Blue skies and a gentle sea breeze greeted patrons and competitors alike just a little different from a day or so prior when some 20mm of rain fell in the area. There was standing room only in the truck show area with a big number of trucks and cars of all kinds on display. A number of carnival rides were set up for the kids and even the big kids were seen on some sharpening their sensors prior to competing in the tractor pull. Trade stalls were also there to meet the need of the crowd and the many different type of food stalls was great the only issue was what to get to eat. Half a dozen burn out cars were also shredding some tyres on the cement pad prior to the start of pulling.
A couple of new faces we about at this event , Mad Dog making the trip from Tasmania and Deere Express both being piloted by new owners. The usual competitors attended from Queensland, South Australia, And New South Wales and of course the home state of Victoria.
A few tractors throughout a range of classes who normally compete were out due to maintenance requirements and that Christmas break where shops close up and things get lost and forgotten about. (It’s not the same just watching is it Stuart!)Some of the tractors that were there had their own issues Moving On, Hopeful, Feral Fergie had misfire and fuel issues, Stampede had a engine block ventilation issue, Major Kaboom lived up to its name when a boost hose blew off giving half of the officials on the start line a moment
One of the biggest fields of pulling trucks were out competing this year at Tooradin and one of our youngest drivers who normally drives a mini Locky was Driving Dirty Deeds with Woody as Lockys Tractor was broken .
Not to forget our future drivers in training the kids were having a fair crack on their modified mowers having a couple of runs throughout the day, Yes we have kids to grandparents all out competing and all supporting one another.
Jaws literally blew me away at the tea break, it was with the leaf blower and he said that I got in the way when he was cleaning the dirt off of the tractor
As for the results were shared around for the day some of the stronger tractors were left wondering what was going on.
In the limited modified class Shillberite went back to south Aussie with three wins, flatstick managed a second and third and dear diff grabbed a second in the last event. Soul revival was taking home the thirds until electrical problems stopped him from competing.
In the super modified local tractor disorderly conduct grabbed three wins from scrap value, it was great to see Mel driving the tractor and securing a first place.
The open modified only entrant Plum Crazy put on an awesome display of pure horsepower from the three 540 chevs.
The two wheel drive trucks had 5 trucks in the class with chilli town thunder back on the track after motor rebuild , the truck managed two firsts and a second to bad attitude , it was an awesome dual with only centimetres between them. Local truck sudden impact with the new Cepek tyres grabbed a couple thirds and professor also a third, dirty deeds put on a great wheel standing display all day.
The pro stock had three tractors with deer express back on the track with Alan Arthur at the helm. Wicked whitetail snuck in three firsts and wolverine Deere two seconds and a third with Deere express getting a second in the last event. Major Kaboom competed in the B class group and put on a very smoky display of getting the most out of the motor even producing a carrot in the last event.
The limited minis placings were shared around by Ruptured duck, Mad Dog, Tossa for the first places. Mad dog, 2Tuff and ruptured Duck grabbed seconds in a close battle. Ruptured duck Set The sled and Tossa divided up the third places with all other tractor’s battling out the remaining placings.
In the super mini class madness showed them all how it’s done with two firsts and a fourth. Little Willey was very consistent all day with three seconds. Jaws kept them all in line with two thirds and the Marshall getting a well-earned third as well.
The open minis were kept honest by blown income getting three hard earned firsts and stone cold keeping him looking over his shoulder getting three seconds. Who cares managed two thirds and Stampede a third? Stampede day came to a very smoky end in the second event.
The next day out is at Finley on the 25th February for round 4 we will be competing for the NSW championship so let’s put on a great display for the local crowd. Heard a rumour that Riverina Screamer will be making an appearance on the day after a long refurbishment in Joes Shed, hopefully the work done will be finally displayed once the teething problems have been sorted out. It will be great to have the tractor back on the track. Seeya there