ROVING REPORTER - WAAIA 2020.
Waaia ‘Way – Eye’, meaning gathering place. In a sentence ‘All tractor pullers gather at Waaia’.
And that they did with good numbers, full spectator banks and an overflowing car park the gate was shut.
True to tradition the national anthem was played and the flag raised, tractors marshalled and engines warmed.
Limited MinI started the show with local tractor ‘The General’ test pulling. Setting the mini sled early gave the crowd plenty of action whilst the rest of the field tried their best to catch the ‘Duck’. Greg Abrehart parked Sudden Impact and relived the ‘MINI’ experience sending Little Willy down the track on the back wheels which got everyone talking! General first, Ruptured Duck second, Set the Sled third.
A notable mention for team Beats Work'n. Rachel Williams had her first drive at Waaia. A controlled run that resulted in a bit of a scare for some of the more experienced drivers. Rachel and another young lass with some sass will be competing in the near future so watch out men we have entered a new era.
Big tractors were out to impress with Shillberite taking the win in the first event by the narrowest of margins. A dedicated cheer squad for Lake Bolac Luke in Flat Stick couldn’t quite get him over Full Throttle. Stuart Larcombe second, Flat Stick third.
WOTEVA and Scrap Value duked it out in the big super class. A great battle that continues and will most likely be decided at the next event, WOTEVA coming out on top at this event by the narrowest of margins, however, Scrap Value gets the acoustic award for the most unique sounding tractor at the event.
2WD trucks did the business with all three regulars within millimetres of each other. Dirty Deeds was on song and sounding crisp, Sudden Impact impressive as always with its tough combo and Chilli Town Thunder laying it down boss style. Sudden Impact took the title with Chilli Town then Dirty Deeds nipping at his heels.
Then the Screamer came out. The crowd rose in unison, punters made sly bets and the bar went into lockdown. The old girl hooked up, took tension on the chain and started to build up boost. With Joe fighting the clutch the pit crew boss gave the signal. The run was over faster than 828 eating a lamb chop but still a very satisfying 10 seconds according to most blokes. Keep your eyes peeled for another outlandish beast in the near future. Apparently four yellow taxis went missing from outside Crown, last seen heading towards Berrigan. Must be a big demand for old yellow taxis in the country?
Super Minis were well represented and put on a fast show. Nightmare made its debut for the season and with its awesome chassis and paint job proved to be a head turner. Finishing with a 3rd place only beaten by seasoned campaigners Jaws and Flamin Furious.
Outlaw season was open for business and our apprentice reporter ‘828’ was calculating the odds. Would the numbers favour Stampede or would new lad Jarod in ‘Uproar’ be short priced. Veteran campaigner Jake Cornfoot in reloaded kept to the shadows waiting for the right time to pounce just watching the night unfold. Tommy's Toy was shortest due to his championship standing but those in the know backed Blown Income. A late scratching from the Carne's in Rough Justice had a few ripping up their tickets and chasing 828 for a refund, hopefully Rough Justice will be ready for the next event.
The tough season and the battle for supremacy took its toll on Tommy West with an unfortunate engine issue and crowd favourite Garry Johnson in Stampede fell victim to a failed roll pin. With no time to waste Reloaded gave it the berries and pushed as much boost into the big block as possible, not bad, good boost, second place. Uproar hooked to the sled. Thinking clearly, energised and determined after an epic motivational speech from our apprentice reporter, Jarod put on one of the best pulls of the night. Up, down, left, right off the gas, on the gas, hold it flat, check the mullet, wave to the crowd. That’s how Uproar rolls third place.
When you need to 'Get Stuff Done' you send the pro Stock out. Make it happen was the instruction and boy did they do that. Heavy air, thick smoke and pheeeeeeenomanol wheel speed got the crowd going. The battle of the brothers continues with Wicked Whitetail just holding out Wolverine Deere. Watch the crowd move up to the fence when these things are on the track, it was standing room only!!!! News on the street is that autographs are free, bring your own pen.
