British Film Star To Be Guest At 12 Hour Lawn Mower Race

by James Charman

Eight-time BAFTA winner Julie Walters will drop the flag to start the 2014 12 Hour Lawn Mower Race.

Walters, who has twice been nominated for an Academy Award and has been in blockbusters such as Billy Elliot and the Harry Potter series, will wave the flag for the 8pm start at Five Oaks, near Billingshurst in West Sussex on Saturday the 9th August. Qualifying for the event starts at 3:15pm.

The 12 Hour Lawn Mower Race is always a frenetic race, with action guaranteed throughout the 12 hours. Teams of three drivers compete through the night, reaching speeds of up to 50mph with the only suspension coming from the padding in their seats.

The race will begin with a traditional Le Mans style start, with the first drivers running across the track to their mowers before setting off in to the night. The top three have been known to run on the same lap all the way to the chequered flag, creating a thrilling end to a slightly eccentric event.

The 2013 event saw a record of 348 miles set, with teams already aiming to beat that total this year.

All proceeds from the race will go to the local Ingfield Manor School for children with cerebral palsy. Tickets cost £6 with children and parking free of charge. Commentary for the race will be provided by Radio Le Mow on 87.7FM.

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