Mower Racing is a sport that dates back to the early 1960s. The first documented race took place in 1963 in the United States. It has grown into a phenomenon where people gather worldwide to compete for the title of mower racing champion.

This post highlights mower racing rules and regulations that you should know before competing.

Basic rules of mower racing

All races have one person in each mower. The number of mowers in a race is determined by the organisers. Races take place on a straight path or grass track. The course length is variable depending on what type of competition it is and how many participants there are.

The mower must be self-propelled and have a grass box or catcher which remains attached to the machine during racing. Races take place on flat ground unless otherwise specified by competition regulations for each race.

Eligibility of the Driver

Drivers must be registered with the United States Lawnmower Racing Association (USLMRA) or race as part of a USLMRA Affiliated Club (AC). This is a rule only for races taking place in the US.

Drivers must be 18 years or older. With parental authorisation, drivers aged 8 to 17 can race. All drivers must sign a liability release releasing the USLMRA. (Applicable in the US).

Safety Equipment for Drivers

Every driver is required to wear a motorbike or automotive racing helmet. All drivers must wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, gloves, and appropriate footwear on the track. All drivers must have neck support that is “approved for racing.”