Vandals cut loose on lawnmower race track

Vandals raced around the track causing deep ruts in the surface, club president  Brian Mulder says.
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Vandals raced around the track causing deep ruts in the surface, club president Brian Mulder says.

A small sports club has had its racetrack ripped up by vandals just weeks out from an inter-provincial lawnmower racing meet.

Taranaki Lawnmower Racing Club president Brian Mulder said club members had worked hard to prepare the dirt surface for the upcoming meeting in August only to have a car load of "boy racers" do wheelies all over it on consecutive nights.

The vandals struck first on Friday night, and repeated their destructive antics on Saturday night, after club members had spent six hours repairing the first night's damage at the Connett Rd track, Mulder said.

Taranaki Lawnmower Racing Club president Brian Mulder contemplates many hours of work to repair damage at the track.
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Taranaki Lawnmower Racing Club president Brian Mulder contemplates many hours of work to repair damage at the track.

Club members had assembled 100 tyres across the track on Saturday during the first day of repairs to prevent any more damage but these were removed that night by the culprits to race around the track again, Mulder said.

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The track now has deep ruts on the surface which will need to be raked and smoothed out before any further lawnmower racing can occur, he said.

"We need a hard smooth surface because the lawnmowers do not have suspension and it is difficult to race on a rough surface."

Mulder said repairing and rolling the track to a race standard would take many more hours.

"It's pretty frustrating, we spent a long time, and a lot of effort, on Saturday repairing the first lot of damage only for it to happen again.

"One hour of fun from some idiots has ruined it for everyone." 

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A snap chat post sent by one of the alleged culprits of the group racing on the track has been forwarded to the police, Mulder said.

"The Snapchat video shows the rego of the car used and identifies the people involved.

"They're not as smart as they thought they were."

The club's next meeting on August 20 will feature lawnmower racers from Waikato.

 - Taranaki Daily News

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