This easily goes down as one of the strangest assignments I have ever been given and certainly one of the strangest things I’ve ever seen.
Now do not for one second think these things are the same lawn mowers you have in your garage. No no. These would be the souped up racing cousin to the old thing you have lying around that cuts grass. These are bred to race. And this tiny clay/dirt track in Ellerbe, North Carolina is their playground. This was an assignment for the Observer back in the summer of 2009 and I thoroughly enjoyed my evening with the Ellerbe Lion’s Club lawn mower racing. Essentially anyone with nothing to do on a Friday night came out to watch this strange motorsport and with a croud of a thousand or so, the action did not disappoint. Drivers throw these monsters around at close to 60 miles per hour using their weight and a lot of car control to make the turns. Insane.
Oh, and did I mention how loud they are??? Enjoy! (I really need to go back to one of these).