Bumper crowds lap up tractor show

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By Brendan Rees

Rev heads were in their glory, indulging in the horsepower and the smell of burning rubber at the weekend’s Tooradin Tractor Pull and Truck Show.

Held at Rutter Reserve on Saturday 19 January, the event was packed with thrilling activities including modified tractor pulling as well as vintage tractors and junior mower pulling.

Up to 6000 enthusiasts of all ages started pouring through the gates at 10am under blue skies.Attractions also included helicopter rides, vintage tractor pull, classic cars, hot rod show, amusement rides, live music, trade stalls and food outlets.

Tooradin Tractor Pull president Allyn Reeve said the event was very successful with the turn-out being the “best on record by far.”

“We had 100 trucks, 20 vintage tractors that gave demonstrations, and we had 36 modified tractors. Throughout the day we had the burnouts – I think we had six top of the range burnout cars,” he said.

“We had the flames throwers there up the side of the track. We had a jet-powered ute which drove up and down the track; fires up the jet engine and shoots the flame out the back.”

“It was a ripping day,” he added.

All proceeds from the not-for-profit event was organised by a committee of community-minded volunteers to raise much-needed funds for local clubs, schools and various charities.

Star News Photographer Rob Carew went along to capture some of the day’s excitement.

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