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Get your motor running and go along to the Turfburners race

RACE TIME: Trent Sanderson will be participating in the Bundy Turfburners lawnmower racing event on 14 September at Bullyard. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
RACE TIME: Trent Sanderson will be participating in the Bundy Turfburners lawnmower racing event on 14 September at Bullyard. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

THE thought of mowing the lawn on a Sunday probably isn't anyone's idea of fun. But what if you were on a ride-on mower that was able to travel speeds faster than 80km an hour all while doing it for a good cause?

The Turfburner Mower Racing annual event will celebrate its 10th year next month and hopes to beat last year's fundraising effort, where $1440 was raised for leukaemia patient Josh Ruane.

Organiser Julie Sanderson said this year's event will be raising money for Ellie Topliff who suffers from Tay-Sachs disease.

"Ellie has Tay-Sachs disease which is a very rare inherited disease caused by an abnormal gene," Mrs Sanderson said.

"People with this abnormal gene do not have an important enzyme that helps to break down a fatty material called ganglioside gm2.

"The life expectancy of a child with Tay-Sachs disease is between two - five years of age."

The team at the Bundy Turfburners encourages the community to go out and show support for Ellie.

The day has something for everyone with the introduction of a girl's only race.

Daughter Jessica Sanderson said the girls only race already had six entrants and she is thinking about entering herself.

"I'm looking at participating in this, I just have to get the nerve to do so as the mowers go fast," Miss Sanderson said.

"Our youngest female racer is 14-years-old, she has the confidence on the track.

"The test and tunes are done before the race to make sure they racers can handle the machines."

Mrs Sanderson said racing against six other racers on a track is different to when riding alone.

"A normal ride-on goes around 6km per hour, we get them over 80km and with the Outlaw Class it's faster than that," Mrs Sanderson said.

"Between 30- 40 sports racers will attend on the day, so it should be full of action.

" Julie's son, 18-year-old Trent, has been racing since he was eight and looks forward to beating his dad Harry who has been racing for more than 25 years.

"My time trials are normally faster than dad's and I hope to beat him this year."

Turfburners Mower Racing

  • When: Sunday, September 14, with racing from 10am-2pm
  • Where: Bullyard Recreation Ground, Bucca Rd
  • Entry: $5, kids under 12 free
  • Contact: 4151 6424

Topics:  mower racing



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