Ride-on mowers will be pushed to the limits on Sunday as the Bundy Turfburners host round seven of the Queensland Ride-On Mower Racing tournament at Bullyard.
Bundy Turfburner Julie Sanderson expects the crowd to be huge this year and said it was biggest event on the local organisation's calendar.
“People can expect a lot of fast action – the mowers can get up to 80kmh on the right track,” she said.
“We do have bends on our track to slow them down a little though.
“The ride-ons have to be 75 per cent original and can have up to 25 per cent modifications to help with the speed.”
Julie said the family-friendly ride-on mower event started in 2005. It's been held at Bullyard for the past 10 years and is a popular day out.
She said male and female riders would take to the track at 9.30am and Val “Nanna” Breen is one to watch.
“Nanna is her nickname because she will ride with the lower grade riders, the 10 and 12-year-olds, and show them how to do it,” Julie said.
“She will show the newcomers how to race and she may even be winning toward the end of the race and that’s when she slows down and lets them overtake her – that’s why we call her nanna.”
Ride-on mower racing a family tradition
Mower racing is an inter-generational tradition for the Sandersons, with all the family members taking part in the sport they are very passionate about.
Julie’s husband Harry, from Harry Mowers, has been riding for decades and said the event brought people from around Queensland to the Bundaberg Region.
If you are after something to do with your family and friends and you like fast action this is the place to be, just follow the signs to Bullyard 38km from Bundaberg or 12km from Gin Gin on Sunday, 8 September.
Julie said the canteen would be running with raffles and activities raising funds for a local children's charity.
- More details on Bundy Turfburners Facebook.
Where: Bullyard Recreation Ground, 2359 Bucca Rd, Bullyard
Cost: $5 entry
Contact: Harry's Mowers 4151 6424
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