It is said that around the 1900's when farming machines were pulled
by horse, farmers would boast about the strength of their horses. Farmers
would challenge one another to contests to prove who had the strongest
horse. It wasn't until 1929 that motorized vehicles were put to use
in the first events at Bowling Green, Missouri and Vaughansville, Ohio.
Tractors remained single engine until two Ohio brothers introduced
the crossbox which could allow multiple engines to
be attached to a single driveshaft. Throughout the 70's and 80's the
modified division continued to thrill crowds by adding more engines,
and soon the tractors lost their tractor appearance and turned into
high spec dragsters.
- Today's tractors can achieve theoretical speeds
- Today's sleds use a complex system of gears to move
weights up to 65,000 pounds