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Drag Mowers / Drag Racing Organizations
« on: September 26, 2019, 12:38:09 pm »
Anyone know of any lawn mower DRAG racing in the Northeast? Ran roundy round for a bit and was hoping to see some more straight line mower racing come into play.

Would of been nice by now if the USLMRA would have a new division featuring drag racing (either grass, dirt  or asphalt).

We have some interest in my area to build some drag mowers and we would like to be part of or form an organization to help this branch of mower racing turn into something.

Would like to see some classes based around USLMRA engine rules as well as an “open” class to run other engines say up to 750cc’s.

If anyone has thoughts, interest or ideas, please let me know… If we can get enough interest going on here, maybe I can get Mr. Kaufman to come on board for possibilities. Thanks!!!

Here is a little inspiration:

Driveline / The "NEW" 700's out there
« on: May 19, 2016, 10:16:18 am »
Hi Everyone!

It has been a looooong time since I posted but will be returning to racing NEXT season after a many many year involvement with other venues in life...

I see since I have been somewhat distant from this sport, that PRO-GEAR ( ) is manufacturing "replacement" 700 series transmissions and wondering if there has been anyone on here that has any input on them.

I see them advertised on ebay as well as other sites for around $150 or so. The used market I see is asking $100+ for used 700's and my local "used parts" connections are getting slim pickens!! (not the singer!)..LOL

So if anyone has any input they would like to share (quality, issues,compatibility with genuine Peerless components) , please reply or if you want, send me a PM!! 



Tecumseh Engines / School me on TVT691's
« on: February 03, 2012, 09:54:01 am »
Getting back into racing and ran into a friend who use to own a small engine "mower" shop.
He has a brand new COMPLETE (less muffler) 20 HP tvt691-600814 Enduro VT still in a box he'll sell me for $300.

Good starting point??? or look for another base engine?

I know the TVT691 have a long history but not educated on newer versions vs. older ones.

Coffee Shop / Hello, again.
« on: January 28, 2012, 09:20:37 am »
Been away from the sport since 2007... Always thinking about getting back involved with mower racing. Miss the people. The sport had  introduced new friends and "family". Sport really made me feel good. Wasn't a good racer at all, enjoy building and helping more then actual driving.

 Been playing with cars since I sold my BP to MTV...The hot rods and such I have built over the past couple years have helped keep me busy but always think back to the "mower" days.

I kinda just disappeared from the sport, lost contact with many friends, and feel bad for doing apoligies. :(

Lots of things been hapening in my life over the past few years that have helped open my eyes to what is really important.

So, just openly thinking about returning to the sport that many people had helped me to get started in. 

USLMRA Races / CTLMRA Triple Header Weekend!
« on: August 21, 2008, 08:39:43 pm »


August 22nd Friday:

Brooklyn Fair, Brooklyn CT. Registration starts at 4pm, Hot Laps starting at 6pm

Racing starting at 7pm. As in the past they may hold people at the back gate until they get a group to escort to track area so be patient please.


August 23rd Saturday:

Terryville Fair (day 1) Saturday night Terryville CT. Registration and Tech. Start at 3pm

Racing starts at 6pm.


August 24th Sunday:

Terryville Fair (day 2) Sunday afternoon Terryville CT. Registration starts at 10am, Racing starts at 1pm

For more info and upcoming events visit

USLMRA Races / Washington County Fair-Richmond R.I.
« on: August 15, 2008, 06:35:31 pm »
Racing this Sunday August 17th  @ Washington County Fair, Richmond, RI.

Registration, Mower Tech Inspection, Track Set up starting at 10 am Racing starting at 2 pm


Link to FAIR:

This is a CTLMRA event

USLMRA Races / 2nd Annual Retts Race - May 31 2008 - Freehold, NJ
« on: May 03, 2008, 10:28:53 am »
Charity Race for RETT SYNDROME

Saturday MAY 31st 2008

Registration and TECH start at  9 A.M.

Happy Hour at 11 A.M.

Race at 12 noon till 6 P.M.

CTLMRA sponsered event.

Location: Winter Sky Ranch
411 Brickyard RD
Freehold, NJ 07728

Directions to the Race for Rett Syndrome

Winter Sky Ranch
411 Brickyard Road
Freehold, New Jersey 07728

From Pennsylvania or points west and south:
Find your way to the Pennsylvania Turnpike going toward NJ (Don't get
off in Philadelphia like Kenton-Philadelphia is not in NJ)
Go on the NJ Turnpike north
Get off the NJ Turnpike and onto I-195 east
I-195 east until you see Route 9 North
Take Route 9 North until you see Highway 33 take it East
(there is business 33 and new 33, new 33 has limited lights, business
is through the towns)
Route 33 East takes you to Brickyard/Fairfield Road Exit
Go off the ramp and turn left onto Brickyard Road. You will cross
business 33 if you traveled on new 33. Travel North 1 mile to Winter
Sky Ranch on Right.

