Lawnmower sets new speed record

A petrol-powered British lawnmower has raced into the record books after travelling at a new world best of 86mph in west Wales.

Rider Don Wales, the grandson of car land speed pioneer Sir Malcolm Campbell, clocked up 86.069mph on his red sit-on machine in front of a cheering crowd at Pendine Sands. It shattered the previous record of 80.792 mph set by American Bob Cleveland in Utah in the US.

Mr Wales and his team are raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children and Wessex Heartbeat.

After proving its grass-cutting abilities, machines bidding to break the record must then be driven over a measured mile in one direction and return within an hour. It must also be made primarily of lawnmower parts to qualify.

Mr Wales's grandfather Sir Malcolm drove a classic Bluebird car to the world land speed record at the same venue in 1924.

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