This is a fun video that shows, in rapid fire, why people like us love tractor pulling so damned much. There’s no delays here, there’s no crashes, hangups, or miscues. Nope, this is a video edited for rapid fire, shock and awe style entertainment featuring pulling tractors with LOADS of different engine combinations.
From the “typical” multiple blown hemi engine stuff to multiple turbines, diesels, turbocharged Allison V12 airplane engines, Rolls Royce airplane engines, and more, you are going to get a bath in horsepower here the likes of which you have not ever seen. A point that we bring up more often than we should probably is that the European scene has a lot more of the weirdo combinations being used that we see in American pulling. Perhaps it is about cost or perhaps it is about the rules package but the radial engines tractors (not shows here) and the diesel tank engine tractors (shown here) are something of a spectacle that one doesn’t really have the opportunity to take in on our shores. Why? Hopefully someone tells us in the comments.
If you love motorized competition and love it to the point of rooting for different engine styles and types, this video is perfection. The big tractors and 2WD trucks features here are all capable and some of them make frightening speed down the course with a load on their back.The place goes crazy with every full pull and this film once again proves that variety in motorsport is the spice of life.
Press play below to see a load of different pullers with different engine styles
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(Words and photos by Scott Liggett) – Back in April, we attended the Highway Creepers Car Club’s 6th Annual Rock N Rods Car and Bike Show. This is one of our favorite shows to attend each year because it is the first show of the season in Central Nebraska, and the club puts on a great show.
If you have ever lived in the middle of the US you would know that having an outdoor show in April means the weather is a gamble. You could have anything from a blizzard to scorching heat, and anything in between. This year, the weather Gods blessed the event with perfect sunny warm temps.
The Highway Creepers may look like a bunch of rough around the edges guys and gals, but they are really great people. They also know how to put together a fun event for the whole family. The result of their hard work was a record turn out this year with nearly 300 vehicles and thousands of spectators.
(Photos by Dave Nutting) – We often think about the drivers and the fans when temperatures at a drag race soar. That’s all well and good but the crew men and women who are working on molten hot engines in 100 degree heat really have it the worst. Not that it is ever pleasant to be showered with oil while servicing the lower end of an engine but when you are laying on boiling hot ground and having that same experience, things get even less fun.
New England Dragway was a furnace for Friday and Saturday before a weather front rolled through and cooled things off for Sunday eliminations. Dave Nutting was out there roaming the pits and manning the wall next to the track blasting action photos on those days so he got the same experience that 10s of thousands of fans got as well.
We dig these pit photos because they concentrate on parts, people, and the work that goes into running the most powerful racing vehicles on Earth. Heat, cold, whatever the conditions, these crews go at full bore and do so with precision.
Enjoy this trip around the pits in Epping.
Hit the images below to expand them and then scroll on to see ’em all –
(Words and photos by Doug Gregory) – This is the finale of our coverage from this event. If you get the chance come to this one in person and support a great cause. The weather is usually beautiful and the scenery makes for a great photo backdrop. It might be one of the easiest venues to find and get to with its proximity to the highway. Come a day early and you can check out more gearhead destinations that are very close by like Edgewater Dragway and the legendary site where Gravelrama has been held for nearly 50 years. Both are literally 10-15 minutes away.
It’s possible that no vehicle in this gallery is older than 2000 with the only possible exceptions being a C5 or two.
Badges such as SVT, SRT, ZL1, GS, and more could be found along with names like Shelby, Roush, Hellcat, and Scat pack. Clubs for Mustangs, Camaros, Corvettes and I think Chargers/Challengers attended with plenty parking in clusters. I am not sure if some of the Chargers/Challengers were traveling home from the Challengerfest that finished up the day before this show. The good part was no single marquee seemed to show up in greater numbers than their peers. I rarely attend model or make-specific events because deep down I really like most any vehicle so many different makes and models fits my taste.
Hope you liked the coverage. I didn’t get every car and some of the most-popular ones I tried to capture I never got an opportunity for a relatively clean shot. You all likely got a decent representation of what attended if you at least peeked at all the galleries. Visit the 2020 event and perhaps your ride will show up in here as well.
Smoked is the story of Randy Lanier, one of the most infamous, interesting, and astonishing figures in the 1980s racing scene. From sports cars to IMSA to the Indy 500, this guy came out of nowhere and was competing at the highest levels out of his own pocket and without a single sponsor. No one knew how he was making his money, his own team did not know where the funding came from to buy the cars, parts, haulers, and help to run their own operation. Lanier sure knew where it was coming from. He was the largest importer of marijuana in the USA at the time. The guy even missed a race because a massive shipment was coming in and he needed to oversee where it was going.
We got the sneak preview of this series last week and we chewed up the episodes that we were able to hear. The entire series was uploaded at once so you can binge-listen to simply knock them off one by one.
It is a story that will make you smile, cringe, shake your head, and think about loads of different stuff. There are times you want to love Lanier and there are plenty of others where you want to reach through your headphones and slap him.
