MIDLAND ANTIQUE ENGINE ASSOCIATION DEAD WEIGHT PULLING RULES THIS WILL BE A DEAD WEIGHT DISTANCE PULL
All tractors shall have started production for that model at least 55 years ago
Appearance: Tractor must retain stock appearance. No aluminum wheels; cannot remove a front tire to make weight on narrow front tractors that did not have single front wheel available from factory; no removal of sheet metal other than side curtains/shields)
Weights can be of the bolt on or hang on type and may not extend more than 2 feet in front of the tractor for stock classes and 11 feet forward for all other classes. Rear weight bracket must be within the radius of the rear tires. Weights must be securely attached to the tractor. If a weight falls off during a hook that hook will not be counted.
Engine shall be a stock engine or stock replacement engine for that tractor series. RPM shall not exceed 20% over factory RPM. May not use forced induction on any tractor (GM 2 cycle blowers allowed)
Tires shall be agriculture type only: Turf and radial tires ARE allowed. No mechanical alterations allowed for stock classes (road wear is acceptable tires spun on pavement to sharpen are not) Improved classes tires lugs can be modified on the top of the lug only no alterations to the front of the lugs or casings between the lugs. Stock classes can run a rear tire size of no more than 1 size larger than originally available on that series of tractor. Improved classes are limited as follows 2500-4999# 14.9/15.5x38 (16.9 on 30” and smaller rim) 5000# and up may run up to a 18.4x38
Classes will be, 2500, 2750, 3000, 3500, 3750, 4000, 4500, 5000, 5500, 6000, 6500 and 7500 pounds. CLASS JUMPING IS ALLOWED UP TO 4 CLASSES..
Hitching point must not exceed 18” in all classes and must extend beyond radius of rear tires. Hitch and drawbar must be rigid in all directions. Hook must swing freely with a minimum of a 3 inch diameter hole of no more than a 1-1/4 inch thick material.
Wheelie Bars are strongly encouraged but not required
Scales are trackside and all tractors must cross the scales prior to starting the class If tractor leaves track side after initial weigh in for any reason the driver Must cross the scales again. Pullers are subject to re-weigh at any time failure to re-weigh when requested by a track official will result in disqualification for that class with no refund.
All decisions by the judges will be final. Pullers are expected to remain in line trackside and to be ready for their hook in rotation at all times.
Under aged drivers must demonstrate that they can operate the tractor in a safe manner without assistance. and have a parent or guardian signature if under 18 years of age. A track official will assess abilities in a open area and may be loud and abrupt to ensure the driver retains control. Under aged drivers must demonstrate that they can operate the tractor without assistance.
Drivers must remain seated on the seat. One hand must be on the steering wheel at all times when pulling except tractors equipped with hand brakes. Drivers must give an all clear signal by raising both hands when tractor is in neutral when hooking to the sled, then chain will be hooked. The driver will tighten the chain and wait for a signal to proceed. No bouncing in the seat or jerking the sled.
Sled will be spotted to the center of the track for each class. If ANYTHING falls off a tractor during any hook of the rotation, it is an automatic DISQUALIFICATION for that hook only. After the first hook of a rotation, if the sled is not pulled the distance, the driver may pull in either direction unless boat has reached a cone at end of the track. The following driver will pull boat in same direction as last drivers initial hook unless boat has reached the cone at end of track.
Any two persons may pull one tractor, but will receive only one prize for that tractor. Any one person may pull two tractors in a single class.
All tractors shall pull in either 1st or 2nd gear
All tractors will have two attempts to pull the sled per rotation. No driver will move on to the next rotation unless they achieve a full pull at the previous weight. The tractor that pulls the sled the greatest distance will be declared the winner. Note: if a driver cannot move the sled in the first rotation for a class they will be allowed a 3rd attempt for that rotation only. If the first 2 tractors of the first rotation fail to achieve a full pull, a block will be taken off the sled and the class will be started over.
After each rotation in a weight class, a 500 lb. block will be added (starting at 5000 lb. class a 1,000 lb. block will be added because of higher weight percentages). On the 4th rotation of a class we will add an additional 500 lb. block. Each class will start with at least 100% of the tractors weight.
NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES WILL BE CONSUMED BY ACTIVE PULLERS, IF CAUGHT THAT PERSON OR PERSONS WILL BE, DISQUALIFIED FOR THAT ENTIRE DAY WITH NO REFUNDS.
No puller that attends a MIDLAND ANTIQUE ENGINE ASSOCIATION pull, will be denied the opportunity to pull his or her tractor in a given weight class. If the tractor doesn’t meet the Rules of the MIDLAND ANTIQUE ENGINE ASSOCIATION, that tractor will be required to pull for EXHIBITION ONLY, assuming tractor meets all safety requirements. (no prize)
PRIZES Will be awarded based on the number of entries in the class 2 competing entires required for a prize
Pulling fee will be $10.00 per hook. If your tractor is ineligible to pull in any weight class, you may pull for exhibition for a $5 hook fee.
Fifty percent of the hook fees will go to MIDLAND ANTIQUE ENGINE ASSOCIATION.
For more info Contact Dusty Chevalier at 517-304-1684
PLEASE KEEP SAFETY FIRST IN MIND and have a great pulling season!
Revised March 2023
Dead weight distance pulls.
All tractors must have a started production for that model at least 55 years ago.
Weight classes: 2500 thru 7500 pounds
Hitch at 18” high and behind tire radius
Stock Classes allow 1 size over factory available tire for that series of tractor
Improved classes allow top cut tires and up to 14.9/15.5 X 38 for classes 2500 thru 4500 pounds (16.9 on 30" and smaller rim diameter) and 18.4 X 38 for 5000 thru 7500 pound class.
1st or 2nd gear only
In case of inclement weather call:
Dusty Chevalier 517-304-1684
Nathan Fulcher 989-513-0917