Tennessee Valley Fair – Truck / Tractor Pull 2013
Words and Photography: Tyler Earith
For a couple of bucks at the gate, I had the opportunity to see and capture the power of what diesel and methanol burning, high horsepower, 2WD, six figure cost trucks and tractors could do. I found myself at the Tennessee Valley Fair September 6th and 7th in Knoxville, TN. The fair partnered with NTPA National Tractor Pullers Association to produce this tour stop for pullers. These trucks and tractors are custom built to pull “the sled” for pure competition. No, these sleds are not the kind you generally use in snow. With the amazing paint scheme proudly displayed, the tractor drives onto the 30 feet wide by 320 feet long flat dirt track. The tractor is then hooked up to “the sled” (about the length of a semi trailer) which has a movable block of weight running on a pulley system sitting atop the sled. As the tractor goes down the track it gets more difficult to tow as distances increase. Points are calculated based on how far the truck can pull it. The tractor continues to pull until so much stress is placed on the machine it can do nothing more than spin the tires. The goal/idea is to keep up the momentum from the very start and get on full power all while keeping the tractor as straight as possible. Everyone’s objective is to get to the very end of the track, also known as a full pull/320 feet. Here are some shots of the event.