Huge crowds turn out at Cobram for thrills and spills of novel motorsport.TONI BRIENT March 12, 2014 4:15am
As many as 500 spectators turned up to see Victoria’s best decked-out lawnmowers in the Cobram Lawn Mower Races on Sunday.
But it was more motocross and less grass cutting as the machines took to the course set up at Scott’s Reserve.
Some 20 racing mowers competed across four classes.
Most of the state’s regions were represented, with competitors from as far away as Gippsland entering the race.
But local racers dominated the podium, with Berrigan father-son duo Gavin and Blake Barry taking out first place in the A class and junior divisions, and Barooga’s Stuart Eliott winning the B class.
Eliott was named the overall winner of the day after wining the ‘‘all in’’ race, which put the A, B and C class winners on the track to battle it out for the coveted Cobram Barooga Apex Perpetual Trophy.
Eliott, who was also the event organiser, said it was a tough race.
‘‘The flag dropped and I knew I had my work cut out for me,’’ he said.
‘‘I did not get a good start, so I pushed my wheels through a small hole in the pack.
‘‘It paid off — I passed two mowers and was on the hunt for the leader.’’
Eliott took the lead in the third lap with nine to go, and said he ‘‘never looked back’’.
‘‘It’s a great feeling to win at your home track with all your family and friends watching,’’ he said.
Berrigan’s Gavin Barry took out second place in the race, while third went to Numurkah man Andrew Bock.
Eliott said the event was a huge success, and was especially impressed with the junior competitors’ performance.
‘‘It was a big turn out for our junior class with a few new mowers,’’ he said.
‘‘It was also good to see four females racing through the day — two in the junior section and two in the C class for 200cc (mowers).
‘‘The kids really enjoyed the Junior Mud Run Race.
‘‘We flooded the track and let the juniors skid it up.
‘‘It was a very, very muddy outcome but fun was had by all.’’
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