HAGERSTOWN-Thousands came to the Mason Dixon Dragway Saturday night for the gear-grinding, piston-popping, dirt-kicking, smoke-belching and eardrum-pounding action of pickups, tractors and semis pitting huge amounts of horsepower against a 30,000-pound sled designed to stop them in their tracks.
The parking lot where pickups and sport utility vehicles outnumbered cars by about 2-to-1 was packed for the event hosted by the Washington County Tractor Pullers Association, featuring six classes of tractors that never pulled a plow and semis that need a semi to haul them from pull to pull.
"We came to show up and run and beat everybody else," said Jim McKenzie of Hanover, Pa., who has been pulling for about 15 years. He was there to pit "Tank Tuff," powered by a 1,200-horsepower V-12 Continental engine lifted from a World War II Sherman tank, against other entries in his class.
His 22-year-old son, Jason, was going to be behind the wheel of "Never Satisfied," which boasted three Chevrolet V-8s with blowers producing 4,200-horsepower. It looks like a dragster on steroids.