Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Fastest lawnmower - world record set
by Don Wales
Pendine Sands, Wales, UK -- Driver Don
Wales reached an average speed of 87.833mph (141.353)
km/h on his Kawasaki-powered Countax ride-on machine, after
first cutting a patch of grass to prove he was riding a lawnmower
- setting the new world record for the Fastest
Photo: Lawnmower driver Don Wales on
his successful world record breaking run on Pendine Sands
in west-Wales. Photo: PA
previous Guinness world record for the Fastest
lawnmower was 80.792mph (130.022km/h), set
in 2006 by Bob Cleveland on the Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah;
Clare Hansley-Boyd, spokeswoman for the
team, said that sand conditions meant the going was relatively
slow and that the record attempt had been hampered by headwinds.
But the record was set after an afternoon
of meticulous preparations which included course inspections
and test drives.
Once all preparations were complete, the record
attempts took place over a measured mile in one direction,
with the driver returning within an hour.
Added Mrs Hansley-Boyd: "It is a bit early
to say where we will be going from here, but I think the 100mph
target is something that everyone will be aiming at for the
Don's uncle, Sir Donald Campbell, and grandfather
Sir Malcolm Campbell, between them broke more than 20 land
and water speed records - none on a lawnmower.
Mr Wales' team has been working with Countax
Ltd, based at Great Haseley, near Thame, on the high-spec
machine, which includes parts from three different Countax
Project Runningblade has raised "significant"
funds for the Wessex Heartbeat charity, which supports the
Wessex Cardiac Centre at Southampton General Hospital.
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