Enthusiasts Prefer Unrestored Mowers

The results of our latest visitor survey suggest that a minority of enthusiasts prefer to collect (or see at exhibitions) mowers that have been restored. Of the 177 site visitors who voted just 25 per cent preferred restored mowers whereas 36 per cent (almost half as many more) said they preferred unrestored machines. The remaining 38 expressed no clear preference.

To restore or not always makes for heated discussion when collectors and enthusiasts get together. The arguments vary but generally fall into two broad camps. On the one hand is the point that by restoring a mower to something like original condition the collector is preserving it for the future and making a nicer exhibit for the events they attend. On the other hand the collectors who do not restore argue that machines in original condition are more authentic and by leaving alone they are not destroying (or covering up) ancient paintwork and other evidence of old production and engineering techniques that might be of value to future generations. It's a debate that's likely to continue for some time. In the meantime the results of the poll are presented below.

Unrestored
36% (64 votes)
Restored
25% (45 votes)
Don't Mind
38% (68 votes)
Total votes: 177

Dennis Mowers At World Cup

Dennis is supplying 27 of its top-of-the-range mowers to the stadiums staging the World Cup in South Africa next month. The company, in its current and former guises, has a great history of supplying mowers to sportsgrounds throughout the UK and overseas. Many collectors will have seen images of Dennis machines in use at venues such as Wembley Stadium and Lord's Cricket Ground. You can see a video about the latest order, which Dennis says is its most prestigious ever, by clicking here.

Annual Rally This Weekend

Old Lawnmower Club members from all over the UK (and a few from overseas) will be at Milton Keynes Museum this weekend for the club's annual rally. We expect there will be over 200 lawn mowers on show over the weekend and around 100 members attending. This is the club's 21st annual rally since we formed the club at the first event in 1990. Some of the original members will be there again this year.

The event is open to the public from 11am to 4.30pm on Saturday and Sunday. The museum charges for admission and details are included on its own website.

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