1986 CORRIGIN TRACTOR PULL
The first tractor pull to be held in Western Australia was staged at the small wheatbelt town of Corrigin, The event was a huge success, orginisers expected a reasonable crowd, but as the day went on the spectator numbers blew out beyond belief. Many thousands were on hand to see this new sport to WA.
One of the main driving force's behind the event was the Grylls family from Corrigin, The strip was laid down next to the speedway track, A sled was phurchased from Leeton in New South Wales and the competition became an annual event through the late 1980's and the early 1990's.
The Quamby Quaker, a John Deere tractor fitted with a Chevrolet 454 super-charged engine was the main attraction, many locals throughout the wheat belt got involved and built up tractors just for the event.
The sport became so popular that events were held in many other towns including, Trayning, Albany, Bunbury, Geraldton, Carnarvon, Kalgoorlie, Beverley as well as Belvoir Park in the Upper Swan and an indoor event at the Burswood Dome.
1986 CORRIGIN TRACTOR PULL SLIDESHOW
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Brian Moyle recalls: I was blown away with the fact that the quamby quaker pulled the sled clean off the end of the strip, Corrigin locals believed they may have attracted about three thousand spectators, but in fact it was more like about ten thousand. Car parks soon filled and farming fences were cut to park the excess cars. It was a very hot day and all ice, drinks and take-aways from the pub soon ran out. The pub had enough beer on tap to get through. All in all a great event
CORRIGIN TRACTOR PULL SLIDESHOW
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CORRIGIN TRACTOR PULL LOCATIONS
The first event was held along the strip of land that runs from turns one and two of the speedway and stopped prior to the now golf club. Later on the strip would be moved to the centre of the speedway, before closing.