Look Out, Brian's About

He's done it again! Club Member Brian Radam who runs the British Lawnmower Museum in Southport will be appearing on various BBC TV shows over the coming months (and on a TV channel in China).

According to the report in his local paper, Brian has recently been recording for three BBC programmes. One of these is a new "people show" which features members of the public with unusual talents (we assume it's something to do with mowers) and one is the new series from the team that made "The Boat The Guy Built" but this time recreating some more Victorian inventions. And finally, with his colleagues from the mower museum Brian will also be appearing on the Egg Heads quiz show.

Oh, and he's also recorded something for Chinese TV about the history of the mower. We wonder what they will make of it over there?

Over the years Brian has probably featured on more TV and radio shows talking about mowers than any other of our members. Looks like that's set to continue for some time to come...

The photo shows Brian on the left receiving the Club's Andrew Grout Trophy from Robbie Robinson some years ago.

Oxford To Italy In 30 Days

Ok, so this isn't exactly an old lawn mower story but we do like our stunts and this seems like a lot of fun. It also has echoes of those long-distance mower journeys that Ransomes organised in the 1950s that we've featured on the site before. This looks slightly more glamorous to us and the weather will probably be a bit warmer than October in Edinburgh. More at

Annual Rally Auction Results

The auction at the annual rally was a bit of a curate's egg this year. Some of the items attracted keen bidding while otherwise complete, decent and unusual mowers were struggling to get a maiden bid. The complete list of items sold is below. A couple of things to bear in mind. First, we add a small 5% commission to the hammer price which we donate to the museum (a similar amount is charged to the seller). Second, where an item is listed with £0 as the hammer price this means that it either did not reach its reserve or was unavailable for sale on the day.


Lot Number Item Hammer Price
1 12" Ransomes Patent Chain Automaton 30
2 Lloyds Autoscythe 0
3 12" Atco De Luxe, 1930s 15
4 18" Hayn Electric, 1950s/60s 25
5 Ransomes Certes Mk10 60
6 10" Presto Rollmo 0
7 Qualcast Panther 0
8 Webb Whippet c/w box 0
9 14" Atco Lightweight 10
10 24" Ransomes Matador, 1950s 20
11 14" Qualcast Commodore c/w box 20
12 Qualcast 16" 1938 sales brochure, colour, 20x8" 20
13 Shanks 1935 sales pocket booklet, 36pp, 3x5" 65
14 Royal Enfield sales brochure, shows 5 models, 12x16" 15
15 Ransomes 1966 sales brochure, shows 7 models, 23x8" 17
16 Webb Miniature, no box 0
17 Webb Miniature, less handles and box 0
18 Ransomes Certes Mk 8 60
19 Ransomes Conquest 5
20 Arundel Coulthard Presto Motor Mower 50
21 12" JP Super c/w box 20
22 Webb Whippet c/w box 25
23 24 Greens motor mower, 1950s, c/w box 5
24 Atco kick start, 1950s, c/w box restored and stored 3
25 Sidewheel hand mower 25
26 14" Ransomes Certes 20
27 14" Ransomes Astral 20
28 Ransomes hand mower (TBC) 5
29 14" Royal Enfield 35
30 Pair Ransomes Mk2 two stroke, sold as one lot, for restoration 75
31 Paair Tarpen Grassmaster electric trimmers, sold as one lot 5
32 Tarpen Generator, 1950s 30
33 20" Ransomes Mk2 Motor Mower for restoration, purchased as a kit of parts many years ago, still as purchased. Most Parts are with mower, The Vendor has a box of small parts with him . 20
34 10" Ransomes New Automaton, early restoration, some parts have been used as patterns for other projects so could do with a fresh restoration, nice easy project rare opportunity to purchase one of these mowers. 120
35 20" Royal Enfield motor mower with grass box and roller seat, missing part of engine cowling, recently purchased in romantic moment, will never restore this one so best someone else takes it on. 10
36 12" Shanks Caledonia, late 1890s, original condition,  stored many years after appearing in Shire Album, from the Late David Halford Collection and is shown on page 9 of his book Old Lawn Mowers, a Shire Album 60
37 Lloyds Pennsylvania Moto mower 1937 ex Late David Halford Collection as seen on page 29 of his book Old Lawn Mowers, a Shire Album. 0
38 12” Mitchell Motor Mower made in Nottingham an extremely rare 1934 machine. 55
39 12" Webb Witch, 1930s, c/w box 25
40 12" Flexa, 1930s, c/w box 15
41 12" Greens SM Junior, c1930s, c/w box 15
42 18" Atco Standard in very good original condition 10
43 Brit made sidewheel, late 1930s, good order c/w box 15
44 12" Royal Enfield motor mower, c1934, gear driven 25
45 17" JP Super Mk5 motor mower 15
46 12" Ransomes Ace Mk1,  c 1930s 35
47 12" Brit Ideal sidewheel, c1920s 35
48 12" Shanks Britisher, restored, c/w box, carriage plate and spanner ex Late David Halford Collection 50
49 12" Qualcast “E” c/w box, original condition, ex David Halford Collection 20
50 12" JP Super, c1920s 5
51 10" Ransomes Anglia, c1930s 35
52 12" Follows and Bates J2 mint original condition c/w box 10
53 Ransomes Ripper c1950s 5
54 15" Pennsylvania sidewheel, US built, c1890s, complete and working. 160


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