Tractors pull in the cars and crowds

A tractor begins to pull with the sled in tow at the Tall Timbers Tractor Pull on Saturday. Picture: Bodey Dittloff.

Competition. Perfect sunny conditions led to over a hundred onlookers and around 20 vintage cars filing in to the Tall Timbers Tractor Pull on Saturday.

Tasmanian Tractor Pulling and Vintage Tractor Association chairman John van Norden said the competition received growing interest, with competitors keen to put on a good show.

“Everything’s worked out really well, we’ve had a good day,” Mr Van Norden said.

“We’re very fortunate to have this track here in Smithton. It’s permanent, whereas others have to be made on the day.

“There’s a friendly rivalry within the club, everyone wants to win.”

He also pointed out that while most who attend the event for the first time get a bit of a “culture shock”, the process of the competition is fairly straight-forward.

Tractors make their way down the track pulling a trailer with a weighted sled attached, and as the tractor moves forwards, the load slowly moves to the front of the trailer, increasing the weight that the tractor has to pull. The farther the tractor can make it, the better the result.

While the day included tractor pulling by both adults and children, the extra addition of many classic cars this year was a welcome surprise for Mr Van Norden.

“I didn’t realise there were so many [cars] in the district!” he said.

“We also wanted to thank all of our sponsors – without them the event wouldn’t happen.”

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