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.
[Source: Project Runningblade]
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.