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Repowered Tractors to ‘Pull’ in Festival Crowds

It’s the motorsport of the bush and its one-of-a-kind repowered tractors will draw a crowd as they rev it up at the Miles Back to the Bush Festival exhibition tractor pull. 

Bull Pipe Australia and Kerwick’s Earthworks have teamed to present an afternoon of tractor pulling action at the Festival’s Main Event, Saturday 8 September.

Most unique in the line-up is the John Deere 6030 adapted to take a GM16/71 Detroit diesel 700HP V16, a modification which is one of a kind.  Owner Allan Arthur of Bull Pipe Australia explains that this modifications has never been done before and it sounds great!  Similarly, the adaption of his Chamberlain Super 90 to take a GM 12/71 Detroit diesel 450HP V12 is also a first of its kind and certainly one to see!

“Both tractors had to be stretched one metre to fit the motors in, but they were both complete wrecks with blown-up motors, so we did not destroy a beautiful tractor in the process,” assures Mr Arthur.

For the uninitiated, the tractors’ objective is to pull the weighted sled the farthest – and with gears linked to the sled’s wheels it’s rigged to get heavier as it moves along!

Bringing a new dimension to the pull, organiser Dominic Kerwick explains…

“We’re pitting the older tractors against their latest models and we’ll have a 1988 Versatile 976 model versus the latest model with the rubber tracks.  That’s the same tractor 30 years apart!  It will also be a bit of fun to see if the power of the modified tractors can overcome the traction of a D6 Dozer.”

In the tractor line up will be modified vintage tractors repowered with V8’s: Fordson Super Major repowered by a 302 Cleveland V8 and a Massey Harris repowered by a 345 International v8!

See all the action of the exhibition tractor pull amidst the full line-up of Festival entertainment at the Miles Showgrounds, from 2pm Saturday 8thSeptember.  Also on the program at Saturday’s Main Event is country music with Mick Lindsay and Caitlyn Shadbolt, plus Camp Oven Cooking with Ranger Nick, Whip Cracking with Fire Show, a Beard Appreciation Event with Craft Beer Tastings, Tough Bugger Competition, Dog High Jumping, Cameby Coal Dig for the Kids and a whole stack more.

The Festival delivers Miles’ biggest ever Festival, already attracting ticket purchasers from Brisbane and along the Queensland coast for the 4-day Festival.

Tickets $30 adult (or $25 early-bird online), $60 family (or $50 early-bird online) with pre-purchased early-bird discount tickets at backtothebushfestival.com.au closing 30 August.

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