A sight to behold; Major Kaboom building boost, easing off the clutch and lifting the front wheels down the track. Again the fence was full with the odd tussle for prime viewing position. One attentive spectator remarking 'this weapon even has an esky strapped on to the side'. FYI this is for the ice that keeps the intercooler chilled. No special additives just bulk cooling for the mighty Major. Great driving by Peter who unfortunately fed her a bit too much boost and popped a pipe. No amount of tape or zip ties could fix it so he gave her the rest of the night off.
In conclusion a great event that was well supported by tractor pullers and spectators. Recent correspondence with the Waaia committee was that they are very happy with the event and have asked that the Roving Reporter publically acknowledge the efforts of the loyal executive and volunteers as well as the owners of the lands we pull upon, Ashley and Teresa Williams.
Stay tuned to our FB and web site for updates, as there are a number of new projects in the making. Hint What is a turbo Barra good for? Hopefully a mini modified. What are taxi engines good for? Not much but if you strap a few together?
Unfortunately the remainder of our events (Keith & Quamby) have been cancelled due to the COVID-19. So we'll see everyone next season. We'll give you further updates once we have them.
ROVING REPORTER & 828 SIGNING OFF FOR 2020.
This event will be remembered for many different things by many different people. For the Roving Reporter and 828 it will be remembered for the following:
• The Riverina Screamer returned triumphant
• Rough Justice debut its new combo
• Dirty Deeds is back with a new owner
• Reloaded hit the ground with a new owner and driver
• Rockabilly joined the Down Under MTPA circuit
• Kris Jackson returned to pilot Scrap value
• Tooradin looked after everyone exceptionally well
• The list goes on and on.
The Roving Reporter and his tubby little sidekick '828' were kept busy gathering information all day because everywhere we looked something good was happening. Mind you the roving reporter didn’t need to look far to find 828! He was found frequenting the Tooradin committee sausage tent a little too regularly!
To witness the return of the Screamer, the raucous acknowledgement from the crowd and the look of satisfaction on Joe’s face was special. This moment has been cemented in Tractor Pulling history and will remain in our folklore, no doubt getting more and more elaborate as the year’s progress. Tractor pulling faithful would already know but it was 15 years ago that the screamer turned up with the Motec system at Tooradin, it all came together on the weekend, that’s dedication.
‘Age is no barrier. It’s a limitation you put on your mind’ being a fitting quote for the Screamer operation.
Make sure you get to the remaining events to see the Screamer battle it out with Coyote.
The Carne crew in Rough Justice set a new record for building an engine taller than Micro Magic and boy did it sound tough. To build an engine of that quality in a short amount of time and get it to the track can only be described as superhuman. When sent to gather information regarding the transformation of Rough Justice 828 failed to deliver. Apparently go speak to the crew and get the gossip was misinterpreted for ‘go get another free sausage’.
Dirty Deeds made its first appearance with its new team and boy were they kept busy. The search for a Weetbix box to rectify a minor manifold leak on the big block Chev was successful, however asking the Team Principal of Shillberite to hook up the spark plug leads not so. Take the time to ask them why you would place your trust in a retired farmer who runs a Ford. Hmmmm, sabotage or just a simple misdemeanour, only Tony will know.
Tractor Pulling royalty was spotted in the pits and after agreeing to an official interview revealed their intentions. Reloaded was back on the circuit aptly overseen by its previous owner and driver. First day at the track since Gordy and Raleigh Yelland retired and Jake gets wait nervously till the next event at Finley. With two seasoned campaigners providing the insight on how to manage Reloaded we are sure it will be an experience worth waiting for.
Many of you will know of Rockabilly, previously powered by one of those suspicious Chrysler's made its Down Under debut powered by a much more ‘scrutineering friendly’ SB Chev and Turbo 400 transmission. This is a very competitive tractor and one that should be watched in the coming events. Welcome to the Limited Mini class Mick and Amanda.
