McIntosh & Son pulls ahead to win title
Naming rights sponsor and Australian machinery dealer heavyweight McIntosh & Son flexed its muscle at Mingenew Midwest Expo, with a team of staff from its Geraldton and Moora branches taking out the coveted RedMac Tractor Pull.
In a show of strength, the team gained traction ahead of a handful of teams from across the Mid West, including teams from AFGRI Equipment and Dongara Primary School.
Teams were required to hold on to a thick rope and drag an old, orange McCormick Orchard tractor about 15m along the expo site’s Morawa Street.
Up for grabs was the chance to win $1000 for their chosen charity, with McIntosh & Son donating its win to St John Ambulance in Mingenew.
During the contest, RedMac sales consultant Tony Stone took to the driver’s seat to make sure all of the competitors were safe.
Armed with a radar gun, Mingenew Police Station officer in charge Neal Boonzaaier measured the official speed of tractor pull contestants.
After a competitive first round of heats at 11am on Thursday, the finals kicked off at 3pm that day with McIntosh & Son’s team of sales representatives crowned winners.
The tractor pull competition had originally been postponed after stormy conditions wet the track.
RedMac dealer principal Brett Young, of Three Springs, said he loved seeing people from all facets of the community give the event a go.
“We had plenty of participation from young school kids, who jumped in and had a crack,” he said.
“We like to make it so that everyone and anyone has the opportunity to participate.
“It was just great to see the community participation in such a fun event ... I think it was quite a success.”
McIntosh & Son Geraldton branch manager Craig Adjuk said the win was a highlight of the company’s time at the expo this year.
“It was a pretty big highlight for us, and it is just great that the committee does something like that,” he said.
“We were very happy to put our prize to the local St John Ambulance in Mingenew.
“It is a great way to support the community as well ... we support a lot of different organisations but we think it is very important to support those that heavily rely on volunteers.”
McIntosh & Son this year renewed its naming rights sponsorship of the flagship event, signing on for a further three years.
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