If you thought your riding mower was fast, it's probably a slug compared with the Countax lawn tractor that's set a speed record of just more than 87 mph.
Lawn mower driver Don Wales takes a successful record-breaking run on Pendine Sands in Wales. (AP photo)
Countax is a British lawn mower manufacturer acquired by Ariens Co., of Brillion.
Last weekend in the U.K., a Countax riding mower set a speed record of 87.33 mph, topping the record of 80.6 mph set by a Snapper mower in 2006 at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Snapper is owned by Briggs & Stratton Corp. of Wauwatosa.
Countax had hinted it was aiming for 100 mph. Perhaps that was wishful thinking, for the moment, according to Service Dealer magazine, which covers the outdoor power equipment industry.
"Even so, seeing and hearing the low-slung tractor streaking across the sand in the high-80s was a highly impressive sight," Chris Biddle of Service Dealer wrote.
Lawn mower driver Don Wales takes a successful record-breaking run on Pendine Sands in Wales. The British driver and his machine made a new top speed, breaking the previous 80.6 mph lawn mower land speed record.