Pace fast and furious in Cobram

March 16, 2017

Getting some air: The wheels of Ray McKay's machine lift off the ground.

Little kids, big mowers: William Poole (12) and Charlie Bock (87) level up during a heat.

Tackling the corner: Charlie Bock.

Steering clear of obstacles: Joshua Bock.

Revving up: Ned Eliott on the Junior Bullet.

Control: Amber Eliott slides through a corner on the Junior Bullet.

Racing hard: Andrew Bock speeds out of a corner.

Racing: Travis Poole and Jack Nichols level up.

The action was fast and furious on Sunday at Scott Oval — but it wasn’t cars racing around a track.

Instead, it was brightly-painted, hotted-up lawn mowers doing battle around a hay bale course, with the event run in conjunction with the Cobram Barooga Apex Club.

Local racer Stuart Eliott said it was a great day out for the whole family, with the traditional spoon and spark plug race, sack races for children and adults, lolly giveaways, a barbecue and, of course, the racing.

‘‘The racing was excellent. It was really fast and furious,’’ he said.

‘‘Some of them were racing for sheep stations the way they were going around the track.’’

The day’s races consisted of several groups — the juniors (up to 110cc), C class (up to 200cc), B class (up to 200cc) and A class open (up to 450cc).

Taking part was a last minute decision for Mr Eliott, who had planned to support his children Amber, 12, and Ned, 9, who’ve both picked up a passion for the sport.

‘‘I wasn’t going to race, but then one of the other guys I know said to jump on his mower in one heat and he’d ride in another,’’ he said.

‘‘I ended up getting four firsts in my class and Amber got second overall on the day and Ned did really well too.’’

More than 500 people are believed to have come through the gate, with plenty of spectators enjoying the action.

‘‘It was a really great day, and fantastic for Apex too. They’ve raised a lot of money which will go back into the community,’’ Mr Eliott said.

There were about 32 mowers across all classes, with racers coming from as far as Nowra and Gippsland.

‘‘We had a fair few come from the Lakes Entrance area, so it was a great turnout which AROLMA (Australian Ride On Lawn Mower Racing Association) will be really happy with,’’ Mr Eliott said.

The Cobram event is towards the tail end of the 2016-2017 season, which started in September, and the Eliott family is debating whether it will be travelling to the next event in Keith, South Australia.

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