Muster up your tractors

Tasmanian Tractor Pulling and Vintage Tractor Association committee member John van Norden displays one of his six ‘Fergy’ tractors in this year’s Stanley Christmas Parade and invites the community along to a family-fun event in the new year. Picture: Ashleigh Force. 

Event. The biennial Tall Timbers Tractor Pull will be a trip down memory lane for some and a great day out for all.

As many farmers will remember there was no tractor better than a Ferguson and according to Tasmanian Tractor Pulling and Vintage Tractor Association committee member John van Norden, they are a defining character in Circular Head’s history.

“They were the backbone of the district,” he said. “Every farm had one and every kid learned to drive on one.”

The new year will see the family-friendly event return to Circular Head on the weekend of January 16/17.

Along with the tractor pull, the two-day event will also showcase a vintage car show and the ’Great Fergy Muster’. Organisers will be on the lookout for the oldest ‘Fergy’ in the district, as well as the most original and best presented tractors.

“We are hunting for the oldest Fergy dead or alive, for a static display or if they would like to compete, bring it on!” Mr van Norden said.

Having seen great success in the past, he welcomed young and old along to next year’s event.

Tractor pulling is a test of driver skill as they pull a weighted sledge along a 100-metre track; the winner is the driver able to pull their tractor and sledge the farthest in the set distance.

The sledge holds water which increases the weight being pulled over the course of the track, making it harder to complete. A large and small sledge will be available to cater for varying sized tractors.

The vintage car display is “open to anyone with a restored or collectible car”, and the pull open to anyone interested.

The event will run from 11am each day. For more information contact John van Norden on 0409 977 148.

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