United States Lawn Mower Racing Association (USLMRA)
Lawn mower racing is stealing a slice of the motor sports world one country at a time. When it reached the U.S. in the early 1990’s it was an instant hit. It didn’t take long for the United States Lawn Mower Racing Association (USLMRA) to be established.
The first race held in the U.S. was back in April of 1992. It was organized by executives of Gold Eagle Co, as a promotion for their fuel stabilizer product, STA-BIL.
Since then, the 18-race STA-BIL National Lawn Mower Racing Series has become the most anticipated event by lawn mower racing enthusiasts and fans alike. This series is only one of the many events presented by the United States Lawn Mower Racing Association (USLMRA) all over the country each year.
Because of the popularity of the sport, USLMRA has now grown to include 42 local lawn mower racing chapters. and numerous affiliated clubs across the U.S. Each of these local chapters and clubs organize their own events to keep up with regional demand. You can actually attend a full year of lawn mower racing events is a variety of locales.
Races are held in different states including: Tennessee, Texas, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, Louisiana, Maine, Utah, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Don’t worry if your state is not on the list…yet. I am confident it is only a mater of time before lawn mower racing finds its way to a town or city near you.
Membership is required in order to participate in events held by the United States Lawn Mower Racing Association. The fee is purposefully low, as USLMRA wants everyone with an interest to be able to join. USLMRA rules dictate you must be at least 18yrs old to become a member. 16 and 17-year-olds are permitted as long as they have parental consent.
Teenagers are captivated by the thrill and excitement of lawn mower racing, so do not be surprised if there are more kids racing than adults. Like so many other sports and activities, lawn mower racing is a good way for them to learn about discipline and responsibility.
As far as your mower is concerned, the United States Lawn Mower Racing Association has set rules for each lawn mower racing class. They are very strict with these rules, so you have to make sure that you abide by them or else you won’t be allowed to race.
An official rule book can be downloaded from the United States Lawn Mower Racing Association website. Reading it is a must; it serves as your guide for mower modification as well as and safety requirements for racing.
A schedule of lawn mower racing events and membership forms can also be found on the site.