, 2006 in his 104+® Octane Boost riding lawnmower, has reclaimed his title as the World's Fastest Lawnmower Driver. This past weekend (Sept. 24-26), Cleveland took back the record with an official speed of 96.529 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

In May, British driver Don Wales (on behalf on Project Runningblade) took the 2006 title by going 87.833 mph at the Pendine Sands in Wales, UK – beating Cleveland's original record of 80.792 mph. Cleveland was in attendance to see his record broken, and to cheer on his British counterpart.

It took two days and five runs, but Cleveland was able to 'smash' the record Wales set just a few months ago. Unlike in 2006, Cleveland had his own personal pit crew this time around - a few who are members of the United States Lawn Mower Racing Association (USLMRA). Cleveland even cut some grass after the final run, to prove to any doubters that it's a 'real' lawnmower.
"I've been waiting four years for this," said Cleveland. "That's why I was excited about Project Runningblade's attempt - it gave me an excuse to come back to the Salt Flats. I was hoping we would get my machine up to 100mph, or even 104, but 96 mph is still a record and pretty fast on a lawnmower - it scared me so good! I couldn't have done it without my team."

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I bet he had the only lawnmower on the Salt Flats that day...
      • 4 Years Ago
      They should be required to actually cut grass. I don't see any grass. Without that it's just a top heavy go cart. BFD. Redneck retard fail.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually he did...watch the video before you automatically call him a retard...
        • 4 Years Ago
        You fail at life...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Faster than most muscle ricers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Am I the only one that calls BS on these records? Those things need to be on grass and have their blades engaged, cutting uniform stalks. These are just go-karts with highly unsafe centersof gravity. Chassis be damned!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @elmo. I failed to see a mile's worth of grass on the salt flat. If actual moron would cared to read what I wrote, then maybe he would understand it gooder. Let me boil it down: not cutting grass while at speed. no record.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It doesn't need to cut grass at speed. All it needs is to cut grass to be an actual working lawn mower. It's physically impossible for a lawn mower to cut grass at over 100mph. The blade wouldn't be going fast enough on ANY lawn mower to even uniformly cut grass. Plus, the lawn mower would be severely unstable with a running blade.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And another moron fails to watch the video...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thats the meanest sounding lawn mower engine I think I have ever heard.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Our long national nightmare is finally over.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wanna see the record for the fastest bar stool. Remember that guy who got drunk and crashed his motorized bar stool into a ditch? THAT would be entertaining to watch.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks awfully unstable with that high center of gravity. Just a matter of time till someone gets killed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      USA! USA! USA!...
        • 4 Years Ago
        NASCAR endorsed coming to a local Sears near you!
      • 4 Years Ago
      i wanna make one soooooooo freaking badddddd with wide tires and a loud muffler:)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow.....! What....a.....great honor.....to hold the record for.....the worlds fastest lawnmower...... We won the fight on that one.....right, guys? Wow!
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