You might believe that lawn mowers are only good for cutting grass but you’d be wrong! Did you know that there are, in fact, several lawn mower entries in the Guinness Book of World Records? Here we celebrate all things lawn mower and the impressive things that can be achieved with a little imagination, effort and a reliable mower!
Most Distance Travelled In A Lawn Mower Race – Yes, there is an annual lawn mower race! It’s very competitive and when this record was set in August 1998, the annual contest took place in Wisborough Green, UK. Three chaps in a team called Extreme Headless Chickens travelled 313 miles in 12 hours riding a lawn mower! The race was arranged by the British Lawn Mower Racing Association.
Longest Ride On A Mower – Gary Hatter of Florida, USA achieved a record of 14, 500 miles on his mower in February 2001. He started his journey in Maine and traveled through 48 states and Mexico before ending in Florida. It took him 260 days and he did it to raise money for back surgery!
Longest Parade Of Lawn Mowers – In 1997 a parade of 800 ride-on lawn mowers and 160 push mowers journeyed through Port Washington, Wisconsin, USA. Why? Who knows but it must have been an interesting sight!
Biggest Collection Of Vintage Mowers – The Hall and Duck Collection belongs to Michael Duck and Andrew Hall of Windsor, UK and includes an impressive 790 vintage mowers from between 1830 and 1940. This record was set in October 2000. When Briggs and Stratton Parts are required, visit a company such as Briggs Bits, suppliers of authentic Briggs and Stratton Parts.
Fastest Travel From Land’s End To John O’Groats On A Lawn Mower – In July 2017, Andy Maxwell of Land’s End travelled to John O’Groats at the other end of the country on a ride-on mower in 5 days, 8 hours and 36 minutes. He attempted the challenge to raise money for an Alzheimer’s charity.
Most Mowers Simultaneously Cutting – The most ride-on mowers to cut simultaneously is 696 and this event took place in July 2011 in County Kilkenny, Ireland. The stunt was organised by Dunnamaggin G A A of Ireland.
Fastest Acceleration For A Mower Prototype – In May 2019, Honda and Team Dynamics raced into the Guinness Book of World Records with a prototype mower called Mean Mower V2 which reached 150.99 mph in just 6.29 seconds! Now that’s some seriously fast grass cutting!
Longest Distance Pushing A Mower Over 24 Hours – On 14th September 1997, a team of four from the Stowmarket and District Roundtable managed to push a lawn mower 101 miles over a 24 hour period. The event took place around a course based at Chilton Fields, UK.
Longest Distance Pushing A Mower Over 24 Hours By An Individual – Andy Maxwell, as mentioned above, is also the proud owner of this record when he achieved a distance of 57.6 miles around a course at Ewood Park, Blackburn in June 2019.