Mower racing always popular

Back in action . . . Kurow Kruisers returns tomorrow at the Kurow Racecourse. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Fancy racing around on a lawn mower? How about blowing up a car motor?

After Covid-19 forced its cancellation last year, the Kurow Kruisers Show Us Your Toys event returns tomorrow to bring the wider Waitaki community together.

The event features a classic car show, attracting more than 200 cars from Nelson, Christchurch and Dunedin in the past; stalls, bouncy castles, tyre-changing competitions, food stalls, and competitions — and, lawn mower racing and blowing up car motors.

Kurow Kruisers secretary Lou Tait said the lawn mower racing was one of the most popular events.

‘‘Our uniqueness would be our lawn mower racing. It draws a huge crowd,’’ Ms Tait said.

‘‘It just kind of grew from ‘hey let’s try this’. It was so popular that we just kept going with it.’’

Blowing up the motors was also popular, with the help of Kurow Kruisers chairman Scott Palmer, of Valley Motors Kurow.

‘‘He is a mechanic so he can source the car motors.’’

Kurow Rugby Club JAB is running the gate at Kurow Racecourse this year and all gate funds will go back to the JAB.

Show Us Your Toys had been running for about five years and first began as a fundraiser for a young girl in the Waitaki Valley who had cancer.

Since then, the event had continued to raise money for the community every year, and people could apply for funding following this year’s event, Ms Tait said.

Gates will open for tomorrow’s event at 10.30am.