American farmers have taken up a new -- and expensive -- hobby. Now, instead of?
GV Tractor in field
GV, GV PAN Tractors racing at high speed
SV Hot-rod tractor up ramp
MV, CU ZOOM OUT TO SV Engines of tractors (2 shots)
GV Tractor on fire during race
MV PAN Tractor with P-38 engine wins
SV, GV One of the winners receive his trophy, crowd looks on (2 shots)
GV, SV PAN Tractors racing (2 shots)
COMMENTARY: Once the American farmer thought a tractor was just a labour-saving device. Then he got the idea of the tractor pull to see if his tractor was more powerful than his neighbour's. From there it was only a short-haul to the "hot-rod" tractor. This is a "hot-rod" tractor. With its supercharged racing car engine, it's too "souped-up" to work in the fields. Some of these engines develop 2000 horsepower and can pull 25,000 lbs. The more exotic tractors cost 8,000 dollars or more to build. A flame-out stopped this tractor, with its engine from a P-51 World War Two fighter plane. It lost out to this one, with an engine from a P-38. The P-38 pulled the sled 287 feet 5 inches. Each of the day's five winners received 300 dollars, a trophy and a case of bear. Today, farmers forgot about prices and petrol shortages. They had some expensive toys to play with. They made the most of them. Bob Jamieson, NBC News.)
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Background: American farmers have taken up a new -- and expensive -- hobby. Now, instead of ploughing with tractors, they're racing them. The "hot rods" of the fields, with their supercharged engines, cost as much as 8,000 dollars.
The engines themselves develop 2,000 horsepower, and can pull 25,000 lbs.
This contest was at Davenport in Iowa, where the winner, powered by a P-38 fighter plane engine, pulled the laden sled 287 feet, five inches. The five winners each received 300 dollars, a trophy and a case of bear.
SYNOPSIS: Once, a tractor was simply ...a tractor. Now, all that has changed. In the United States, ploughing is out; racing is in. Officially, it's known as "a tractor pull". And, officially, or unofficially, it's an expensive hobby. The more exotic machines cost around 8,000 dollars.
The "souped-up" engines receive loving care from their farmer-drivers. They're far too powerful for traditional work in the field.
A flame-out stopped this entry, with its P-51 fighter plane engine. It lost to this one, powered by a P-38 engine. The winning pull was 287 feet, five inches.
On the day, the five winners each received 300 dollars, a trophy ... and a case of beer.
So, in these days of price problems and petrol shortages, the farmers have found a new type of recreation, with its own expensive toys. And as for the toys, at least they're spared those mundane tasks of the field. For them, it's farmyard fame and fortune.