Racing Lawnmower Sanctioning Bodies
The racing lawnmower sport has continued to grow in popularity. There are now several sanctioning bodies located throughout the U.S. and other countries. Below is an overview of some of the more well-known organizations.
The first on the list must be the BLMRA (British Lawn Mower Racing Association). This is where it all started back in 1973. They are located in Wisborough Green, West Sussex, England. The group takes credit for the creation the racing lawnmower.
The next lawn mower racing association on the list is USLMRA (United States Lawn Mower Racing Association). They claim to be the first organization to bring the racing lawnmower to the U.S. in 1992. This is a professional organization with national-level attention.
With headquarters located in Glenview IL, lawn mower racing association USLMRA also has 20 local chapters represented in 20 states across the country. Participating states include AR, AZ, FL, GA, IL, IN, IA, LA, ME, MD, MI, MN, CT, ND, OH, PA, SD, TN, TX, and WI. It won’t be long before they will be represented in all 50 states.
There are also many smaller regional associations. Some are affiliated with the major national sanctions.
NASGRASS (North American Society of Grass Racers and Sod Slingers) is located in Naples, Florida. As an affiliate of USLMRA, they tend to follow similar rules. NASGRASS was born in 1985 when two local neighbors noticed that one could cut his grass quicker than the other could. The claim of speed was quickly resolved with a side-by-side drag race. This may have been first place a racing lawnmower competed in a drag race.
Today NASGRASS has grown to include over 100 members and 50 regular racers. Their racing lawnmower program covers the full gamut of racing genres including 100 yard drag races, dirt ovals, and a ¼ mile road course endurance race of 30 laps. If you think the Indy 500 is tough, try 8 miles on a racing lawnmower.
NDLMRA (North Dakota Lawn Mower Racing Association) is a lawn mower racing association established in 1999. They primarily race at fairs and local charity events. This is truly a group that races for fun. The engines have a maximum of 20 HP and follow the USLMRA rulebook for engine modifications.
NWLMRA (North West Lawn Mower Racing Association) is another touring division of the racing lawnmower located in the UK.
Located in Kansas, RCLMRA is known as the Mow-Fast lawn mower racing association. One of the more interesting aspects of this association is the way they start their races. They use the “Lemans Style” starting procedure to begin every race. Each racing lawnmower is lined up on the starting grid while the drivers are standing in a row. When the green flag is dropped, the racers must run to their mower, saddle up, crank it up, and go. This adds another element of excitement for the fans.
We can’t forget the lawn mower racing association land down under. AROLMRA (Australian Ride on Lawn Mower Racing Association) has approximately 70 members. And, they have as many as 37 racing lawnmowers participate in a single event. I wonder if they race clockwise or counter-clockwise.
In Canada SOLTRA (Southern Ontario Lawn Tractor Racing Association) is the predominant lawn mower racing association. And, they don’t let the snow and cold stop them. This group has performed in large indoor stadiums such as Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario and the Sky-Dome in Toronto. For added fame, the group was filmed for the movie, “The Prince & Me”.
Another Canadian association is OELTR (Ontario Extreme Lawn Tractor Racing). This lawn mower racing association is noted for the annual Red Neck 500. Races are also held in conjunction with national touring stock car events.
Other racing lawnmower associations include:
• ETLMRA- East Tennessee Lawn Mower Racing Association
• ALMRA – Arizona Lawn Mower Racing Association
• ILMRA – Illinois Lawn Mower Racing Association
• MNLMRA – Minnesota Lawn Mower Racing Association
• LSMRA – Lone Star Mower Racing Association
• WILMRA – Wisconsin Lawnmower Racing Association
Look for many more associations to emerge as the racing lawnmower sport continues to grow in popularity and expand across the nation.