This tractor pulling contest is the maddest thing you'll see today
We most closely associate the word “motorsport” with juggernauts such as Formula 1, or Le Mans. Amazingly however, its definition somehow stretches to the carnage you will witness in this blog...
The sport is known as tractor pulling. While that title is enough to inspire images of Worzel Gummidge ambling along on something suitably ancient, the reality of the sport is about as far away from the traditional tractor as you can possibly get.
The aim of the game is simple: each “tractor” must pull a sled down a 330 foot track, and the winner is whoever pulls the sled the furthest. The sled itself is equipped with additional weight, and as the tractor pulls it down the track, gearing on the sled transfers the weight further forward. At the front of the sled is a wide metal pan that drags along the soft soil ground. As the weight is transferred forward, this pan digs further and further into the earth, making it harder to pull. Should a tractor pull the sled all the way to the end of the track, more weight is added to the sled, and it must run again.
Much like many forms of “motorsport”, tractor pulling is divided up into categories of varying ferocity. The top tier - known as 4.5 tonne modified class - is for machines that produce a minimum of (get ready for it) 10,000 horsepower!! Please excuse me while I go and invent the appropriate words.
In order to produce at least 10 Veyron’s worth of power, tractors either use multiple jet turbines, or a menagerie of insanely powerful internal combustion engines. Having watched many examples before writing this blog, I’ve seen tractors use everything from 5 supercharged V8s, to 3 quad-turbo V24s! It really is as nutty as it gets.
More often than not, dragging the sled along the field with a multi-engined monster will result in an explosion - which you get the impression the crowd enjoys more than the event itself. All in all however, it is a fabulously entertaining spectacle - which you can see for yourself in the below video. Feel free to let me know in the comments if you enjoyed it or not.
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