Lawnmower race roars through quaint British countryside

WEST SUSSEX, United Kingdom (NBCNC) — The quaint British countryside roared with the sounds of racing lawnmowers over the weekend.

It was a test of speed, power and endurance as 34 racing lawn mower teams took on the 12-hour-long nighttime race.

Born in a British pub back in the early 70s, lawnmower racing is a popular sport in England.

Even celebrities came to watch the motorized mowers race around the dirt track at nearly 50 mph.

In the end, it was a team from Luxembourg that took home this year’s title at the annual race.

“I am shocked at how dangerous, for a start, it looks,” said actress Julie Walters. “I mean, it’s very exciting, and there is one corner up there that’s like this – it’s so sharp I can’t wait to get up there. Very exciting. I can see why people love it; you can get obsessed with it. I can quite understand it.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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