Are we running, will it still be on, is it too wet, will the rain blow away?
With social media in frenzy and doing a great job of keeping spectators informed, the Finley Tractor Pull Committee worked tirelessly to prepare a splendid track under trying conditions. From burning hot at Rokewood to humid and wet at Finley, pullers have had a tough couple of weeks.
Patience was the order of the day and it payed off. Brendon Cornfoot had the Berrigan Shire Council grader working to its capacity and was well supported by Gordon Yelland in his excavator. The “ A Team” provided a great track that had its shine on.
Lined up as the test puller in the mini modified class, Loronda Binks had the shift light on at the 2 metre mark, unfortunately fuel problems hampered the husband and wife team all day. Little Willy, Rough Justice and Buckenhell proved strong and reliable and finished the day with podium places, Ray and Jack taking out the NSW Championships in true Chrysler style.
Supers had a ball with the usual suspects of Chris Harry, Team AgraV8 and Aftershock hooking up and showing the clear difference between a super and mini modified. This class is on the move with another super being built in the Goulbourn Valley area using the modern rules to its advantage.
The big tractors swapped to the mini track for this year and it made little difference to the pulling. Riverina Screamer flew down the 100m track on the back wheels under full boost from the big turbos. Brendon and Norm Cornfoot entered in the open class for Finley with their magnificent Pro Stock American imports and proved that fast pulling gets the crowd excited. All three competitors had the crowd on their feet especially Norm with his full pulls in Wolverine Deere Two.
Listening to the crowd comments when the open minis came out was fantastic. These guys lifted the spectator’s spirits instantly. Local tractor Reloaded was on the money with Raleigh Yelland finding the limiter, Garry was again hell bent on revving the 427 to its limit and Blown Income was well………….the usual impressive Blown Income. Tommy West was noticed passing the hat around so he could treat the Toy to a lick of colour lest he re name it Greta Eta and Stone Cold was at its ear drum splitting best after a mechanical issue last meeting, welcome back Russell.
Limited Modifieds had a bit of trouble getting mobile at first but with a few sled changes they were flying down the track. Flat Stick, Shillberite and Full Throttle all pegging big wheelstands with big revs. Great to see Flat Stick back after a top end rebuild and a very hectic couple of weeks.
Good to see Chilli Town Thunder nailing some fast passes. This truck really hooks up on a shiny track. Woody was at his usual wheel standing best with the big block screaming for mercy all the way. Bring back the “Win a ride with Woody” competition was the consensus of the crowd!
Congratulations to the Finley Committee for persevering against the conditions to provide us with a great pulling track and the spectators with some great vision. Check out some of the videos on Facebook ( Tractor Pulling in Australia) taken by Tractor Pulling Legend Kelvin Jobling, Brendon Geilen and other spectators.
Next round is at Clipsal in Adelaide. This event is the biggest exposure Tractor Pulling in Australia has ever had and we wish all the competitors the very best. Put on a good show so we can do it again next year.