I've been talking about it for years on New Jersey 101.5...and writing about it here at nj1015.com!

Such courteous neighbors! (Craig Allen photo).
Such courteous neighbors! (Craig Allen photo).
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My neighborhood tractor race is the social event of this Memorial Day weekend!

Even I need to fuel up, before racing! (Craig Allen photo archives).
Even I need to fuel up, before racing! (Craig Allen photo archives).
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We'll be partying all afternoon...then racing lawn tractors through the streets for about 5 minutes...and then partying into the night!

Race History. (Craig Allen photo).
Race History. (Craig Allen photo).
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Truly, it's the social event of the year...

Race time draws near! (Craig Allen photo).
Race time draws near! (Craig Allen photo).
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...in my neighborhood!

I was looking for pictures for another nj101.5 article, when I came across a treasure trove of race pictures (MORE) from over the years...that I have to share!

And, that includes a "snap" of my first year entry:

My first race year...the human powered "tractor." (Craig Allen photo archives).
My first race...the human powered "tractor." (Craig Allen photo archives).
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I didn't have a tractor, so I duct taped a lawn chair to the mower deck, and my Dad sat in the chair! I pushed him, the whole race...and I didn't come in last!

The next year, I had a tractor! (Craig Allen photo archives).
The next year, I had a tractor!  Note the "license plate." (Craig Allen photo archives).
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Then...there was the "MowerCycle..."

2011...and I won the race on this "tractor." (Craig Allen photo archives).
2011...and I'm feeling pretty good about this "tractor." (Craig Allen photo archives).
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Here's another look...on the "race course!" Notice the competition is nowhere to be seen!

This thing is...FAST! (Craig Allen photo archives).
This thing is...FAST! (Craig Allen photo archives).
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No kidding...I WON!

Trophy in hand. (Craig Allen photo).
Trophy in hand. (Craig Allen photo).
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More photo fun...

Readying the waterworks. (Craig Allen photo).
Readying the waterworks. (Craig Allen photo).
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...from over the years...

It's...fun for ALL ages! (Craig Allen photo).
MORE waterworks...proving that it's...fun for ALL ages! (Craig Allen photo).
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...of this annual event...

Barry wants to stay...dry-ish. (Craig Allen photo).
Barry wants to stay...dry-ish. (Craig Allen photo).
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Don't look back!

Even with family, a racer is a fair target! (Craig Allen photo archives).
Even with family, a racer is a fair target! (Craig Allen photo archives).
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So...neighbors...rev up your engines...

And...they're off! (Craig Allen photo archives).
And...they're off! (Craig Allen photo archives).
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...fill those super soakers...

No one is dry! (Craig Allen photo archives).
No one is dry! (Craig Allen photo archives).
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...and let the water balloons fly!

"Look, Ma! No hands!" (Craig Allen photo archives).
"Look, Ma! No hands!" (Craig Allen photo archives).
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Because it's race time!

Will FedEx Pat have a "sponsor" this year? (Craig Allen photo).
Will FedEx Pat have a "sponsor" this year? (Craig Allen photo).
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Almost.