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Tractor pulling festival to go ahead at Scorton Showground this weekend 

Posted on - 9th May, 2024 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Garstang, Kid's stuff, Preston News, Sport, Things to Do in and around Preston, Transport, What's On in Preston, Wyre News
A range of tractors will be on display at the Showground.
A range of tractors will be on display at the Showground.

A tractor pulling event, organised by the Whittinghams will go ahead this weekend despite the family calling time on their popular steam fair.

Earlier this year, organisers Paul and Craig Whittigham, said Scorton Steam Fair had seen its final show. 

This weekend they will host the British Tractor Pulling Championship at Scorton Showground near Preston.

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Tractor pulling in the dark.
Tractor pulling in the dark.

Billed as the ‘World’s Most Powerful Motorsport’, tractor pulling involves antique or modified tractors pulling a weight down a 100m track.

Stars of the European Circuit will be in attendance as well as the ‘Hot Art’ Pulling team with a continental V12 1790 turbo-charged tractor and Herbie ‘The Mighty Radial Engine’ from the Netherlands, as well as a Ford Limited superstock: ‘Sonic’, from Switzerland.

Two top competitors from France’s pulling team will also take on the challenge.

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Last year's orange tractor pull.
Last year’s orange tractor pull.

Scorton Showground will have a big screen which will show the event live and also have a display of around 120 Custom Trucks, a fairground and Saturday night entertainment in the showground beer tent.

New this year is also an exclusive VIP marquee where visitors can get the best views of the action, as well as a drink, meal, VIP bar and car parking.

Daniel Whittingham, the organiser, said: “Since the huge success of our first event last year, we have invested further to improve the purpose-built pulling track, as well as general site facilities for the many campers we have visiting. 

“It’s proving a big draw for anyone who is interested in motorsport – because it’s all about powerful engines, unrivalled driving skills and drama.”

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The tractor pulling starts at 2pm on Saturday and 12pm on Sunday, with gates opening two hours before the competition starts.

Tickets can be bought at the gate for £17 for adults and £10 for children aged between 10 and 16, with younger children going free. There is free parking onsite.

More information can be found on the website

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