Tractor pulling a Fieldays crowd favourite
Modified tractors, the farming equivalent of boy racers and a must-see for petrol-heads, provided all the noise making, smoke generating and wheelie popping action spectators wanted at this year's Mystery Creek Fieldays.
Tractor Pull – the event billed as being for "big boys with their big toys" is one of the cornerstone competitions at Fieldays and is a highlight of the year for many of the entrants. Event co-ordinator Andrew Reymer said the competition was fierce amongst drivers competing in various categories.
"Tractor Pull has been going for around for 43 years and is always a crowd favourite," he said.
"We had 64 tractors entered in the standard and weight adjusted competition and 71 in the weight transfer competitors so there was plenty of action and some fierce competition. The boys certainly tried to outdo their rivals."
Heats were held all week with the finals on Saturday. Competitors competed in both the weight-adjusted and weight-transfer classes.
The weight transfer class is where the weight being pulled along gradually increases in drag by transferring from wheels to sledges to the point where it can be pulled no further.
The winner is the person who pulls the sledge the greatest distance.
The weight- adjusted tractor pull has competitors dragging sledges that are weighted according to horsepower, and the fastest over 100 metres wins.
"The weight adjusted competition was also a real spectacle this year, with many larger tractors simply struggling to pull the weight on the track, which had a larger clay composition," Reymer said.
Shaun Luxton celebrated his first win in the weight adjusted competition and is a long time entrant and great supporter of tractor pulling in NZ. Results were also close in the weight transfer competition with some classes only winning by less than a metre.
"It was great to see two of the class winners, Zac Walling and Chris Grant come through from the Central Tractor Pull club events held around the Waikato over the year, and points accumulating to automatic qualification to Fieldays finals.
Reymer said modified tractors had a strong showing with some new entrants keeping the crowds entertained at lunchtime.
Wally Sinton took out the under 4T class on the Ford and Brendon Reymer had a convincing win in the over 4T to take out the overall modified competition.
The Schools Tractor Pull proved to be so popular last year, it was held again. Schools had to decide how they would spend the $2000 prize money if they won and eight schools selected from their proposals to compete in heats. The two top schools went head-to-head in the finals on Saturday.
This was won by Te Awamutu Primary School who took home the cash prize.
The big screen to maximise the entertainment proved to be a big hit with the crowds who enjoyed seeing themselves on camera while they cheered on their favourite competitor.
Die-hard fans can check out more photos and join the conversation at the new Central Tractor pull Facebook page.
Winners are from three categories – Weight Adjusted, Weight Transfer and Modified Tractors
2017 Tractor pull results
Weight Adjusted Tractor Pull
1 Shaun Luxton
2 Robert Kay
3 Iain Lillington
Brent Garrett Memorial for Sportsmanship winner - James Marshall
Weight Transfer Tractor Pull
0-6 tonne Jordan Sinton
6-8 tonne Chris Grant
8-10 tonne Zach Walling
10-12 tonne Peter Robb
12-15 tonne Jakes Steyn
Overall winner of weight transfer – Jakes Steyn
First time entrant – Caleb Anderson
Pre-85 weight transfer
0-6 tonne Matt Avery
6-9 tonne Kevin Mounsey
Overall pre-85 winner – Matt Avery
Over 4 tonne Brendon Reymer
Under 4 tonne Wally Sinton
Overall modified winner – Brendon Reymer