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Project Runningblade Claims Lawnmower World Speed Record - Web Exclusive

Project Runningblade, backed by Honour Motorsport, has claimed a new land speed record for the world's fastest lawnmower at Pendine Sands in South Wales.

May 24, 2010

Project Runningblade, backed by Honour Motorsport, has claimed a new land speed record for the world's fastest lawnmower at Pendine Sands in South Wales.

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Driver Don Wales steered the Kawasaki-powered Countax ride-on mower beyond the 87mph barrier for the first time, surpassing the previous top speed of 80.792mph reached by Bob Cleveland on a home-built lawnmower in 2006 at Bonneville Flats, USA.

In line with regulations, Don Wales, the eight-time land speed record holder cut grass outside Pendine's Museum of Speed, before beating the existing four-year old target on the military beach by reaching 86.069mph on saturday.

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The grandson of World Record Holder Sir Donald Campbell, who made his own debut in 1924 on the same beach, Wales went on to set the new outright world land speed record for a lawnmower at 87.833mph. He successfully completed two individually-timed runs within a one-hour period along the shores of Carmathen Bay on sunday.

Don Wales not only enters the history books with nine such accolades to his name, but the latest attempt also marks the accomplishment of the dream of motoring author and Runningblade's Team Principal, Stephen Vokins, who laid down the British challenge in 2009 following heart surgery. The project has raised significant funds for the Wessex Heartbeat charity, which supports the Wessex Cardiac Centre at Southampton General Hospital where the TV presenter received the life-saving treatment.

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