Wacky Races

Rev up for a Grand Prix with a difference! West Midlands Lawn Mower Racing Association (WMLMRA) is staging a Formula One tournament to raise funds for Midlands Air Ambulance.

Club members have ‘suped up’ their lawnmowers for the seven race championship which kicked off in Malvern in May and continues at a variety of pub venues across Worcestershire over the summer.

Competitors are awarded points for endurance and speed, and more than 20 teams have entered specially adapted racing mowers under such names as ‘Rusty Nuts’, ‘Old Rosie’ and ‘Lawn Bug’, all hoping to be crowned WMLMRA Champion 2010.

The speed merchants of the WMLMRA have already raised £2000 presented to John Haughton and Anny Roper of Midlands Air Ambulance following the race meet at The New Inn, Clifton Upon Teme on Saturday 12 June.

£1300 of the £2000 donation was raised by lawn mower extremist Anthony Morris who rode a grueling 220 miles from Bromyard to Torquay aboard his Westwood mower earlier in the year.

A spokesman for WMLMRA said: “Everyone at the club has really got behind the idea of supporting Midlands Air Ambulance. After all, when you are racing a lawn mower at speeds in excess of 40 miles per hour you never know when you are going to need them.

A big thank you to the magnificent men (and ladies) of the WMLMR and their mowing machines. For more information about WMLMRA visit www.wmlmra.co.uk

Pictured: Cheque presentation at The New Inn, Clifton Upon Teme Saturday 12 June 2010.  Left (orange lawnmower) Anthony Morris of WMLMRA presents a cheque for £2,000 to John Haughton and Anny Roper of Midlands Air Ambulance.

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