Join The Conversation With Mishpacha's Weekly Newsletter

Unusual World Championships

Rochel Burstyn

Competitions can be lots of fun. But what happens if you’re not good at sports or chess? Never fear: there are world championships for underappreciated sports (like ironing) and even games (like rock-paper-scissors). Check out some other unusual world championships:

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

lawnmower raceLawnmower Racing

What happens when you have a group of young British men who want to get involved in motor sports but can’t afford it? In 1973, they formed the British Lawn Mower Racing Association, the first of its kind in the world. The US Lawn Mower Racing Association was formed in 1992. How does it work?

Any lawn mower that was originally manufactured with the intent to cut grass is eligible. The cutting blades are removed for safety, and seats and harnesses are added. Like race cars, lawn mowers are given names, only they sound a little different. Some examples: Prograsstinator, Sodzilla, Ace of Blades, the Bat Mowbile and Mr. Mow-it-all.

The mowers are lined up and when the call is heard — “Ready … Set … Mow!” — they’re off, veering around the racecourse. Racers compete for trophies, points, and bragging rights. Currently there are about 700 USLMRA racers in theUnited States. The world land speed record was set in 2010 by racer Bobby Cleveland: 96.529 miles per hour.


Share this page with a friend. Fill in the information below, and we'll email your friend a link to this page on your behalf.

Your name
Your email address
You friend's name
Your friend's email address
Please type the characters you see in the image into the box provided.

No Misunderstandings
Rabbi Moshe Grylak Hashem revealed the secret of a balanced life
What Was the Court’s Rush?
Yonoson Rosenblum The Democratic Party’s descent into madness
Survey? Oy Vey
Eytan Kobre How could YAFFED promote such a farce?
Filling the Void
Rabbi Henoch Plotnik Jewish leaders don’t need to be declared or coronated
Top 5 Ways We Remember Our Rebbeim (and we love them for it!)
Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin An ode to these pivotal people in my life
Hanging On in Newark
Rabbi Nosson Scherman Rabbi Nosson Scherman remembers the shul of his youth
A Fine Kettle of Fish
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman The “minor” chasadim are often the most meaningful
The Next Hill
Jacob L. Freedman The look on Malachi’s face nearly broke my heart
Tradition and Modern Meet in One Long Dance
Riki Goldstein Fusing tradition and modernity comes naturally to him
A Playlist for Shabbos
Riki Goldstein What does Moshy Kraus sing at the Shabbos table?
With Flying Colors
Riki Goldstein My 15 seconds of fame on the Carnegie Hall stage
Full Faith
Faigy Peritzman With emunah, everyone’s obligation is the same
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Silence isn’t always golden
The Only One
With Rav Moshe Wolfson, written by Baila Vorhand Within every Jew is the flame of instinctive emunah