Tractor fire drama at UK tractor pulling championships in Brean
The UK Tractor Pulling Championships briefly came to a halt in
Brean on Saturday night when one of the vehicles burst into flames.
high-performance tractor caught alight after suffering an engine
failure. Fire extinguishers and water were used to quickly damp
down the vehicle and no-one was hurt.
of spectators have been watching this weekend's action at Brean
Leisure Park, which is being held there for the first time in
25 tractors and their drivers are taking part in the championships,
which continued on Sunday.
sport used to be popular in the South West during the 1980s and
is now enjoying a revival across the UK.
goal of tractor pulling is to find the strongest machine and the
best driver. This is done by getting a tractor to pull a weighted
sled along a 100meter clay track, the sled increases its resistance
the further you pull it. The driver who in the end pulls the sled
the furthest, is the winner," explained Mike Barsby, one
of the organisers, at Brean Leisure Park.