On Saturday, May 3 at 2 p.m., racers at Savannah Valley Speedway, 10516 Hwy 58, Ooltewah at Goodner’s Equipment, will mount their specially modified mowers and race each other at speeds up to 60 MPH.
The SCLMRA hosts several races at the Savannah Valley Speedway throughout the year. Barry Goodner, race coordinator, said “Lawnmower racing is a fun event on so many levels. People love to see the modifications, the speed, and the skill involved. Plus, we’re raising some money for a great local organization.”
There will be 11 different classes of mowers, from stock to ultra-modified racing. All racers must be registered with official lawn mower racing associations. Mr. Goodner explains that the mowers “all have basic required modifications; the blades have been removed and several other safety requirements are met. Riders must wear helmets and boots too.”
"These races are great family events. Kids and adults can come to see souped-up machines roar around a dirt track. It’s got the excitement of NASCAR but much easier on the wallet. Families can mingle with the racers and ask about the mechanical changes or the strategies they use. It’s a great event for the kids who like to tinker." stated Mr. Goodner.
The cost is $5 per person ages 13-years-old and up (younger kids are free and people with autism are free). Folks should bring a lawn chair and a camera because you’ll want to capture some of this action. Food/drinks will be available for purchase. Proceeds of this race will benefit the Chattanooga Autism Center. Those who have questions regarding the event can reach Barry Goodner at (423) 344-8159.