Mighty Mites

Radio-controlled trucks and tractors showcase small wonders.

| January 2021

If one gas engine is good, two are better. Photo by Glenn Thompson

The origin of the tractor pull predates the tractor. During the horse-farming era, farmers matched teams of horses against each other. A team would attempt to pull a heavy load a given distance or the horses would pull a sled for a certain distance while additional weights were added as the sled moved along. The weights sometimes consisted of rocks; other times, people stepped onto the sled.

Aim for the stars. Photo by Glenn Thompson

Tractor pulls date to the early 20th century. Organized pulls were recorded as early as 1929 in Vaughnsville, Missouri, and Bowling Green, Ohio. Pulls became popular across the country during the 1950s and ’60s. The National Tractor Pullers Assn. was organized in 1969. Today, many state and local organizations sponsor tractor pulls.

As late as the 1970s, pulls involved two classes of tractors: stock and modified. Stock tractors were those placed in competition as issued from the factory, while modified tractors usually had different and larger engines mounted on them. Since then, many types of modifications have been approved.

Wheelie bars are there for a reason. Photo by Glenn Thompson

12/30/2020 7:32:25 AM

I was a puller with the National Micro-Mini Tractor Pullers in the late 70's early 80's. We pulled stock super stock and modified class's using Ertil toys as the base. The tractors were controlled by a guide. We pulled on a 2' x 16' plywood track. The stock tractors used .049 Cox engines routed through a gearbox. The tires were turned down Ertil


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