Pulling tractor draws attention at fair

Doug Lively’s pulling tractor received quite a bit of attention at the Central Iowa Fair Thursday.

A vehicle featuring four Hemi engines and 8,000 horsepower will do that.

Lively, of State Center, displayed the tractor for the day before he headed back on the National Tractor Pullers Association tour.

He is the current points leader of the tour with the tractor named Bank Robber.

“We’ve been giving people a view of something they don’t normally see,” Lively said. “Most people want to know how much horsepower we have and how fast we spin the tires. We spin the tires 120 miles an hour.”

The Bank Robber, which was built by Lively last year, is what many would call a gas guzzler.

“We burn 20 gallons of racing alcohol each run,” Lively said.

The tractor pulls a weight transfer machine for distance that gets heavier during the run. The runs are usually a few hundred feet each time.

When he is not on the road with the pulling tour, he farms and has a trucking business in State Center.

Lively won’t be part of the tractor pull at the fair Saturday as he will be competing in New Hampton.

He said the thrill of the competition led him to the sport, which he has been participating in on and off for the past 30 years. He has a goal to bring home the national championship this year.

“I love the challenge,” Lively said.

The fair continues with full days and nights of events Friday and Saturday at the fairgrounds.