LINDSAY — Organizers of Lindsay’s annual two-day truck and tractor pull are pushing 2013 proceedings into a higher gear with the addition of a “supermodified” class of competing vehicles.
The show is set for July 19-20, at 2228 FM 1199, near Lindsay, and includes live music by John David Kent following the first show and Micky and the Motorcars following the second. Organizer Doug Voth said his tractor pull — which funds Lindsay youth groups with concession proceeds and show facility upgrades with ticket profits — may also include fireworks if humidity stays high.
“If it’s really dry, we won’t be able to do them,” he said Thursday. “But we should be okay. We did that last year and it really worked out.”
The vehicles include more than 50 farm units, modified tractors and superpowered diesel trucks that range in strength up to 2,500 horsepower. Their drivers take turns pulling a weighted “progressive” sled, each driver pulling against another to see who can drag the sled furthest as it gradually becomes heavier.
Voth said this year’s show, sanctioned by the Texas Truck and Tractor Pulling Association (TTTPA), boosts the playing field by adding a class of supermodified vehicles with strength up to 4,000 horsepower, double of what is typically seen in the Lindsay shows.
Shows of years past hadn’t included that class due to the expense, he added, but recent sponsorship made it possible for 2013.
“It’s quite a bit more money, but Holiday Auto Groups and NAPA really stepped up and helped us with that,” he said.
Vendor and concession proceeds go to Lindsay agricultural scholarships and help fund related farming projects; in 2012, the total was close to $8,000. And Voth explained that following last year’s show, the ticket proceeds helped fund a stadium lighting kit for the tractor pull showgrounds — a package of more than $20,000 not yet fully financed.
“We’ll be paying for that the next couple years,” he said. “It’s a really big project.”
About the bands
• Texas musician John David Kent began his career at age 16 with a record deal from Mercury Records — having signed as drummer for the buzz band Radish, according to his online biography. He spent the next few years promoting the album “Restraining Bolt” on late night TV shows and world tours. By age 18, he took what he learned and built a studio and started writing his own songs. After he put his time in as a touring drummer for The Lemonheads and former Radish singer Ben Kweller, he started his own record label, Blackland/Roustabout Records. Kent started his latest musical journey in 2009, with a five-song album. One of the songs, "My Girl," became a local radio hit and its video went into rotation on CMT after it was picked as video of the week, and Kent had a new career on his hands. His debut album, released in May 2011, is simply titled “John David Kent.” His online biography said he is currently on his third consecutive “Top 20” single on the Texas charts and that his live shows are a “must see.” Country legend Ray Wylie Hubbard said Kent “writes lyrics like they were shot out of a Smith & Wesson, has a band cool as Steve McQueen on a motorcycle, and soul where it's supposed to be."
• Micky & the Motorcars is an alternative Texas country band that formed in Stanley, Idaho, before moving to Austin, according to online information. The band has released five mainstream albums, including a live album, and consists of Micky Braun (acoustic guitar, lead vocals), Gary Braun (lead and harmony vocals, guitars, mandolin, harmonica), Dustin Schaefer (lead guitar), Joe Fladger (bass), and Bobby Paugh (drums and percussion). Micky and Gary Braun are the younger brothers of Willy and Cody Braun of the Austin-based band, Reckless Kelly.
Tractor pull tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 through 15. Admission is free for younger attendees. Parking is free and no glass containers are allowed on the showgrounds.
For more information, call (940) 727-1535, visit the show’s Facebook page or visit www.TTTPA.com.