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.
-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."