County Antrim agri-video streaming firm FarmFLiX, has announced the return of the mammoth #OnThePull tractor rodeo event.
FarmFLiX, whose farming videos receive hundreds of thousands of views online each month, has also announced it is donating all the proceeds from this year’s driver entry fees to the Air Ambulance NI Charity.
The tractor racing contest is the only one of its kind across the UK and Ireland and this year’s event is taking place on Saturday 5th of August at Gally Hill, Co. Antrim.
The farming phenomenon that is FarmFLiX is the world’s first agri-video streaming platform and the company now employs 12 people from their base in Co. Antrim.
One of a kind
Interest in FarmFLiX’s #OnThePull23 is set to be high, with videos of the 2019 contest now having been viewed more than one million times online.
This year’s event will see more than 100 drivers battle it out in a series of head-to-head races, all while pulling one of six fully loaded Redrock trailers newly constructed for the competition.
Organisers have created a new course for #OnThePull23, including a 140m hill climb and obstacle challenges to test both engine power and driver skill. Drivers will race each other against the clock for a place on the leaderboard before entering the knockout stages in their respective classes.
In a first for the event, every driver will be guaranteed at least two pulls against the clock, meaning more than 100 races with live commentary for spectators to enjoy. Two tractors will be ready to go at all times, ensuring the action remains fast and furious.
Speaking about the event, FarmFLiX founder, John McClean, said:
“#OnThePull is back and it’s even bigger and better for 2023. With interest so high, we have made space for more than three times the number of tractors previously accommodated in 2019. We’ve also made several improvements. We’re using concrete weighted blocks instead of water cubes to offer a more consistent pull for competitors and a lower centre of gravity. For those who want to renew rivalries, we’re also aiming to accommodate friends in the same tractor class who want to race each other."
"Finally, in an important development, FarmFLiX is delighted the farming community is pulling together with us to raise vital funds for the Air Ambulance NI charity. Last year alone their crew responded to some 70 farming and workplace emergency callouts across Northern Ireland. They are a vital and often life-saving support for the rural and farming communities here, so this year all the proceeds from our driver entry fees are going directly to the charity.”
Speaking about the event, Kerry Anderson, Head of Fundraising with Air Ambulance NI, added:
“We are delighted to be nominated as the beneficiary of this unique event. The funds raised will contribute to saving lives, powering the aircraft to lift off for critically ill and injured patients right across Northern Ireland. On average, the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service team are needed twice daily. That could be a patient of any age and background, given critical interventions at the scene, thanks to donations from events like this one.”
Among some of Ireland’s most famous farming social media stars attending on the day will be YouTube’s Farmer Phil and iFarmWeFarm. TikTok’s famous Donkey262 will be competing with the Mighty 90, while the whole FarmFLiX team will be on-site filming proceedings. The FarmFLiX crew are hoping to encourage their own Cityboy (aka Brian) out of tractor racing retirement. FarmFLiX fans will also be treated to Alan Clyde and John McClean in head-to-head action, as McClean’s John Deere 6910s takes on Clyde’s New Holland TSA115 in their own grudge match.
Pamela McClean, FarmFLiX
FarmFLix will decide on five tractor classes which will be separated by factors including horsepower, engine displacement, weight, and any modifications fitted. Trailer weights being pulled by each class will be decided on the day subject to weather and ground conditions.
Among those spectating on the day will be staff from Redrock Machinery. The Armagh-based agricultural machinery manufacturer is supplying six 26ft trailers, all of which have been specially customised for the event.
Speaking about the event, James Rooney from Redrock, said:
“Tractors and trailers are the bedrock of every farm, so we are delighted to be a part of #OnThePull23. It offers a rare opportunity to bring the farming community together and showcase the immense driving skills of so many competitors. We hope they enjoy experiencing the agility and strength of Redrock trailers, which like all our equipment, are made for the most demanding of environments. We wish every competitor the best of luck and are looking forward to an action-packed day.”
Note, ticket sales have now closed for this year's event .