Monday, August 22, 2011

Antique Tractor Pull

 OH OH!

What do you suppose this antique tractor was doing when the tire came off?

 Another old tractor in the competition

Like the modified tractor above, it was pulling a sledge with a heavy weight on it. Tractor pulling is a popular motorsport in farming areas across North America, Europe and Australia.  But if you live in a city or suburb you may never have seen or heard of it before.

 The flag is still green but the tractor is rearing like a horse

The winner owns the tractor that pulls a weight transfer sledge the farthest.  As the tractor moves down the 90-metre (300-foot) track, the weight on the sledge moves forward from the axle towards the front of the sledge making it harder to pull because in front of the wheels there's a pan that digs into the track.

 Tractor in first photo being helped off the track

Unfortunately for this poor driver, a wheel came off as his tractor reared.

Rolling the tire off the track


36 comments:

Andy said...

Lots of fun photo opportunities will be arriving as the fall fairs start up. You are off to a good star.

Jo said...

What fantastic action photos of a lovely family fun day, Thanks for sharing. Greetings, Jo, (East Africa)

see you there! said...

That's a sport I've never heard of.

Darla

Mark said...

Fun post, great action shots.

Sandra said...

my kind of photo phun. once upon a time, more than 50 years ago, I drove a tractor just like the red one.

Buttons said...

Wow there is nothing like a good tractor pull. I must admit we go to quite a few but I have never seen that before. B

Shammickite said...

Were you at Sutton Fair?

TexWisGirl said...

ha ha! we used to go to tractor pull events when i was a kid in wisconsin. :)

Tanya said...

tractor pulls are fun to watch. love the colors in the first photo with the red of the tractor and that guy in blue! great series of pics :)

kaye said...

how fun :)

Leif Hagen said...

what fun to see the tractor pulls! We'll have to get our 3 daughters out to see one somewhere!
Yellowstone and Montana vacation regards on our way homeward

Fotokarusellen said...

Love this post. Wonderful work.

don said...

Fine shots of this competition and this one owner's dilemma. Nice story-telling series.

Carver said...

What a fun post. I've heard of tractor pulls and think I even went to one as a child long ago.

ewok1993 said...

Looks like a fun time to spend outdoors. I am one of those who never of heard of this before.

ladyfi said...

Wow - never seen a tractor wheel off before.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

A great series of photos giving a real sense of what it was like to be there.

Francisca said...

A tractor that rears like a horse. What next...? LOL!

aka Penelope said...

I thought the second to last photo was of a flying tractor for a second until I saw the chain holding it up. Great to see such traditions being kept up!

RedPat said...

Quite the bizarre sport but probably a lot of fun to watch!

Jacob said...

Great post...we have big trucks smashing things, but no tractor pulls so far as know. Your photos are super!

Deanna said...

These images of tractor pull's brings back memories. We would go to the Sandwich Fair in Sandwich, IL and watch these, fun times. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Appreciate your kind words.

Halcyon said...

Learned something today! I had never heard of a tractor pull. Not sure that I'd go to one, but looks interesting. :)

Indrani said...

This is something new to me. Great pics.

Rose said...

OH-OH is right--you took the words right out of my mouth!

Lois Evensen said...

Big boys and their big toys. Yes, we've seen it many times.... It's fun and not as dangerous as some other events.

Ralph said...

I have seen tractor pulls actually in a suburban area. Loud as it was, it was extraordinarily cool to see a workhorse that's not a horse, but a beast of burden as well! Although the driver is perhaps a bit sheepish (a farm pun :) after losing his wheels...

Randy said...

These are great! Looks like a fun event.

lisaschaos said...

Oopsy. My son had this happen in his bronco - it wasn't good, lol.

SandyCarlson said...

Amazing, the physics that make tractors possible!

George said...

I've been to tractor pulls before, but I have never seen a wheel come off. Thanks for the great pictures and the explanation.

NatureFootstep said...

hihi, that´s cool. Looks like they manged anyway. :)

Gill - That British Woman said...

where was this at? Are you going to the Barrie Fair in Cookstown this weekend?

Gill

Elisa said...

Such a wonderful red tractor!
Have a nice day
Elisa, Argentina

Dimple said...

Wow, this encourages me! We just recently had 2 new tires put on our tractor. I've been meaning to do something with some of the photos I took...

Carletta said...

I haven't been to a tractor pull in about three years. Your photos make me sorry I missed this year's fair. ;(
Great shots!
I feel sorry for the guy who lost a wheel.

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