Holy Cow Tractor Pulling Team

History in Australia

Horse pulling did not start in 1860. Horse pulling competitions have been around pretty much since people began using horses to pull things. In other words, horse pulling would have been in Europe at least by 920 A.D. when the padded horse collar began to be used. Horse pulling did not involve people standing on a barn door. In fact, the entire notion of using a good barn door for something like this is nuts. Not to mention the fact that no barn door would actually stand up to the stress. Also, you couldn't very well have a genuine competition where people could shift their weight or fall off. The early horse pulling competitions in the U.S. could have started with logging. It's a natural evolution that if you use teams of horses to pull logs people would be curious about whose team could pull the biggest log. Another possibility however could have been work construction sites where stones may have been moved on reinforced sleds such as when the Erie Canal was built. A horse pull simply involved loading more and more weight onto a sled until either only a single team successfully pulls the sled or until all teams fail to pull the complete distance (in which case the team that pulled farthest wins). Tractor pulls differ sharply from horse pulls because tractors don't get tired. Hence it is necessary to have load that increases. This is in fact what happens as the carriage shifts from the rear wheels of the sled to the skid pad at the front of the sled. This description is very poor in the article since it gives the erroneous impression that the weight itself increases. It is silly to suggest that when the carriage is over the rear wheels that the weight is sled plus zero. The only thing that actually changes is the amount of drag as the load shifts from wheels to skid. Likewise, tractor pulls would have begun after the first common appearance of tractors during WWI and almost certainly involved tractor versus team of horses. There is little doubt that a team of Clydesdales or Belgians could have outpulled the early trac

ors. The first Australian Tractor Pull was held at the Elmore Field Days (Victoria) in 1976. The following year saw Tractor Pulling begin in the Victorian rural town of Quambatook. It has developed over the years into a highly competitive and technical sport, where the difference between first and last place may be as small as one or two metres. Often the top tractors are separated by mere centimetres. The Australian Tractor Pullers Association (ATPA) is a non-profit organisation that governs Tractor Pulling in Australia. Our events (Tractor Pulls) are held in conjunction with a promoter. This is often a local school, sporting, service or community club (for example; Apex, Rotary, Lions, Netball, Cricket, Football) who use the event as a fundraiser. Tractor Pulls are held in locations throughout Australia, predominantly in Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales. In the west the Western Australian Tractor Pullers Association (WATPA) runs events and is affiliated with the ATPA. The ATPA is focused on actively promoting this spectacular sport and working with communities to not only establish a unique annual event, but more importantly to assist communities financially through the influx of spectators, sponsors and promotion. The tractors are divided into classes and comply with either "Limited" or "Open" rules. The classes are Open Modified, Super Modified, Limited Modified, Open Mini Modified, Mini Modified, Pro Stock (diesel) and Two Wheel Drive Trucks. The distinction between classes is determined by the overall maximum weight, engine modifications, fuels and physical size. Competition is open to both women and men, the only restriction being that competitors must at least hold a current Learner Driverís Permit. It sometimes comes down to members of the same family competing for the trophies. The Junior Modified Pulling Association conducts an "introductory" class for 8- to 16-year-olds to develop driving, mechanical and competitive skills. The Modified Mowers pull their own smaller version of the big sled.

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