Tractors set for pull event

Robbie 'Gooserooter' Shefford makes a run in his Fordson Major Diesel during the tractor pull competition at last year's Mayfield A&P Show.

Wheels Week Plus winds up this weekend with a barrage of activities.

Among them the two day tractor pull event at Mayfield, run by the Canterbury Tractor Pull Club.

The event is on Saturday and Sunday, starting each day from 9am.

Organiser Robbie Shefford said around 35 tractors had registered for the fun event with bragging rights on the line.

There were a mix of classic, modern and modified tractors scheduled in the line up, with at least six modifieds, a 1937 Lanz Bulldog, a 1948 Case as well as a very large Fent, he said.

It will “sort the operators from the seat warmers”.

It’s a new event which will see many drivers get plenty of runs over the two days.

It has been in the planning for many years; Robbie has built a sliding weight transfer sled.

It’s possibly the biggest one of its style in New Zealand, Robbie said. It had passed its paddock test runs.

It was hoped the event would lead to more tailored events in the near future.

It’s popular as a growing sport again and the plan is to have more specific modified weekend events, he said.

Tinwald School principal – and entertainer – Peter Livingstone is MC which will be fun and entertaining, Robbie said.

There will be food and beverage sellers on site, a raffle supporting mental health works and a range of stallholders selling their wares.

Panthers Rock are running a bar area with sound system, and on the grounds there will be rides specially for the kids, making it a fun family outing.

Entry costs spectators $10 per person, under 12s free. Access to the domain is from 15 Lismore-Mayfield Road. All welcome.