Garden Tractor Pulls
N.A.P.A STOCK MANUFACTURED GARDEN TRACTOR PULLS 2023
NIAGARA ANTIQUE POWER WOULD LIKE TO INVITE YOU TO OUR STOCK GARDEN TRACTOR PULLS AT OUR SHOW THIS YEAR.
STOCK MANUFACTURED GARDEN TRACTORS ONLY NO MODIFIED!
Please see rules section below.
A Little History
It is said that around the 1860s when farming machines were pulled by horse, farmers would boast about the strength of their horses. They would claim that their horse could tow large loads, such as a fully loaded hay cart or wagon. Farmers would challenge one another to contests to prove who had the strongest horse. A barn door was removed and laid flat on the ground, and the horse was then hitched to it; the farmer would then urge the horse to drag the barn door along the ground. One by one, people jumped on the door until the horse could no longer drag it; the horse pulling the most people the greatest distance was judged the strongest. This event, called horse pulling, is still carried out today with specially bred horses trained to have high strength and low stamina, rather than low strength and high stamina which is normally the case with racing horses. Instead of people, fixed weights on sleds are dragged as far as possible.
It wasn't until 1929 that motorized vehicles were put to use in these events although the sport was recognized then, it did not really become popular until the '50s and '60s. It was also realized, at that time, there were no uniform set of rules. The rules varied from state to state, county to county, and competitors never knew what standards to follow. This made the sport difficult for new entrants.
In 1969, representatives from eight states congregated to create a uniform book of rules to give the sport the much needed structure, and created the National Tractor Pullers Association (NTPA). The NTPA's early years were events that used standard farm vehicles, with the motto "Pull on Sunday, plow on Monday". Pulling remained basically the same through the '70s, with only stock and modified tractors. Stock tractors were commercially available tractors produced by manufacturers, and modified tractors were the basic tractor chassis with another non-tractor engine mounted on it.
*** The Garden Tractor Pulls will be for fun only. No prizes will be awarded ***
NIAGARA ANTIQUE POWER ASSOCIATION
LAWN AND GARDEN PULLS
GENERAL RULES & REGULATIONS FOR PULLING ON OUR TRACK
1. Must be stock tractor only with working governors up to 20hp.
2. No added weights.
3. Must wear official helmet - csa and dot approved.
4. Wheelie bars recommend but not mandatory if no wheelie bars wheels must not come off ground more than 2" or you will be shut down.
5. Operators under 12 must have a parent/guardian walk along side on clutch side to stop lawn mower.
6. Anyone under 12 years or under must be able to prove their ability to handle the lawnmower to an official before being allowed to compete.
7. All lawn and garden tractors must have operating brakes.
8. All tractor must have hood and fenders for safety.
9. Each pull starts with a tight chain and green flag.
10. Draw bars must be no more than 16" from the ground and must have a 3/8 shackle or clevis or accommodate 3/8 slip hook.
11. Exhaust must point up or down.
12. Drivers must stay on seat at all times and hands on steering wheel.
13. Drivers must exhibit ability to control the tractor at all times this to include during technical inspections, before pull, backing up to sled and after pulling.
14. Any questionable modifications or alterations will be reviewed by the rules committee to establish eligibility.
15. All drivers must register at least one hour before pull and all drivers must attend meeting before pulling failure to do so will disqualify you from pull.
16. Track officials have the right to change the rules in the event of safety reasons.
ALL RULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGES OR UPDATES FOR SAFETY REASONS.
BE SAFE AND HAVE FUN
For more information contact:
Andrew Eigner - 289-228-2583 or Roger Robert 905-892-8357
EVENINGS ONLY PLEASE
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