ABOUT THE CHALLENGE
Australia’s first mower race was dreamt up in a small, country pub in Harrietville Victoria in 1988.
Five men challenged each other to a race around the local hills of the area after an alcohol-related argument.
They chugged up the steep slopes belching smoke from their unmodified Briggs and Strattons, rounded a nominated gum tree, then flew down in “Angel Gear” – Australian outback slang for neutral – to the finish line.
“Half the town’s 100 people, 300 sheep and 150 dogs were there,” according to Brian Ross, six-time president of the Australian Ride-On Lawn Mower Racing Association (AROLMRA), the biggest lawn mower racing club in Australia.
AROLMRA has over 100 members and a large following in Victoria, and all over Australia. It holds between eight and ten races a year.
The town of Harvey is well placed geographically to host a large event, drawing from Perth and the South West, but broaden the event to invite family members to participate and local Community Groups to assist and benefit from the proceeds.
Whilst the Rotary Club of Harvey will coordinate the overall event, Community Groups in the town of Harvey will manage specific parts within the event, thereby spreading the workload and drawing funds for their own cause in return for their effort.
There is a charge to participate in a heat within the event and spectators are encouraged to relieve themselves of their coins into many well-placed donation containers.
There is an expectation that we obtain external sponsorship and funding to cover set up costs and prizes.
As with any event, the first year was smaller and a learning curve, but there is an appetite for this sort of event to grow and expand in 2020.
Join us at Hawter Park (adjacent to the Harvey Bowling Club) for a great day out.