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Tractors to pull in the crowds

Tractors of a whole different kind will be pushed to the limit on Saturday at the annual Waaia Tractor Pull.

CATHY WALKER March 11, 2014 4:20am

Waaia Tractor pull competitors Cooper, Nathan, and Laronda Binks.


 

Some of the vehicles are just back from providing one of the attractions at the V8 Supercars at the Clipsall 500 in Adelaide, where 22 of 40 registered to compete in Australia took part.

Waaia’s twilight event gets the engines revving at 3pm, showcasing a large field of tractors from the local area and interstate.

Shepparton’s Nathan Binks said he developed an interest in the sport when a class he was teaching got involved in a Modified Mowers event.

He built his own four-wheeled beast, The General, which can pull up to two tonnes, and has competed at Tooradin and Finley as well as Waaia.

Now his wife Laronda also gets behind the wheel of The General in the class for up to 760kg while son Cooper, 10, has his own modified Briggs & Stratton mower to race.

Mr Binks said grassed banks, full catering facilities, a jumping castle, free train rides and radio-controlled boats to amuse the children during the day made for a great family outing at Waaia.

‘‘The Junior Modified Pulling Association will be under way as spectators arrive and during the tea break,’’ he said.

‘‘We’d love people to come and cheer on our juniors ripping it up with their high performance Modified Mowers.’’

Along with the The General there are some interesting names for the purpose-built ‘tractors’ such as Murray Muncher, which Mr Binks predicts will push the twin turbo, quad-cam, fuel injected Riverina Screamer — a three-time winner at the Clipsall meeting — all the way in the open class.

Fast pulling can also be assured by the Open Minis, with Blown Income with its TFX Hemi, Stampede’s blown 427 and Tommy’s ‘454 cube super-charged’ Toy.

Other names to watch out for include Stone Cold, the new big-name import sporting a blown 350 Chevrolet.

Pro Stockers such as Deere Express, Wolverine Deere Two, Wicked Whitetail and Major Kaboom will guarantee a good spectacle for the crowd by blacking out the sun and defying traditional diesel engine capabilities by hitting 6000rpm.

Access to the drivers and their machines is always a favourite and spectators can enter the pits during the tea break to meet drivers, take photos and maybe even get a free signed poster.

‘‘They’ll see multi-engine combinations, new technologies and how the owners have constructed their weapons using a combination of new ideas and proven techniques,’’ Mr Binks said.

The tractor pull is on Waaia-Bearii Rd at Waaia, 5km north of the township. Gates open at 2pm and full bar facilities are offered: no BYO or glass. Admission is $20, $10 for aged pensioners, $5 for under 18s and free for children under five years old.

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