From Connecticut or points north:
Find your way to the Garden State Parkway in NJ
Take the Garden State Parkway until you see the exit for Route 33
exit 100 or 100A
You want to take Route 33 West toward Freehold
Route 33 west to Brickyard Road
Turn right
1 mile north to Winter Sky Ranch on the Right

From Route 537 in New Jersey:
Route 537 to 5 Points Road (Colts Neck High School)
Travel 1.8 miles to Brickyard Road on left
Make left
Travel 1.8 on Brickyard Road
Winter Sky Ranch is on the left

More info on Rett Syndrome:

Stay tuned for more more info and updates!

« on: May 01, 2008, 04:05:55 pm »
Just released is the 2008 CUTTING EDGE YEARBOOK in a  .PDF VERSION.

Get your printer warmed up, get some fresh ink cartriges and start running these off to give to your friends and anyone else who wants to know more about our sport!

These are great handouts to help answer many questions that new people to the sport may have.

There is a great overview of the racing classes, overview of some basic rules, and a ton of advertisers for people to reference for their needed racing parts and supplies!

How many times has someone come up to you and started asking questions about your mower and how to get more info?? I know when I'm out and about with's like a magnet!  Now you can hand them some info and get our sport growing more and more!!

Hard copies will be mailing soon to USLMRA members!  Enjoy!

USLMRA Races / Mower Racing at ACCORD SPEEDWAY
« on: April 16, 2008, 10:01:20 pm »
Starting June 4th (Wed) there will be Lawn Mower Racing at ACCORD SPEEDWAY in ACCORD NEW YORK.

This is a part of their MID-WEEK MADNESS. Cost is being negotiated at this time. They have been running racing mowers there for some time and claim they follow USLMRA rules..but some of the mowers I've seen do not meet that criteria. the track is beautiful but large (1/4 mile high banked). I've been in contact with their promoter of this event and working to get them up to speed with our rules. I plan on racing up their on June 4th, their season opener. I hope to get together with those racers whom have been regulars and see what the interest is on racing under an affiliated groups rules (USLMRA and MOWRAUDERS).

If anyone is interested in joining me (as a racer or spectator) please let me know!!  Thanks!

Briggs OHV & Vanguard / Honing tolerance
« on: March 25, 2008, 05:52:00 pm »
A fellow racer in the CTLMRA is redoing his motor and asked this question on another forum:

This is a VANGUARD V-twin engine.


Does anyone have the tolerances for honing the cylinder I have stock pistons for
a 20hp . This is my first overhaul so any Ideas on not messing this up would be

I'm no engine builder (can assemble..just don't know tolerances that well )....If it is just to "FRESHEN UP" and remove the glaze...wouldn't a few passes with one of those dingle-berry hones be suffice?

If there are scratches that can catch your fingernail  and walls need to be cleaned up a few far can one hone before the piston becomes to small for the bore??

Any help that I can forward to him will be beneficial!


Post your Pics! / My new "USED" trailer
« on: March 18, 2008, 08:30:50 pm »
Hey guys.....Just got back form my 600 (300 each way) mile trip I took today to go pick up my new "USED" Trailer.

Ended up doing some horse trading of mowers and misc items I've had for years...and $500 cash to get this trailer.

Overall pretty decent shape. Needs some new wiring, Want to upgrade to LED lights, Will need tires soon (just dryrot...plenty of tread)...Need to remove the decals and "MAY" reshoot the red color in the summer (kinda faided)....

All-in-all Very pleased with what I got for the price.

Here are some pics:

It's a 1990 CAR-MATE Snowmobile Trailer   12 foot long, 8 foot wide, interior height of 4.5 feet

« on: March 14, 2008, 06:27:27 am »
The MOWRAUDERS April 5th Build Clinic has moved up the start time from 11 am to 4-5 pm

Starting at 11:00 am I will be serving Burgers and hotdogs, coffee and soda.

I want to start out the first half hour or so as a GET-TO-KNOW each other time. From there we will jump right into the clinic!!

More info can be found at:

If you plan on attending and have yet to contact so ASAP.

Of those whom have already contacted me, an EMAIL is being sent out to inform you of the time change.

Looking forward to meeting everyone!!

Tom Fox

Racing Mower Builds / 08' Prepared Chassis Build-IMOW
« on: March 07, 2008, 09:22:24 pm »
Here we go again!!!

Just started the build of a USLMRA PREPARED CLASS mower. Not sure exactly what class this will be for but an IMOW is really in my mind!! we go!


Got it stripped down in just an hour (the wife didn't even know it came into the garage! :)  )

Bottom of the "COOKIE SHEET" frame

Top of the frame

Upper chassis/console

With hood and fenders on

More to follow tomorrow!!!

