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Great Dorset Stream Fair 2006

At long last! Here are some photo's from the 2006 Great Dorset Steam Fair. No pulling on Wednesday due to the Scrapheap Challenge Roadshow and the rest of the Pulling (particularly Saturday evening) was effected by rain. Photographs by Timberman, Puff and Gazz. Many thanks to them...

Just a few of the faithful fans who came in their thousands to enjoy the Tractor Pulling. Despite the (sometimes) inclement weather (it rained quite a bit) they seemed to enjoy every minute of the spectacle. Shame about Saturday night's Pulling which had to be cancelled due to bad weather!

All the WayJames Slater from Broad Haven in Pembrokeshire driving 'All The Way' (Built in England, refined in Wales). Yes, I know you've all seen this Puller before, because it's part of this web site banner!

The power plant is a 5.9 litre straight-6 Ford 'D' series engine with a lot of water/methanol injection to keep it manifold and pistons cool.

Ken NeasomThe 'Italian Stallion' (Ken Neasom) proudly flying the White Rose of York (who said the Wars of the Roses are over?) driving his schizophrenic Leyland.

The tin work says it's a 272, but the back-end is a Marshall 702 and the engine is a straight-6 Leyland 1700 from a DAF truck, so no wonder it has an identity crisis. Ken hails from Leeds and is part of the strong Pickering contingent who made the long journey down from the North to enjoy the atmosphere of the GDSF.

Devils DogKevin Frampton with a very determined look on his face driving 'Devil's Dog' for the end of the track.

The 7½ litre Ford straight-6 originally came from 'She's a Perfect Ten' and this Puller made it's debut at Shillingstone earlier in the year. Kevin spent the spring and summer refining his machine and should be proud of the final outcome. 'Devil's Dog' pulls really well!

Noise Polution (Thunderbird 2)Spot the odd one out! 'Noise Pollution' (aka 'Thunderbird 2') piloted by James Yardley from Gloucestershire (part of the Complete Utilities Pulling Team) is the only petrol-powered Puller on the southern circuit.

The 460 cu.in. (7½ litre) Ford V8 is fed by a Holly 800 cfm 4-barrel carb, capable of gulping in 22,653 litres of air per minute! The original base-tractor is a Himac Ford 5000 from Wisbech in Cambridgeshire Another new Puller for 2006, it took James three months to build this beast.

Tom ProutA superb action-shot by 'Timberman' of the man himself Tom Prout from Dimmock in action with his Ford 5000. Tom runs the Tractor Pulling at Welland (always held on the last week-end in July). In addition to the 5000, Tom also owns the awesome'Hot Pot', powered by a 20-litre V12 Continental aero engine!

The 5000 is fitted with a 7½ litre straight-6 New Holland engine out of a TX Combine Harvester (a much favored way or getting hold of this power plant is to buy it out of a burned out Harvester). As with all the Pullers, the Bosch Fuel (injector) pump has been well opened up to push even more diesel into the cylinders.

Martin EadyMartin Eady from Llandovery in South Wales with his 6.2 litre straight-6 Ford 380T engined Fordson Major making the most of the fine weather. You can see from the clods of mud on the front of the sledge that the ground was still a bit damp.

For some strange reason Llandovery is a hot bed of Tractor Pulling with a large contingent of very friendly Welshmen making the trip down to Dorset each year. 'Dragon Power' on the track!

The FoxSpot the similarity (hint: look at the wheel weights bolted to the front of the tractor)! Bill Parker who lives just up the road from the GDSF at Tarrant Gunville with 'The Fox'. Despite hip problems Bill proved that he could still Pull with the best of them!

'The Fox' is powered by a straight-6 New Holland 8630 engine. Tractor Pulling is a bit of a family business for the Parkers. Bill son Alan ('Parkes') builds Pullers and his nephews Ned and Paul built the Landford sledge which was used at the GDSF.

The GopherYet another Fordson Major based Puller, but this time from Stratford-on-Avon in Warwickshire. Shaun McGinn ('Ginny') driving 'The Gopher', which mostly runs on Bio Diesel (when 'Ginny' remembers to fill the tank up).

The engine is a straight-6 Ford Thames from a Ransomes 360 Combine. It is still running with the original Simms injector pump and a rather nice little Holset turbocharger. The Puller was originally built by a man called Craig from Wales but 'Ginny' did a great job of finishing it off.

Tutti (Mean Machine)Another newcomer to the event (and someone who made a very long journey to get there) is young Thomas Wright with 'Tutti' (aka 'Mean Machine'). The 'W' Reg Leyland 272 is powered by a Perkins 540 V8 with a big Bosch injector pump.

The Puller is owned by father Edward Wright and he and Thomas come from Willington in County Durham. 'Tutti' was originally built by Martin Hodgson and can normally be seen at Pickering and Barnards Castle.

La FeminiNow we come to another new Puller and something of an oddity. An Italian Scania! For those who don't know, Scania is a Swedish Truck manufacturer who has been around since 1891 and have managed to make over 1,000,000 vehicles. The original 'donor' truck for this Puller was made in Italy and the Puller was built by Ricardo Angelino during 2006.

