1992 - Volume #16, Issue #1, Page #23[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
World's Fastest Tractor"I'd like to see tractor racing become a major international sport," says German farmer and businessman Edgar Sauerwein, who exhibited his Massey Ferguson 35 tractor at the DLG Show in Frankfurt. He was recently clocked at over 80 mph on the tractor.
What makes the tractor unusual is that the structure of it has not been modified. It has the original frame, axles and body. Only changes were to the engine, which is turbo-charged, and new transmission was installed.
"It now travels at speeds from 1 1/2 mph to 80 mph," says Sauerwein about the 30-year-old tractor, which he first bought for use around his own farm. "I can still use it for jobs around the farm."
Sauerwein went public with the tractor to look for farmers interested in setting up an organized tractor racing league. He doesn't want to build super modified dragsters out of tractors. They must have an unmodified structure but the engines can be souped up for speed. So far, he says he's had a lot of interest. He'd like to hear from farmers all over the world interested in the new sport. Sauerwein got interested in souped-up tractors through his business of selling turbo-chargers for farm engines.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Edgar Sauerwein, Obertorstrasse 13, D-6114 Grol3-Umstadt Germany (ph 060 784108).
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