USLMRA Races / Understanding of USLMRA's AC program and benefits to LMR
« on: February 15, 2008, 03:58:18 pm »
I been noticing more and more "NON-AFFLIATED" or as some call "OUTLAW" racers chiming in on this forum as well as others I frequently visit. I just wanted to share my experience (on my local level) with a few "NON AFFILIATED" races I attended as a spectator last fall. One thing I noticed was the lack of safety improvements. Some mower were still using the stock transaxle "BRAKE", many still had the factory "GEAR" type steering and spindles that only had the "E" clips retaining their wheels. Many of these mowers were actually getting some "DECENT" speed and it actually made me quite nervious thinking that an injury was right around the corner from happening. I don't care if you are racing with USLMRA, ARMA or the Chinese Lawn mower racers...Please be carefull and invest in your safety.

I also noticed the lack of "EVEN" racing. While there were plenty of mowers in the field...the "MODIFIED" class consisted of everyting from an "IMOW" type mower to an ""FX" style...and everything in between...all in ONE CLASS!!

With the newly formed USLMRA AC program, I know it will help the sport grow in an ORGANIZED and SAFE fashion. Prior to the program, you needed to be involved in a local chapter follwing USLMRA rules you can take the NON-AFFLIATED racers into your AC and ease them into organized racing!! The more WE get ORGANIZED the more the sport gets taken seriously. this in turn will bring the opportunity of larger corporate sponsors seeing ORGANIZED racing and wanting to become involved in advertising, hosting and whom knows what it could bring down the road!!

We are all involved in one of the fastest growing motorsports out there right now! From being based on a "MACHINE" that most everyone is familier with or has at least seen and then the cost to race makes this a very appealing form of racing.

I wish I got "MORE INVOLVED" years ago when I first was made aware of the sport...but I guess I'll do my best to "CATCH UP" now!!!

Anyway...I recently replied to a topic on the USLMRA YAHOO GROUP FORUM and it went into a brief "UNDERSTANDING" of the USLMRA AC program and thought I'd share that information here.


Date:2/15/2008 11:49:58 AM Central Standard Time
Sent from the Internet

As Bruce directed...Check out the information on the Affliated Club
program now being offered by USLMRA. I just recently became an AC
with USLMRA and am very excited on how this will allow the "NON-
AFFLIATED" racer to easily adapt to USLMRA safety rules and
guidlines and be able to be a part of a USLMRA AC without actually
being a USLMRA member. To me..This program is a awesome way to
introduce ANYONE into LAWN MOWER RACING without committing 100% to
USLMRA rules.

I look at it this way...You can form your own Lawn Mower
Racing "CLUB". Now you can PROMOTE (I'm BIG on PROMTING this Sport)
your club within your community. Now when RACER "A" inquires about
the sport and just wants to "TRY" the sport, they can now put
together a Racing Mower that really only needs to comply 100% with
USLMRA safety rules/guidlines. From there it is pretty much "OPEN"
to what can be done with the mower. I do however....suggest that any
new racer try their best to comply 100% with USLMRA rules. This will
allow for more competitive racing between mowers (classes)and makes
for a very easy transistion into a USLMRA LEGAL Racing Mower when
the racer decides to follow the USLMRA points series.

Having AC's across the nation will really EXPLODE this sport by
introducing "ORGANIZED" LMR to those whom may not be following any
certain criteria for their mowers. Non Affliated mower racing groups
can now use AC's as a stepping stone to become more involved in the
sport "SLOWLY" instead of just "JUMPING IN" blind.

I really only have a few GOALS for my AC at this time. One is to get
the general public more aware of our sport. From attending car shows
with my mower, having my mower on display at local stores for the
day, to plastering the area with flyers on the sport....once the
public see's what our sport is about, how economical it is as
compared to most other forms of get the
point. I just want to opens peoples eyes to their possibility to
join the fastest growing motorsport!!

Another goal I have(and am starting to already gain on it) is to
have a home track that my club (as well as other LC's in the area) can
practice/ learn and race instead of traveling to events and learning
during race time. I also feel that by having a LOCAL HOME track,
more racers will be drawn into the sport. I don't mind
traveling..but MANY racers (or to be racers that I've spoken to)
really like the idea of a HOME track. I think all the years people
have digested KART RACING and how they tend to STAY at a home track
to practice and compete, it has left an impression on racing at a
local level.

Tom Fox

Other Engines / GXV 390
« on: February 12, 2008, 06:49:08 pm »
I've been working the past few days with a racer from an OUTLAW type club getting him and his mower "ORGANIZED" into a USLMRA FX class.

I don't know much at all about these engines....But this one goes pretty darn good!!! Anyway....looks as if he wants to do some internal modifications. He already has a ARC wheel...but that's it. He want's to do a CAM, CARB and rods and will direct him towards the proper contacts (George :)  )

Does anyone know of what FRAM or other type of NON-OEM oil filter fits this engine??? He has been paying $13.00 from his local HONDA DEALER!!! With the more agreesive internals he wil be changing his oil much more often than he is now...but at $13.00 a pop for a filter...WOW!!!

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