Pulling is a family orientated motor sport. There is a
friendly atmosphere between all the members and their
families. It is not uncommon for tractor pullers to
cannibalize their own tractors (when they break) to allow
another puller to compete. The sport is open to both women and
men, the only restriction being that competitors must at least
hold a current Learner Driver’s Permit. It sometimes comes
down to members of the same family competing for the trophies.
The tractors are divided into classes and comply with either ‘Limited’ or ‘Open’ rules. The classes are Open Modified, Super Modified, Limited Modified, Open Mini Modified, Super Mini Modified & Limited Mini Modified, Pro Stock (diesel) and Two Wheel Drive Trucks. The distinction between classes is determined by the overall maximum weight, engine modifications, fuels and physical size. (All tractors are 2 WD)
Not satisfied with the power and noise generated by big engines like a Chevrolet 454 and 560 cubic inch motors, which may produce in excess of 1000 horse power, tractors pullers have devised methods of coupling two or even three of these engines together. Others have gone for a more exotic flavor and sourced their power from Chieftain tanks, WW2 Fighter Aircraft and even Jet Aircraft.
Imagine, if you can, four Volkswagen Boxer engines lined up one behind the other, two screaming Mazda Rotary engines coupled together, a Jaguar V12, two Leyland P76 V8’s, Twin-Turbo V8 and even, at one stage, a Vampire Jet Engine.
The events are held on a 100 metre dirt track and the pit areas are opened during interval to allow the spectators to have a closer look at the tractors and to chat with the drivers and crews.