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Randy Brown places second at Calgary Stampede tractor pull

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Randy Brown of Fort Macleod drove his 1955 Minneapolis Moline GBD tractor to second place in the tractor pull competition at the Calgary Stampede.

HEATHER CAMERON – GAZETTE CONTRIBUTOR
Fort Macleod resident Randy Brown placed second in the Class 4 category at the vintage tractor pull competition during the 2015 Calgary Stampede.
The 18-year-old Brown drove his 1955 Minneapolis Moline GBD tractor a total of 260 feet and 4.2 inches.
Brown has competed in the sport on a variety of tractors for the past eight years and has often been successful in placing first.
Last year Brown piloted his 1955 Minneapolis Moline GBD Diesel tractor to the championship of his class at the Calgary Stampede Vintage Tractor Pull.
“Tractor pulling is something my grandfather (Garry Driver) was doing many years before I was even born and he always supported my tractor habits,” Brown said.
Brown had hoped that both he and his grandfather would be able to participate in the Stampede pull together this year.
Garry Driver, who had participated in the Stampede tractor pull many times before, died in March.
Brown explained the tractor pull competition is over two days and is a pull per day with the longest distance combined from both days taking the victory.
The Calgary Stampede’s tractor pull is limited to machines manufactured prior to 1960 and is divided into weight classes.
Each competitor hooks up to a weight sled and drags it as far as possible.
Participation in the Stampede tractor pull competition, Brown said, is done by invitation from a selection of tractor pullers all over Alberta.
Although Brown did not win, he said the Stampede acknowledges the efforts of each participant through a ribbon and recognition and the pullers are also given a nice gift and admission to the Stampede.
First place in the vintage tractor pull competition, according to the Stampede Web site, went to Jeremy Moore, who pulled a 1948 Case LA on a total of 269 feet and 11.64 inches.
“First place would be better, but I made a mistake in gear selection on the second day,” Brown said. “The other guy who won got lucky and beat me by a bit on the first day.”
Brown’s family is supportive and cheer his efforts no matter the result.
“My family is proud of my tractor pulling success,” Brown said. “They often are present to watch and support.”

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