KEITH DIESEL & DIRT DERBY
Was it the bang of the canon on the centurion tank or the sound of ripping, tearing metal from the header demolition derby or the wisp of methanol from the jet boats or the roar of the modified tractors that got your attention? It didn’t matter as the day was full of action from dawn to dark, You go to Bathurst and its events are spread out over a week at Keith it is like speed dating motorsport style it has something for the whole family, a huge thanks to the hard working committee that got the job done.
The tractors started at 9am with the pro smokers with all tractors putting on a massive display of how diesel can make power. The full pulls were there for the taking and all went through once as the sled man tuned the sled to the best tractor pull track for the year. Major Kaboom had three wins in his class and the mighty fordson was sending coal to mars free of charge even the space station was in darkness. Wolverine Deere stole a couple firsts from Wicked Whitetail both tractors lapping up the track and wheelstanding most of the way down the track .Deere Express unfortunately did a head gasket in the first event so that finished its day( the old driver must have been applying too much boost.
The limited modified had a day of mixed fortune but that red tractor from SA took home the bacon with three wins (must have been practising all week.)Flatstick grabbed a couple seconds and a third and Full Throttle after surgery to its gearbox got a second and two thirds. Dear Diff though it was a grader in the first event with the bank getting in its way. Soul Revival certainly was getting the best out of his rev limiter most of the way down the track. Bring on the last event for the year and I heard that soul revival is going to tow the sled out of the park.
In the super modified Disorderly Conduct was the only competitor in its class due to breakdowns, this was just as well as the two 350,s weren’t running that sweet, maybe it was running petrol from the lawnmower.
The two wheel drive trucks gathered a lot of pace on the slick track and had the sled man adjusting the sled again. Bad attitude sounded great with a little bit of attention to the motor paying off, he only needed the front wheels to get him on and off the track. The final tug of war was won by Chilli Town Thunder with two wins and a second for the day. Bad Attitude two seconds and a black flag due to losing weights. IN the 2.7 tonne class Sudden Impact stole a first in a superb run leaving the rest in his dust. The Professor kept them all honest
The limited minis on the other track were flying down the track and generally going straight, it was the same deal as the slick track had the sled man making adjustments to stop them at the pointy end of the track. Tossa kept them honest with two firsts and a sixth and Movin On got a first in the pull off for the 900kg class .Set The Sled had a second and a third and the other tractors shared the points
The super minis class was well represented and a mixed bag of results, After two years in the shed it was good to see Wild Wombat back after repairs and modifications resulting from a incident with a smudger two years ago, he only tried to level one bank this year not two. Ten tractors competed for the day, dominant tractor Little Willy kept the pressure on with two firsts and a fourth, Flamin Furious got a first in the 890kg class but fuel problems held them back. Success Two managed a second and a third for their outing and maybe had motor issues we hear. The rest of the tractors were spread evenly throughout the score sheet. With the last event soon Jaws will need to do some diff repairs and have a good Easter Saturday to catch the dominant tractor Little Willy.
There were 5 tractors in the open minis the biggest field for the year they put on an awesome display of horsepower in action. The perfectly prepared track was allowing them to get good traction, I though once that stone cold was heading home without his trailer .Stampede was very consistent with three thirds in each weight class. Blown Income the SA tractor showed them how it is done with two firsts and a second. Stone cold had a great run in the 950kg class and pulled the sled two metres past blown income, the well earnt smile was hard to wipe from Russells face. Who Cares snuck in a second and couple fourths and Raptor had motor issues we all have trouble keeping one motor going let alone three.
The whole day was buzzing with ten thousand people attending the event, and those jet boats are very impressive, they had some awesome power and how they can turn at the speed they are going has to be seen to be believed. The date for next year’s event is the 24th march 2018 and I wonder if our local Federal Member of government Tony will be game to come back and compete in the header Demo Derby again?
The next event is on Easter Saturday at Quambatook