Lawnmower racing? That’s a bold idea!

Camperdown College students, from left, Brad Hinkley, Tyrone Emery and Nick Frith have been a part of a VCAL class which is building a racing lawnmower.

Camperdown College students, from left, Brad Hinkley, Tyrone Emery and Nick Frith have been a part of a VCAL class which is building a racing lawnmower.

THE CHANCE to host and participate in lawnmower racing has given Camperdown College students a unique challenge.

The college’s Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning class is building a racing lawnmower and will host a round of the VICMOW Victorian Titles at Camperdown.

Year 12 student Brad Hinkley said teacher Ben McKenzie helped the class come up with the exciting idea.

“Ben suggested we build a racing mower and we were keen to do it, so we’re building our own and we’re having an event as well,” he said.

The class split the project into building the mower and hosting the event.

Brad said two teams of students had been working on the split project.

“There’s about five of us working on the mower and the rest are working on the whole event,” he said.

“There’s a lot of paperwork involved in it and we’ve had to talk to the council and a few different groups as well.

“Building the actual mower has been awesome; I know a bit about it but it’s been good helping other people.”

The class’s mower is based around a Rover Rancher and students have retro fitted the machine with a 200cc Yamaha engine.

The students have built a new chassis which also includes a heavy-duty rear-end and hand-fabricated steering assembly.

Brad said the students would rotate racing the lawnmower at the racing event.

“We’ll take a few turns and give everyone a go,” he said.

“No other school is doing this so it’s something completely different.”

Mr McKenzie said the students would use an old equestrian field at Frederick Street to host their round of the VICMOW Victorian Titles on September 12.

“With the race day, we see this project as an excellent way to engage local teenage boys especially, to bring a fresh low-cost event to our community and to capture some school spirit along the way,” he said.

“We hope that this experience will inspire the local community to support our school and our students in structured work placements and future employment.”

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