|Cooley Tractor Challenge|
|In aid of
|Setting a new World Record|
|Date held on||? 2007|
|Country||Republic of Ireland|
|Next Event Date|
|First Event was held in (year)||2007|
|Last Event was held in (year)||2007|
|No. of years held||One off|
|One of a number of record attempts round the held World|
|Events Web Site|
The Cooley Tractor Challenge was held in Ireland in 2007 to break the World Record for the most vintage Tractors working at one time. Several versions of the record have been set around the world over the past few years. But the Irish set out to smash the record after several rather vague definitions had been used by others to break there earlier record. The use of modern tractors was not considered in the spirit of the original record attempts.
The principle organiser of the event was the late John Hanlon from near Dundalk, in the Irish Republic.
History of the Event
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The challenges started in 1999 with the Sandstone Estates in South Africa arranging the Great 100 event which achieved 109 Vintage tractors working and set a Guinness World Record.
This was followed by the Farm Machinery Club of Australia getting 298 working in 2001 at Yass.
The South Africans then organised a Great 400 to win back the record. The British started planing a Great 500 , but were beaten by the South Africans getting 7555 in April 2002.
John Hanlon organised a Great 800 in 2002 and then achieved 1883 Vintage tractors working to gain the World record back to Ireland. So the British attempted 2003 for 2003 but failed only achieving 771 at Hullavington.
The Australians claimed a new record later with 2000+ tractors but that included modern machinery which was not included in he original records criteria.
Other Tractor Challenges
- South Africa - Great 100 - first record
- The Great British Challenge at Hullavington, England in August 2003 to get 2003 tractors. Only achieved 771 tractors.
The tractors listed below have participated in the 2007 challenge, and have an article or are featured on the Tractor Wiki at other events.
|Entry Number||Reg No.||Make & Model||year||Serial no. (if known)||Photo||Misc Info|
|No. 88||BNJ 49B||County Super-4||1964||?|
|No. 432||ARB 207B||Fordson Super Dexta||1964||?|
|No. ?||reg||model||year||s/n||misc info|
References / sources
- Tractor & Machinery Magazine, vol 9, no 12, 2003 page 24-29 (Hullavington report)
- Tractor & Machinery Magazine, vol 10, no. 11, 2004 page 63-65 (Cooley Festival)
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