Speaking of suspicious SB Chryslers rumour has it there is another one being removed and replaced with an awesome LS. More to come when 828 completes his covert reconnaissance.
Many of you would be aware of the substitution rule. Scrap Value employed this option and engaged the services of previous driver ‘Big Hoss’ Kris Jackson for the Tooradin event. Although many may not have recognised him due to his rip chiselled and rock hard physique you would have known as soon as he hit the throttle. All three engines firing strongly and the throttle pushed all the way forward gave the crowd some serious entertainment. Massive wheel stands, some of them done in anger, some accidently, sent a firm message to regular driver Clint that his ride is now owned by Kris. ‘Cowboy up’ Clint.
All in all the day had its challenges but most importantly the surrounding area got the respite it needed. Rain did not make track preparation easy but in typical fashion the best was made from a bad situation. These guys know how to make dirt work!!!!
As usual the Modified mowers put on a great show. Callum Wickem dominated all day with the help from Master Tractor Puller Lyle. Rai Reeve had obviously worked hard preparing his mower because the shine was full on. The boys had 6 competitive runs for the day and enjoyed pulling the new Down Under MTPA sled. This class has comprehensively furthered the sport of tractor pulling with at least 8 of the current main game drivers starting in a mower.
Please contact Kevin Carne if you would like to get involved. The mowers will be ready to rumble at Finley and Waaia so get busy in the shed and spec one up.
Thanks to the Tooradin committee for their exceptional hospitality. This is why we love coming to Tooradin.
Finley Tractor Pull is on the 22nd of February so jump on their socials to keep up to date.
Great times ahead.
Hammer Down – Roving reporter and 828.
Well what a start to the Down Under MTPA season, Barmedman sure know how to put on a show and again they did not disappoint. Those arriving on the Friday afternoon were greeted with the usual hospitality from Barmedman Golf Resort directors Brendan and Mandy Wells. Again on offer was a quick round of 9, a dip in the heated pool and a roast meal before the event.
Starting the day off in spectacular fashion was the burnout competition with competitors showing the crowd what limiter bashing is all about. Local lad Drew with his big block and crowd favourite Blake in the cruiser providing a great addition to the Barmedman Modified Tractor Pull. Bring more of them next year was the vocal chant from the crowd!!!
Down Under action on the track started with the Cornfoot brothers Norm and Brendan delivering consistent fast runs under full power. Rumour has it our sled operator Lord Flavell had to consult his ‘little black book’ to find the secret setting that would pull them up. A great demonstration of diesel, boost and grippy Barmedman track conditions.
What’s better than a Landcruiser with a big block? Watching Greg Abrehart drive Sudden Impact from inside the cab. Maybe a bit rusty was the suggestion from his son Jack but on good authority, I was informed that the wild in cab footage was all done to ‘put on a show’ for the loyal Barmedman spectators. Check it out on our socials as well. The return of Dear Diff to the Limited Modified Class provided added competition and proved to be a crowd favourite. It’s always close pulling in this class with every little advantage being an asset. Weight changes, tyre pressures and tactics are becoming hot property in this class.
Another notable inclusion for the event was the newest Outlaw Mini ‘UPROAR’ driven by Jared Cole. Let me tell you this young man will be a real threat in the coming months, he’s not afraid to give it a rev either. Keep your eye on Jared as this build has been guided by master tuner and crowd favourite Gary Johnson of Stampede. Westy's new rebuilt engine in Tommy's Toy came out in front, with Blown Income II second & Stone Cold close behind in 3rd
We also welcomed Dale, Laurinda & Hunter Wells to the Down Under Modified Tractor Pulling Association this season. Dale has returned to tractor pulling with his absolutely off tap Super Mini ‘JAWS’. Pre-event discussions revolved around Dale being a little nervous but by the sound of the 400 cube tunnel rammed twin carbied brute singing at 7,500 rpm, any hesitations about the grippy and dustless track were averted. True to style it was hold it flat at all costs for JAWS. This class is one to watch with an increasing number of Super Minis on board for the Down Under MTPA season.
