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The World's Fastest Lawnmower

samzenpus posted about 4 years ago | from the speed-cutting dept.

Transportation 20

Bobby Cleveland is the proud owner of the world's fastest lawnmower again. He managed to get his rider up to 96 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats to reclaim the title from his speed mowing rival, Don Wales.

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if it weren't for the "talleyho" (1)

v1 (525388) | about 4 years ago | (#33830030)

I'd say by the sound of it that was Cooter talking over the radio to one of the Duke boys...

just me or did he have no idea how to operate that radio?

Tho drag racing lawnmowers has got to be a redneck party theme... kud-yud-yud!

But... (1)

Literaryhero (1379743) | about 4 years ago | (#33832952)

Does it have a six pack cooler on it?

Re:But... (1)

Surt (22457) | about 4 years ago | (#33855692)

Fifty-Thousand for the vette and no slide-out cup holder?

oh! (1)

Abdul Jakul (1912090) | about 4 years ago | (#33834010)

ha! it should also show it's purpose of mowing the lawn! not just running through the dust! nothing relevant from these group. good post anyway. Motherboard Sata []

Wing? (1)

MoeDrippins (769977) | about 4 years ago | (#33835458)

What's the point of the wing when it's completely obscured by the driver?

Re:Wing? (1)

dr2chase (653338) | about 4 years ago | (#33843036)

Not exactly aero in general. You figure a fully-faired bike can get up to 80-some mph (less than a horsepower), these guys have still got some engineering left to do.

Re:Wing? (1)

cafelatte (99544) | about 4 years ago | (#33904394)

They have a sarcastic sense of humour :)

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Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33843534)

I don't see any mower blades!
Itza sham!!
Who mows salt anyway?


cavedweller96 (1549997) | about 4 years ago | (#33848858)



zcubed (916242) | about 4 years ago | (#33853724)

At the 5 minute mark they mow some grass to make it official.


Literaryhero (1379743) | about 4 years ago | (#33856034)

So I guess I could just throw some sort of cutting blades under my pinto and set the record then. (Assuming a pinto can go 96 mph)


zcubed (916242) | about 4 years ago | (#33865870)

I don't know all the rules for being declared the fastest lawnmower in the world, but from watching the video:
1. It has to be fast
2. At some point it has to mow some grass

You now have all my knowledge on fast lawnmower competitions. Get your pinto take it to the salt flats and see how you do. Keep us updated and good luck.


schon (31600) | about 4 years ago | (#33872926)

(Assuming a pinto can go 96 mph)

Of course it can - make sure you have 1/2 tank of gas, and have someone whack the rear bumper with a sledgehammer. I'm sure parts of the pinto will reach 96mph. :)


Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33876096)

Sharpen the front of the mower, and it'll mow just fine, at least in a straight line.

Yeah, I'm not impressed either. (1)

Valdrax (32670) | about 4 years ago | (#33944332)

If it was mowing grass at 96 mph over a typically bumpy lawn, then I'd call it a feat of engineering. This is just a really unsafe and pointlessly heavy go kart on a dirt track.

Obligatory "Coupling" reference (1)

michelcolman (1208008) | about 4 years ago | (#33857936)

But does it mow the lawn?

(OK, I guess it does, if you count that tiny strip of grass at the 5 minute mark)

Re:Obligatory "Coupling" reference (1)

DocMAME (933222) | about 4 years ago | (#33908092)

Yes, after the record setting run, Bobby put the blades on and mowed a patch of grass to prove that it is indeed still a lawnmower.

An amazing achievement (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33859764)

That man is beyond any doubt an incredible athlete.

Wow (1)

Jon Abbott (723) | about 4 years ago | (#33904812)

Wooooo doggy! It's a real life Ricky Bobby. I hope they picked up after themselves. I'd hate to be riding at 200 MPH on the salt and run over a golf ball.

Spoiler for looks, not function (1)

DocMAME (933222) | about 4 years ago | (#33908246)

Bobby commented about the wing in the video for the first speed record... it is more for appearances because the kids like it. Bobby Cleveland is a great guy and someone that I'm proud to call a friend... he is the most polite southern boy you'd ever care to meet and he knows his engines... that's why Gold Eagle hires him to drive that big transport truck around as the Engine Answer Man.
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