TopGear drives giant lawn mower
For serious, manly grass cutting there’s only one option – the 18.5-tonne Claas Cougar 1400
Posted: 22 Oct 2010
A finely manicured lawn is the quintessence of Englishness, writes Matt Master. And never is a true Englishman happier than when whiling away a lazy Sunday behind his trusted mower, soothed by the rhythmic phut-phut of an ageing two-stroke and the sweet smell of freshly cut grass.
This is not, however, the way things are done in Germany. There, clearly, Sunday presents an invaluable opportunity to get many important jobs done around the home, only one of which is mowing the grass. And so the 18.5-tonne, 42-foot-wide Claas Cougar 1400 was born, a lawn mower with the sort of tolerance for time-wasting you see from an F1 pit crew during a tyre change. And, joy of joys, now the Cougar is here in the UK.