The 2nd annual “Hedgehog Day”, Friday, February 1, will determine when lawn mower racing legend Mike “Hedge Hog” Miller begins his 20th consecutive STA-BIL Lawn & Garden Mower Racing Series season.
On Hedge Hog Day, at Miller’s home burrow in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, the veteran STA-BIL Lawn Mower Racing veteran will bring his souped up, 80-mph Factory Experimental HEET Gasline Antifreeze-sponsored racing mower out of its’ winter hibernation. If the Hedgehog does not become scared by his shadow, he will leave the warmth of his burrow and his lawn mower racing season will begin April Fool’s Day, the 21st Birthday of the USLMRA. If the Hedgehog sees his shadow, he will return to his garage to make final preparations for his debut, which will take place during July, in the warmth of the summer sun.
At the Inaugural Hedge Hog Day in 2012, Miller did not see his shadow, and so made his debut on April Fool’s Day, piloting the “Hedge Hog,” a 1968 E.T. Rugg, with a 390cc Honda Power motor, that turns 45 horsepower, around his backyard in the early morning before the neighbors woke up and called the police.
The Hedge Hog will go zero to 50 in 5.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 80 mph. Miller was 8th in National Points in the 2012 USLMRA STA-BIL Lawn & Garden Mower Racing Series. Miller built The Hedgehog 16 years ago and has piloted his trusty ride to numerous STA-BIL Series victories and championships in his 20-year lawn mower racing career. Miller began his USLMRA career in 1993 and will mark his 20th consecutive year stomping sod and tearing up turf at races held across the country.
“While Americans in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania celebrate the emergence of America’s famous winter rodent on Ground Hog Day, we’ll brave the cold one day earlier, on Hedge Hog Day,” said Bruce Kaufman, “Mr. Mow It All”, USLMRA Founder & President. “And like Ground Hog Day, Hedge Hog Day is good fun and helps us await the arrival of spring.”
Also like the famous mowtivated mammal that emerges in February, Hedgehog has its own “elixir of life,” HEET Gas-Line Antifreeze & Water Remover that allows his engine to start right up and spring him to life in the cold winter months. Hedgehog fills up with HEET each winter to keep him mowing and going. HEET removes water from the fuel system to prevent gas-line freeze-up and harmful rust and corrosion. Miller also uses Iso-HEET Premium Fuel-line Antifreeze, Water Remover & Injector Cleaner. It absorbs five times more water than regular gas-line antifreeze, while it cleans fuel injectors and carburetors. It’s designed for use year-round in all 2-cycle and 4-cycle gasoline engines and diesel engines.