I just have to start out by saying how much fun it was to ride on a lawnmower that travels at highway speeds.
My story today focuses on Benny Gilbert, whom I have dubbed the Richard Petty of lawnmower racing. He has won everything there is to win and now fields his own team.
Benny kinda looks the part. He has a healthy beard and a country accent. He walks the walk, talks the talk, and well, races the mowers like no one else.
“I got in the sport on account of I got with a group of people that raced mowers,” he told me when I asked him how he became a grandfather of the sport.
Not only does he have his own team, but he has a Facebook Page and there is a web site that tracks standings and offers a calendar of events.
I took my camera along and created a photo gallery of pictures from Benny's place just outside of Fries, VA. There he has a house, and his small shop where he devotes all of his time to lawnmower racing.