Brits aiming to take lawnmower Land Speed Record

Brits aiming to take lawnmower Land Speed Record

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The Beaulieu Estate is well known in the UK for being the home to the British National Motor Museum. Housing over 250 historic vehicles, pride of place in the collection goes to the four Land Speed Record cars permanently on display there.  Recently, these four vehicles were joined by an unusual machine: a lawnmower built by Countax mowers, which, in association with Project Runningblade, aims to be the first lawnmower to reach 100mph.

The project is the brainchild of Stephen Vokins, who has worked at Beaulieu for 27 years, and has something of an appetite for the eccentric. “I saw a video of American, Bob Cleveland on YouTube setting the record for lawnmowers at an impressive 80.792mph on Bonneville Salt Flats,” he said, “and I was greatly impressed, but felt with the right team, 100mph should be possible.” He then set about putting together a team of experts, and working with Countax, has now unveiled the machine they believe is capable of reaching this speed.

Finding sponsors for the project in these difficult economic times is not easy, but the team were especially pleased to enjoy the support and sponsorship offered by Beaulieu, which has been instrumental in allowing the whole project to grow. “Beaulieu is home to an unrivalled collection of Land Speed Record material,” says Beaulieu’s Managing Director, Russell Bowman, “so when Stephen came to us with his idea, we were keen to offer it all the support we could. We’ve even reserved a place for the machine next to Sir Malcolm Campbell’s 1925 Bluebird, which was driven by the team’s driver’s grandfather on the very same beach that Project Runningblade will go for their own record.”

At the projected 100mph the team aim to achieve, the mower, driven by Don Wales, will be covering the historic Pendine Sands at the rate of 147ft per second. It will go through a measured mile in less than 36 seconds, and would be able to cut the grass on a standard football pitch in 2.61 minutes.

In order for it to qualify as a lawnmower in the Guinness World of Records, the regulations state that it has to be a proper lawnmower, built by a recognised lawnmower manufacturer, using predominantly lawnmower components, and it has to cut grass on the day of the record, although not whilst it is going for the record.

“We’re delighted with the machine,” said Stephen Vokins, “and we’re looking forward to bringing another important record to Britain.”

Project Running blade lawnmower 01

The Beaulieu Estate is well known in the UK for being the home to the British National Motor Museum. Housing over 250 historic vehicles, pride of place in the collection goes to the four Land Speed Record cars permanently on display there.  Recently, these four vehicles were joined by an unusual machine: a lawnmower built by Countax mowers, which, in association with Project Runningblade, aims to be the first lawnmower to reach 100mph.

The project is the brainchild of Stephen Vokins, who has worked at Beaulieu for 27 years, and has something of an appetite for the eccentric. “I saw a video of American, Bob Cleveland on YouTube setting the record for lawnmowers at an impressive 80.792mph on Bonneville Salt Flats,” he said, “and I was greatly impressed, but felt with the right team, 100mph should be possible.” He then set about putting together a team of experts, and working with Countax, has now unveiled the machine they believe is capable of reaching this speed.

Finding sponsors for the project in these difficult economic times is not easy, but the team were especially pleased to enjoy the support and sponsorship offered by Beaulieu, which has been instrumental in allowing the whole project to grow. “Beaulieu is home to an unrivalled collection of Land Speed Record material,” says Beaulieu’s Managing Director, Russell Bowman, “so when Stephen came to us with his idea, we were keen to offer it all the support we could. We’ve even reserved a place for the machine next to Sir Malcolm Campbell’s 1925 Bluebird, which was driven by the team’s driver’s grandfather on the very same beach that Project Runningblade will go for their own record.”

At the projected 100mph the team aim to achieve, the mower, driven by Don Wales, will be covering the historic Pendine Sands at the rate of 147ft per second. It will go through a measured mile in less than 36 seconds, and would be able to cut the grass on a standard football pitch in 2.61 minutes.

In order for it to qualify as a lawnmower in the Guinness World of Records, the regulations state that it has to be a proper lawnmower, built by a recognised lawnmower manufacturer, using predominantly lawnmower components, and it has to cut grass on the day of the record, although not whilst it is going for the record.

“We’re delighted with the machine,” said Stephen Vokins, “and we’re looking forward to bringing another important record to Britain.”

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