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The World's Fastest Lawnmower

samzenpus posted more than 3 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) | more than 3 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) | more than 3 years ago | (#33832952)

Does it have a six pack cooler on it?

Re:But... (1)

Surt (22457) | more than 3 years ago | (#33855692)

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

oh! (1)

Abdul Jakul (1912090) | more than 3 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 [motherboardsata.com]

Wing? (1)

MoeDrippins (769977) | more than 3 years ago | (#33835458)

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

Re:Wing? (1)

dr2chase (653338) | more than 3 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) | more than 3 years ago | (#33904394)

They have a sarcastic sense of humour :)

Anonymous Coward (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33843534)

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

BUT IT'S NOT MOWING ANYTHING! (1)

cavedweller96 (1549997) | more than 3 years ago | (#33848858)

BUT IT'S NOT MOWING ANYTHING!

Re:BUT IT'S NOT MOWING ANYTHING! (1)

zcubed (916242) | more than 3 years ago | (#33853724)

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

Re:BUT IT'S NOT MOWING ANYTHING! (1)

Literaryhero (1379743) | more than 3 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)

Re:BUT IT'S NOT MOWING ANYTHING! (1)

zcubed (916242) | more than 3 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.

Re:BUT IT'S NOT MOWING ANYTHING! (1)

schon (31600) | more than 3 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. :)

Re:BUT IT'S NOT MOWING ANYTHING! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 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) | more than 3 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) | more than 3 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) | more than 3 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 | more than 3 years ago | (#33859764)

That man is beyond any doubt an incredible athlete.

Wow (1)

Jon Abbott (723) | more than 3 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) | more than 3 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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