‘Good racing’ at club 27th

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The Mataura Lawn Mower Racing Club celebrated its 27th year on Saturday.

Mataura Lawn Mower Racing Club president Carl Little said the anniversary was one of the best they had had.

“Everyone was pretty impressed with the day,” Little said.

The club, which had members from as far afield as Timaru, held its anniversary in Balfour for the first time, Little said.

“Normally we race in Gore or Mataura but this weekend because we have a club member in Balfour, we thought we’d have it on his place, which paid off because we had beautiful weather all day,” he said.

“We had a good turnout too – we had 25-30 racers.

“Some of those were people who raced a long time ago and also a few new ones came along to race.

“No drama though – it was just smooth, good racing all day long.”

Little said racer of the day went to Tania Hallsy.

“One racer, Tania Hallsy, got caught on my handlebars in the morning and broke her wrist. She just strapped it up and carried on all day.”

Little said the club had members of all ages and he joined as a teen.

“I joined when I was about 14 and now I’m 42 .. It’s just good fun.

“Now my daughter is a member and so is my dad.

“My family has three generations actively involved .. It’s for all ages and great for families,” he said.

“It’s very much a family sport.”

One of the club’s original members, Steve Dixon, said people doubted the club would last at the beginning.

“They told us we would not last six months,” Dixon said.

“I am absolutely elated we are still going.”

Anybody considering having a go should head along to an event.

To find out more call Carl Little on 027 291-7974 or head into the Stihl Shop in Main St, Gore.