Off to the lawn mower races --- In Arizona? - Tucson News Now

Off to the lawn mower races --- In Arizona?

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BUCKEYE, AZ (KOLD/CBS) - This is the best way we've seen it described...The most striking thing about the race is how loud it is. Ear-splitting, popping engines pull up to the starting line, and you have to yell to be heard.

The race starts and they circle a dirt track, going 50 - 60 miles per hour, and the air becomes cloudy with dust. Now your eyes hurt and your ears ring, but you can't stop laughing, because the sight of grown men on their John Deere lawn mowers, hurtling themselves at top speed is something you've never seen before.

Twelve Mile, Indiana claims to have invented the sport of lawn mower racing, but believe it or not, there are lawnmower racing tracks all over the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Even the desert of Arizona can be included when naming places the sport is gaining popularity.

Chuck caught up with members of the Arizona Lawn Mower Racing Association in Buckeye.

One of the first questions to ask before giving it a shot.. Do the mowers have blades?

"No, the blades are removed. The blades must be removed when racing and it is the very first rule under General Mower Requirements in the rule book. Remember, safety first." is how the group's web site responds.

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