The 38th running of the Australian Tractor Pull Championships held at Quambatook Easter Saturday. The great rain the previous week made for a green complex. The pulling got under way with the Vintage, followed by the modified events. The mini mod saw a spectacular run by Little Willey resulting the tractor ending up in the bank, resulting damage caused them to run off the pace for the next 2 events using a borrowed front wheel, but in the last event it was a different matter taking out that event.
Bonky's Banga was dominant in the other 2 events.
Super mini saw Aftershock take one and Flamin Furious win the other 2, there was some strong pulling in this class.
2WD truck saw Chilli-Town Thunder victorious in all 3 events.
Pro Stock Deere Express gave us some great pulling using his spare engine, like many there has been a lot of breakages this season, which has resulted with a number of tractors missing the championships. It was great to see some machine's we thought we might have missed the pull owing to some breakages at a pull 2 weeks earlier, great effort from their owners to get them back together. One who would have been very pleased he did was Richie the owner of Murray Muncha, he turned the tables on Riverina Screamer in all 3 events.
As usual we saw some great competition in the Limited modified event, but like we have seen in some other events there was one dominant machine, this being Shillberite with 3 wins..
The trophy events Red Steer, which is in memory of the first modified tractor built in Australia, We were able to see the old girl pull the vintage sled down the track, this lets everyone see where it began. The Event was taken out by Disorderly Conduct, this tractor is one of the imports from the US.
The John Parker Memorial event was set up in Honour of the Late John Parker who had done so much for the sport for more than 3 decades. We saw The Riverina Scareamer victorious.
2WD and 4WD farm tractor pull in their own events Chris Hick traveled from Kaniva to take out 2WD and our local Club member Owen Parker successful in the 4WD class
Junior mowers, the kids are as keen as any competitor, these are our pullers for the future, pays to get the pulling bug into them early.
Other attractions to entertain the crowd, range from Joy rides in a monster truck, Joy flights. Mini motor bike stunt show, adding to the enjoyment. The normal side show rides and country market as well.
This year the no BYO alcohol rule was implemented, but there was full bar facilities on sight. When I asked the local policeman for his thoughts he said he was very pleased with the crowd behavior.
Great to see some pullers from WA make the long trip over, hopefully next time bring their tractors.
The night became quite chilly by the finish time, Easter was at one of its latest times this year so this was expected. The presentations were held in the hall with some welcome eats to finish the day off.