There’s just something awesome about seeing a guy like Ben Collings take the stick to a 101-year old car and give it hell on the course at Goodwood. The machine in this case is a 140hp Mercedes Grand Prix that was about as cutting edge as the space shuttle was when it first came out. The engine is a 12.8L four banger that is hooked to a four speed manual transmission, sending the power to the rear axle via chain drive . It’s the type of machine that killed a lot of guys more than 100 years go. We’re not saying this car specifically, just the era of racing and the crude nature of these giant machines.
As we watch Collings wrangle this car up the course, we can’t help but wonder if it is easier to drive an old car in a modern era of if it was easier to drive this car when it was new. A weird thought but consider it. When the car was new, no one knew any better. This was cutting edge, it was fast as hell, and it represented the best that any company could make. The limits of driving competitively had not been touched or even considered yet. Effectively, back then people didn’t know what they didn’t know.
Fast forward to today. You have a guy who clearly understands what it is like to race a modern, competitive car and knows every one of the limitations that this old beast presents. Like EJ Potter once said, “Ignorance is a powerful took, sometimes surpassing knowledge.” The old guys were super ignorant and Ben Collings isn’t which makes his drive here all the more impressive. He knows this thing is a speedy old tractor and still drives it as hard as it will go!
Press play to see this 101 year old race car get run as hard and fast as it’ll go –
101 year-old Mercedes Grand Prix tackles hillclimb at Goodwood - YouTube
This weekend, one of the most interesting and fun races on the NHRA Mello Yello Tour will be contested at Bandimere Speedway outside of Denver, Colorado. The Mile High Nationals have been a staple on the tour since the 1979 season and was only off when the facility was being upgraded. The track is among the most scenic in the world and the racing environment is quite literally a mile outside of the comfort zone of teams being that the track’s elevation is over 5,000ft above sea level.
The fans are amazingly hardcore. I have been fortunate enough to be at this race for several seasons and it is packed from beginning to end with fans that know and appreciate every single class that they are looking at. Combine that with meticulous care and maintenance from the Bandimere family and you have a place that is an ideal spot for magic to happen.
That magic HAS happened multiple times over the years but because we like history we are going to jump back three decades to the 1986 running of the race. You need to watch eliminations in this one because there are big story lines. Glidden was only a handful of races past his horrible Atlanta wreck, Garlits was fresh off the insanity of the Englishtown blow over, and then there were guys like Eddie Hill.
Hill had been one of the most dominant boat drag racers in history and then made the switch to asphalt. It was not an easy road for Hill and it was at this 1986 race that he would turn his fortunes on their head. His bare white dragster was a fan favorite and you’ll see them erupt after the final round but certainly not for the reasons you are expecting.
This is a great watch and you’ll dig every inch of it!
Press play below to see some spectacular action from the 1986 Mile High Nationals –
1986 NHRA Mile High Nationals in Denver CO - YouTube
It is the thing that should not be. On it’s own, before he went off-the-rails insane with carbon-fiber everything, his 1982 Cutlass Hurst/Olds clone was pretty radical. Namely, it was because this beast is the only all-wheel-drive converted G-body on the planet, and because King felt it more than necessary to install a ProCharged LS mill under the hood to give the Hurst/Olds look the grunt that not even the 307ci V8 could back up. The video footage of this thing chained down while ripping the most ballistic AWD driveway burnout in existence is legendary. The car was breathtakingly unreal before any carbon fiber made it’s way onto the chassis. Now, it’s a light, all-wheel-drive G-body that straight up f**ks right off when the throttle is pinned to the floor. The 0-60 time on this Oldsmobile is enough to give supercar owners something to seriously ponder, and we’d pay good money to watch a 1982 Cutlass slap around a Lamborghini Gallardo any day of the week.
But here, there’s no Lamborghini. Just a few Hoonigans who have been in some pretty hot cars over the years who are about to learn all about what tons of torque blessed with the grip of a scared housecat can achieve. And about that “grip” situation: on every last launch run you are about to see, the Cutlass is laying a patch of rubber…it’s not so much gripping as it’s digging like hell while spinning. There’s still more force that can cause heads to slap back to a waiting Kirkey seat. There’s still more of what drops the jaws of every last person who gets into the seat.
All Wheel Drive 1000hp Cutlass!? Carbon Fiber G Body Launches HARD - YouTube
I first saw one late one night while I was doing some not-so-legal driving around the Tacoma dock areas. On the waterfront, seeing semi-tractors hauling containers around was nothing new. You learned to weave around them and the odd Greyhound bus without causing too much attention and the road was your own. But it wasn’t the regular Freightliners and Peterbilts that caught me off-guard…it was the one funky-looking little tractor hauling your average container trailer that made me pull over and just observe for a moment: the greenhouse for a single driver offset to the left, a stubby little thing, but more than capable of moving any of the trailers from the port around. I hadn’t seen a terminal tractor before that point. I was used to semi tractors thanks to my father’s over-the-road long haul career, but I had never seen anything so dedicated to one task, designed to be useful for one simple directive and nothing more. Frankly, I was impressed with it’s compactness and it’s outright robustness.
While companies like Autocar and Tico sell versions, the origin story goes back to the Ottawa Steel days and the first examples of a basic, two-wheel-drive shunt truck. From early development to becoming one of the biggest brands in the field with a product that filled a niche nobody really knew about until they saw their first truck, these yard mules are backbones in many freight operations around the world.