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Cross Country Race Lawnmower Race – The Great Grass Race

The Great Grass Race is a cross country lawnmower race. But why?

LOS ANGELES, CALIF., USA, July 9, 2020 / — Six- teams competing in a cross-country race on 5.5 mph ride-on lawnmowers isn’t what you’d call gripping. It might not be the kind of heart-in-your- throat reality show you’d expect from the launch of a new streaming site called ​Menace Vision​.

No Covid Slowdown Allowed

But this isn’t going to be your normal summer is it. After a crippling pandemic that has slowed down everything to a crawl, Lawnmowers might actually speed things up.  The Great Grass Race might just be the bonding experience everyone needs, says show creator/executive producer Denis Oliver, a native of Neuville-les-Dames, France.

“I wanted a show that everyone could relate to while also forcing people, including strangers, to work together toward a common objective,” Oliver said​. ​“This long lawnmower ride is a metaphor for our longing to bridge the tremendous distance we feel between each other right now.”

The Inspiration

Oliver says he got the inspiration for the three-month race cross country lawn mower race while watching “The Straight Story,” a David Lynch-directed drama about Alvin Straight, a World War II veteran who travels by lawnmower across Iowa and Wisconsin to visit his dying, estranged brother.

“Mr. Straight can’t qualify for a driver’s license, so he does the trip however he can,” Oliver said. “We have super-fast cars slumbering in the garage with dying batteries as we lament that we can’t visit our loved ones. But the human spirit can triumph over all things.”

The race starts at 9 a.m. PDT July 10 in Moorpark, Calif and is only on the Website.

Because the contestants will choose their own courses across the country, each will face different challenges. While racing they will also be wheeling and dealing for food, shelter and even gas. Contestants include a hairstylist/pre-law student from Newark, a martial artist from San Francisco and a mom of three boys from Oklahoma and Beach Street Local Tiffany Gil.

“We want to show viewers there is goodness and kindness in the world, that there are people all over who share these values,” he said. “Perhaps we need to see this even more right now. We are all here in this world together. There is no place else to go.”

Stream It.

Other Menace Vision shows in development, include​ SpiceWars​,​ UnderPressure​, A​irborne ​and​ The $$$ Chase. The $$$ Chase is an audience-participation treasure hunt that starts Aug. 7.


The Great Grass Racers are:
— Clinton Brand, of Paso Robles, Calif.
— Tiffany Gil, of Huntington Beach, Calif.
— Wealthy Guan, of San Francisco, Calif.
— Shavonnah Jefferson, of Chicago, Ill., and Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. — Katie Knight, of Sioux Falls, S.D.
— Rashon Lea, of Greensboro, N.C.
— Andrej Sensnovis, of Kalamazoo, Mich.
— Jackie Sessoms, of Winter Garden, Fla.
— Kassie Sisco, of Newkirk, Okla.
— Karima Spates, of Newark, N.J.
— John Zack, of Bloomfield, N.J.
— Stephen Zampieri, of Arvada, Colo.

Editors Note: As a Huntington Beach Based News Agency we must root for Tiffany Gil and we wonder if this is a Professional Lawn Mower Racing Association Sanctioned event. Sadly we don’t see our favorite driver Doug Williams.

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