THE sights, sounds and smells of the exciting sport of tractor pulling will return to Lancashire over the August bank holiday with the Great Eccleston Tractor Pull.
Wyre is now one of the world’s tractor pulling strongholds, with many tractor pulling teams based in the area and and the largest tractor pulling club in the UK located here.
The sport of tractor pulling came to Britain from America more than 30 years ago and Great Eccleston Show committee were first to stage it.
The aim is to test the vehicles to the limit, pulling a sledge-like weight transfer block that gradually becomes heavier around a 100m track.
The North West Tractor Pullers Club (NWTPC) was formed in 1978 , as an affiliated club of the newly formed British Tractor Pullers Association (BTPA) following the first Tractor Pulling events in England and Europe in 1977.
The BTPA became a member of the European Tractor Pulling Committee (ETPC) which governs the sport in Europe, making rules and sanctioning European events.
Tractor pulling fans dub it ‘The World’s Most Powerful Motor Sport’ with some of the wild and wonderful machines taking part producing in excess of 9000 horsepower.
The area is now home to the largest tractor pulling club in the UK.
This weekend’s event will be the largest pull in Britain and will see vehicles comptete on a purpose-built track at Great Eccleston Showground.
Up for grabs will be the British Championship a European Invitational; and the North West Euro Challenge Cup. Saturday’s is a flood lit event from 5pm and Sunday’s action begins at 11am.
Tickets are on sale on the gate each day and cost:
Saturday: Adult £ 15, child £5, Family £ 33.
Sunday: Adult £ 13, child £ 5, Family £30
For further information go to www.nwtpc.co.uk