American farmers have taken up a new -- and expensive -- hobby. Now, instead of?
American farmers have taken up a new -- and expensive -- hobby. Now, instead of ploughing with tractors, they're racing them. The "hot rods" of the fields, with their supercharged engines, cost as much as 8,000 dollars.
The engines themselves develop 2,000 horsepower, and can pull 25,000 lbs.
This contest was at Davenport in Iowa, where the winner, powered by a P-38 fighter plane engine, pulled the laden sled 287 feet, five inches. The five winners each received 300 dollars, a trophy and a case of bear.
SYNOPSIS: Once, a tractor was simply ...a tractor. Now, all that has changed. In the United States, ploughing is out; racing is in. Officially, it's known as "a tractor pull". And, officially, or unofficially, it's an expensive hobby. The more exotic machines cost around 8,000 dollars.
The "souped-up" engines receive loving care from their farmer-drivers. They're far too powerful for traditional work in the field.
A flame-out stopped this entry, with its P-51 fighter plane engine. It lost to this one, powered by a P-38 engine. The winning pull was 287 feet, five inches.
On the day, the five winners each received 300 dollars, a trophy ... and a case of beer.
So, in these days of price problems and petrol shortages, the farmers have found a new type of recreation, with its own expensive toys. And as for the toys, at least they're spared those mundane tasks of the field. For them, it's farmyard fame and fortune.