Fiona test drives antique mower on TV’s Roadshow

Fiona test drives antique mower on TV’s Roadshow

by Danielle Thompson (April 2021)

A CENTURY old grass cutter from Southport’s British Lawnmower Museum has made its TV debut – on the latest season of Antiques Roadshow!

TV presenter Fiona Bruce was shown on last Sunday’s episode, set in Bodnant Gardens in North Wales, sat at the controls of the machine - a rare 1921 ‘Atco Ride-On 24’ lawnmower, one of the first ever mass produced lawnmowers in the world.

Fiona’s test drive of the mower was short lived though, as the scene soon panned out to two assistants pulling her along!

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Fiona then explained to viewers that the lawnmower no longer drives!

Brian Radam, curator of the museum on Shakespeare Street said: “Over the last 100 years, beside Atco producing hundreds of thousands of lawnmowers, they made the carriage for the famous Bouncing bomb during WW11 and a unique car in 1939.

“Many car and motorbike manufacturers made Lawnmowers including Rolls Royce, Royal Enfield, Vincent, Velocette, Sunbeam and Leyland Steam Company where the owner lived in Lathom Road, Southport, the company went on to be British Leyland.

The Southport museum also exhibits an Atco mower once belonging to Prince Charles, one of the exhibits from the ‘Lawnmowers of the Rich & Famous’ exhibition.”

l Antiques Roadshow can be seen on BBC iplayer

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