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Honda Mean Mower Mk.2
Firstly, this is not another aftermarket creation from some backyard monkey wrencher. This is an official product from Honda and its goal is to recapture the crown as the world’s fastest ride-on lawnmower. Why? Because…why not.
The original Mean Mower from Honda held the record as the world’s fastest lawnmower with a 186km/h top speed from 2014-2015. A Norwegian tuning company then tinkered with it and stole the title with a 214km/h mower. The Mk.2 sees this record coming back to Honda with a brand new lawnmower which can hit 216km/h. The gardening aid achieves this feat thanks to an engine lifted from a CBR1000RR Fireblade motorcycle. That means the mower packs 192hp and can also cut grass at up to 160km/h.
Why? See the above.
Gordon & MacPhail 1956 Private Collection
The 60-year-old Gordon and MacPhail bottle is a special batch of single malt scotch whisky. Bottled on January 3rd in 1956, it’s believed to be one of the last casks laid down by John Urquhart, a first-generation family member behind the Gordon & MacPhail whisky label.
After Urquhart’s retirement his son took over the business and kept the cask under wraps until the fourth generation of the Urquhart family made the move to bottle it. The resulting whisky is one that features notes of blueberry, fruitcake and dark chocolate.
Want a bottle? You’ll need to put out large. Only 53 decanters of the liquid gold will be made available from Gordon & MacPhail’s South Street retail store in Elgin, Scotland.