In the Mini Modified department a couple of changes were noticed with Mid Life Crisis, Ruptured Duck III and the Barmed Blitza (see below for special report on the Blitza). Kevin and his Mid-Life Crisis team had a manic preparation period leading right up to the event. The magnificent fresh paint and fresh shiny stuff resulting in a very well presented tractor. Well done, already a contender for best presented no doubt!
Regular Ruptured Duck III pilot Adam Stevens having prior commitments was not going to stop them putting on a show for Barmedman. Replacing him was always going to be hard but substitute driver Jason Pumpa went alright. Specific instructions from Team Principal Graham Stevens must have been followed as the Duck comprehensively blew them away all day. An overall win and a first place trophy for Jason’s pool room. A great result for the Queensland team.
As mentioned on our socials we have an inclusion to our event reports. A special friend within Down Under MTPA code named ‘828’ has been tasked with a fact finding challenge for each event. His input for this report has proved controversial to say the least.
Questions were asked, allegations made and robust discussions conducted regarding the obvious power gains from the Barmed Blitza. The curious posse of concerned competitors (and 828) are still none the wiser on what mods have been performed during the off season! Playing a straight bat to a number of challenging questions from the Beats Work'n driveline and servicing manager rendered their attempts fruitless didn’t they Harry! Whatever has been done, it has been done well, powering Harry and the new tough as Barmed Blitza to a second place for the day on their home track.
The post event de brief soon turned from who broke what and who needs to fix this to the next event on the Down Under MTPA calendar. Tooradin is always a highly professional event with a huge amount of attractions to be seen. Truck show, burnouts, tractor pull, amusements and stalls to name a few. Keep your eye on Matt and Charlie in Disorderly Conduct, Ray, Jack and Abbey in little Willey (hopefully no black flag disqualifications for Abbey this time), Greg Abrehart in Sudden Impact and Graham Gray in Dear Diff will all be looking to put on a great show at their home track. Check our socials for more info and updates as they occur.
A massive Thank You to Brett Harris and his team of champions for the modifications to the mini sled (renamed ‘DIRT DYNO’), well done men. This paves the way for our new mini sled operator Deshaun Crewin-Smith to ply his skills at providing fast and spectacular pulling. See you at Tooradin,
Down Under MTPA have been asked to display some tractors atthe Deniliquin Truck show this year. This is short notice, so presently the executive have undertaken the responsibility to attend on behalf of the association this year. The date being the 26th October 2019. If any member is very
keen to attend please contact Brendan or Judy.
Welcome to our new sponsor Central Header Parts from Ballarat. Dean and the team have come on board for the remainder of the season.
Dean was so excited to be our new sponsor that he drove from Ballarat to Barmedman on Friday with his collection of Tear drop banners to attach
to the big sled & big tractor rollcages.
Long time Tractor Puller Peter Mann from Bendigo has imported his first tractor from Canada during the off-season. This will be Peter's fifth tractor he has campaigned since he and his family began Tractor Pulling in the early 80's. Those familiar with Tractor Pulling will know the families first tractor - Supamann II, then Jet turbine powered Black Velvet, ex WA tractor Pure Insanity, the Steve Schmidt powered import - 2WD Truck Bad Attitude and now 'COYOTE'. With 4 x 572ci Blown - Rodeck powered, Tim Engler built chassis that has competed in Canada and also made appearances at the National Tractor Pulling Championship at Bowling Green. Peter spent time with the Robinson's in Canada, using that time getting used to the Monster, Peter enjoyed his time in the seat taking out a win in his first event.
To see more footage of Coyote in action at Bowling Green go to: COYOTE in action
After Ruptured Duck was a right-off on the way home from Barmedman last year. The Stevens boys are back with HITMAN for this season at their new home track at Biddeston next weekend. Just a few little things to go and its ready.