Northbrook, IL (PRWEB) March 30, 2012
No foolin, April 1 2012 is the 20th Birthday of the U.S. Lawn Mower Racing Association (USLMRA) and its STA-BIL Lawn & Garden Mower Racing Series, and commemorations have been announced to mark this mowmentous milestone of what started as a whimsical, tongue-in-cheek alternative to the escalating costs of motorsports to become Americas fastest mowin sport.
In the USLMRA hometown of Northbrook, Illinois, a Proclamation will declare the nations first Mow Town Day along with official acknowledgement that weekend chores can be fun as well as productive. An Official 20th Anniversary lawn mower racing song, Runnin All Out has also been unveiled to mark 20 years of sod slinging.
Founded on April Fools Day 1992 in conjunction with Title Sponsor STA-BIL Fuel Stabilizer, http://www.goldeagle.com/brands/stabil/default.aspx, the USLMRA, http://www.letsmow.com, has been turning a weekend chore into a competitive sport for 20 years.
Bruce Kaufman, Mr. Mow It All, USLMRA Founder and President has been there from the beginning. Weve been kicking grass for 20 years, said Kaufman. “When it comes to racing mowers, to mow us is to love us!
Kaufman would not divulge his plans for the April 1 Mow Town Day, for fear of looking foolish. Rumors of him spending the day pulling weeds from his yard, replacing Peerless Transmissions, installing new valve springs, switching to a billet flywheel, enhancing carburetor performance or just sitting in a hammock could neither be confirmed or denied.
Runnin All Out The Official Song of the USLMRA 20th Anniversary, is a tribute to lawn mower racing. The song will raise money for Patriot Outreach (http://www.patriotoutreach.org) to assist military personnel, law enforcement, first responders or those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Runnin All Out can be ordered at http://www.runninallout.com.
20 YEARS OF U.S. LAWN MOWER RACING ASSOCIATION HISTORY
Formation of the U.S. Lawn Mower Racing Association and first STA-BIL Nationals.
Dixie Chopper Jet, The World’s Fastest Lawn Mower, named as Official Pace Mower.
Inaugural STA-BIL Nationals held near Chicago.
Named one of the “Top Five Special Events” by Inside PR magazine.
Inaugural Grass Cutter’s Ball held to honor start of lawn mower racing season.
Featured on ABC-TV’s Home Improvement season finale.
STA-BIL Nationals featured live on CBS This Morning and in Auto Week magazine.
Featured on Paul Harvey Radio Network.
STA-BIL Regional Series expands to 12 U.S. Cities.
STA-BIL Nationals televised on Prime/Sports channel.
Named Top Entertainment/Media Event of 1995 by Brand Week magazine.
Mattel Hot Wheels releases “Home Improvement Action Pack” featuring Dixie Chopper Jet Powered Mower.
Featured on TNN Friday Night Motor Madness.
Named one of three best sports quotes of 1997 by Newsweek magazine.
Lawn mower racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
4-Race Series on The Nashville Network (TNN) Motor Madness.
USLMRA membership tops 500.
Exhibitions at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway.
Compete in the famous British Lawn Mower Racing Association 12-Hour Race.
TNN broadcasts 6-week series of STA-BIL Lawn Mower Racing.
Lawn Mower Racing appears on front page of New York Times.
STA-BIL ‘Rider Cup’ with British Lawn Mower Racing Association.
9-week TV Series on Speedvision.
2001 A Lawn Odyssey
STA-BIL Racing expands into Canada.
Speedvision airs 7-week Series.
Local Chapters expand across the country with 20 Local Chapters by summer, 2002.
Mowers turn 80+ mph at Bristol Motor Speedway.
STA-BIL Nationals expands to 2-day racing extravaganza.
Discovery Channel airs 1-hour documentary Turf Rockets: The Cutting Edge.
STA-BIL Nationals televised on ESPN2.
Featured in Hollywood movie The Prince and Me.
Mowers race live in New Yorks Rockefeller Plaza for NBC Weekend Today Show.
Yes, Dear CBS-TV features lawn mower racing with NASCAR star Greg Biffle.
Gold Pinnacle Award from International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA).
Featured Opening Day of the 2006 New York International Auto Show.
USLMRA lawn mower racer Bobby Cleveland sets World Land Speed Record at Bonneville Salt Flats: 81.00 mph.
Lawnmower Racing Mania 2007 video game for and PC released.
Two 30-minute shows air on Outdoor Channel Motor Mania Series.
15th Anniversary STA-BIL Nationals, Labor Day Weekend.
Inaugural Performance Mowersports Expo (PME) held during STA-BIL Nationals Weekend.
Featured on premier episode of Discovery Channel Series Wreckreation Nation with Dave Mordal.
National Lawn Mower Racing Hall of Fame & Museum introduced.
Inaugural U.S. Open.
USLMRA racer Bobby Cleveland reclaims World Land Speed Record, 96.529 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats.
Featured on Travel Channels Truck Stop Missouri.
20th Anniversary of USLMRA.
Were so proud to have STA-BIL Fuel Stabilizer supporting our sport since Day 1 in 1992, for 20 years, Kaufman added. As lawn mower racing has grown, so has STA-BIL, to become Americas top selling fuel stabilizer, and now offering Marine Formula STA-BIL Ethanol Treatment & Performance Improver, Diesel Formula STA-BIL