Tractor Pulling: Tearing It Up

Tractor Pulling: Tearing It Up

by Paul Hoblin
     
 

Did you know that tractor-pulling vehicles can have as many as six engines in one tractor? These engines come from vehicles such as jets, speedboats, and tanks! The tractors need as much power as they can get to drag huge amounts of weight down the track. In fact, tractor pulling is considered the world's most powerful motor sport.

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Overview

Did you know that tractor-pulling vehicles can have as many as six engines in one tractor? These engines come from vehicles such as jets, speedboats, and tanks! The tractors need as much power as they can get to drag huge amounts of weight down the track. In fact, tractor pulling is considered the world's most powerful motor sport.

Enter the Dirt and Destruction Sports Zone to learn about the history, mechanics, technology, and the famous drivers connected to tractor-pulling competitions. You'll learn:
• Who decided one engine just wasn't enough for his tractor.
• How a blind tractor puller can compete and win.
• Which rules have made tractor pulling safer.
• How you can try tractor pulling.

Are you into sports? Then get in the zone!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
This sport has a reasonably long history dating to the 1800s when racers used horses to see which team could pull the most weight. Large sleds were loaded with objects and people. This practice continued into the early days of motorized tractor pull contests, but eventually that became too dangerous for people to be riding on the sleds. The event became popular at state fairs, but the sport has changed considerably. The tractors have been modified so much that they no longer resemble those that farmers use. In the 1960s the National Tractor Pullers Association was formed and rules for tractor pulls were developed. Like monster trucks and other sports, the tractors have been divided into classes. The sleds have also undergone significant changes. There are excellent pictures showing the tractors and sleds. But for the sake of safety both the tractor and sled have kill switches. Another issue is the exhaust from diesel-powered tractors. For indoor events exhaust fans are used to suck up the noxious fumes. Today there are cross box tractors; these are vehicles that have several engines connected together to provide more power to pull the sled. Younger kids may enjoy looking at the mini tractors; these are modified garden tractors. The book closes with a few definitions, references to books and websites, and an index. It is part of the "Dirt and Destruction Sports Zone" series. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781467721233
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/01/2014
Series:
Dirt and Destruction Sports Zone
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
820L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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