The first outing for 'La Femini' was at the GDSF. This Puller has been totally custom built and is all hydraulic; even the steering and throttle are fluid operated, which is no mean engineering feat!

La FeminiThe engine is either a 140 or 141 (a Scania expert did decide which one it was, but I can't remember) producing about 350-400 bhp, courtesy of a Bosch pump and Holset turbo. The back-end is standard Scania fitted with earth mover wheels and tyres (23.5 R 25).

The font axle is from a 5554 digger with a Manitou steering ram and Ford orbital unit. Hopefully 'La Femini' should have a nice coat of paint by the next time we see it. Well done to Ricardo for building such a unique Puller!

Midland Sherpa SparesNo GDSF Tractor Pulling would be complete without the awesome'Midland Sherpa Spares' Sherpa 400 body perched on top of an ERF tractor unit.

The 14-litre Cummins straight-6 provides Steve ('Weasel') Brown with more than enough power to virtually guarantee a full pull every time. The fuel system was modified by Garrett Commercials and produces a reputed 600-700 bhp!

Baldrick (David Jones)The fastest Forage Harvester in Wales! When this Nuffield isn't pulling the sledge it still works on Jones farm near Llandovery. 'Baldrick', otherwise known as David Jones built the Puller with a 5.7 litre Leyland straight-6, which he thinks was originally fitted to a Clydesdale truck.

'Baldrick', along with his brother Robert is another member of the very strong Llandovery contingent who make the long trip down to the GDSF every year.

McCormick W9James Bradley from North Yorkshire driving Andrew ('Woody') Woods McCormick W9. James and 'Woody' two more members of the Pickering contingent.

The original 48 hp 7-litre petrol engine has been replaced by a 6-litre (5995cc) straight-6 Cummins 6BTA (same power plant as the 'Mad Massey') and is fed by a Bosch pump.

Marshall MP6Another Pickering Puller! Tom Wall driving Kieran's Marshall MP6. OK, not actually an MP6 but Foden in disguise! The 12-litre straight-6 Perkins TX diesel produces enough power not only to pull the sledge but also haul logs, as visitors to the Heavy Haulage 'playpen' will have seen. So much so that the Bosch injector pump hasn't been 'opened up' yet.

Tom and Kieran come from Ampleforth in North Yorkshire where Kieran works with his brother in the family sawmill (hence the log haulage).

Big GirlThe first run out at the GDSF for Andy Stevens new Detroit V8-powered Puller. The as yet unnamed International-based tractor follows the V-engined theme we have seen with 'Mutsy' and 'Twicki'. Andy comes from Kilcott in Gloucestershire where he runs a precision engineering company.

I would like to say more about this beast, but unfortunately I lost the notes...

Owen MorganA Welsh Puller that doesn't come from Llandovery! Owen Morgan from Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire driving his Volvo F10 in disguise. I know the tin work says it is a John Deere 7810 but under the green beats the heart of a straight-6 Volvo.

Owen shares the driving duties with his brother John. Next time you see this Puller have a close look at the side just in front of the rear wheels and you'll see the original air tanks...

Black BettyJames ('Jimmer') Elton with 'Black Betty'... 13-litres (700 cu.in.) of Perkins V8 using the better part of ½ gallon of diesel on each run! No wonder it smokes so well.

'Jimmer' hails from Romsey in Hampshire and occasionally uses 'Black Betty' for stump pulling as part of his job as a Tree Surgeon. For all you occupation anoraks, 'Manny' of the 'Major Aggro' team is also a Tree Surgeon.

Fippeny FuryA green alien? No it's 'Stormin' Norman Young in typical good form, making sure he gets 'Fippenny Fury' to the end on the Pull in fine style. Originally known as 'Shropshire Lad' (I think 'Fippenny Fury' sounds much better), the Fordson Major based Puller is fitted with a straight-6 Ford Cargo engine with a 12mm Bosch pump and Garrett L10 turbo.

Just before every Pull you'll see Norman reaching down to turn on the water injection system, which helps to increase the air density in the inlet manifold and stops the pistons from melting.

Redline FrenzyCan someone please get a really good picture of 'Redline Frenzy' pulling?

Richard Sowerby from Bridgend in South Wales running flat out with Puller he shares with his brother John. The 6.2-litre straight-6 Cargo (with a ported and polished 360 head) is fed by an opened up Bosch P series pump, which is in turn fed by a Danfoss pump. Add to that a Garrett Intercooler and Aquamist water injection and you have something which really goes well, although it has been known to break the odd back axle or three...

Mad MasseySteve Knight driving Dave ('Gaffa') Spencer's 'Mad Massey', coaxing the two Cummins 6BTA 6-litre engines to the end of the track. These straight-6 engines are so compact it makes this tandem Puller a practical proposition.

Despite the diminutive size of the engines 'Mad Massey' still comes in at 17½ feet long, but thanks to the Class combine harvester front axle, the turning circle is not bad. Shame about all the Spicer gearboxes it has managed to eat in its short life!