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Thresher 99632 82 Combine Demolition Derby either
Combine Demolition Derby
Combine Demolition Derby
Lind, WA
June 12, 2004

Ever seen a combine demolition derby? Nothing but a blast!
A bunch of farmers tuning up their machines and going at
each other with a vengeance. And there is a driving
strategy to any kind of success as well as thought-provoking
engineering behind redesigning the machines for such use.

During the event I was facing the sun, greatly affecting the
action photos. I had to touch them up for the machines to
be seen. I have to admit there is a bias behind these pics.
Most of them are of "Moondoggie Madness" since this was my
father's machine(his nickname is "Moondoggie"). This
machine won the award for being the best decorated. It is a
Harris 908. The machine that won was a John Deere 6602, I
believe. It's nickname was Jaws.

More information about the derby can be found at the
following website, although most of the photos are of the
2003 derby machines:
http://www.lindwa.com/lind'sweekend.html

Discovery channel was at the derby filming for a new show
that is similar to its other "Monster" shows. No word as to
when this will be on TV.

Enjoy!
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Moondoggie Madness, Rear End
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Moondoggie Madness waiting to be unleashed.
Providing great seats as well.
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"Moondoggie Madness"
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"Moondoggie Madness" with header cut to narrow the width.
This helps with maneuverability of the machine and spares
the feederhouse from being bashed off.
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The infamous Moondoggie with his machine.
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Another machine, an IH machine, I believe.
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Another IH machine.
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Now an action photo ...

An IH 403 "Peacock Machine" (it even was rigged to spit out
water from its rear end as if it was doing its job!), a blue
Gleaner, and Moondoggie Madness (a Harris 908).
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The IH 403 Peacock after its first heat. As you can see,
most of the problems the guys had was related to steering
and the rear axle. A few of the machines were so light in
the back that they could keep on going very well even after
the axle was knocked off.
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In action: A green Massey, a blue Gleaner, and Moondoggie
Madness (Harris 908).
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Almost as entertaining as the demolition itself was watching
the various folks trying to repair their machines. There
were four heats with about 6-8 combines in each. The
winners of these heats made it into the final. Those who
were damaged had the opportunity to fix up their machines
for a "consolation" heat, in which about 3 machines could
win to get into the final. The folks had about 1/2 hour to
an hour to get their machine in working order. So the crews
used torches, welders, and other equipment, working
hysterically to try to get their machines ready for the
consolation.
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Moondoggie Madness getting ready for the consolation round
...
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The Silver Bullet (a John Deere) undergoing repairs for the
consolation ...
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A crowd watching a large crew get their John Deere quickly
in shape for the consolation ...
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A green Massey and a yellow Gleaner (I believe).
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Going at it some more ...
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These two machines just couldn't quit. The yellow machine
(Gleaner?), in spite of its axle coming off and back end
being bashed, just kept on going and going. The blue John
Deere (Jaws) ended up being the winner of the entire derby.
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An example of the carnage left behind after the consolation
heat ...
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The start of the final heat, the machines gathering together
in a circle at the center of the arena.
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My apologies for not having any pictures of the final heat.
As it got dark, I couldn't seem to get any good shots. A
couple of the machines ended up with the engines going up in
smoke! One John Deere completely lost its back end up to
the grain tank, yet STILL was able to go for a while. Jaws
and another machine ended up charging into each other "head
on" until Jaws prevailed by being the only one able to keep
on going.
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Yhis is how whe do it in Belgium.
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is that Izenberge ?
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Are there only stock-combines, or also specials with a lot
of HP V8 engines there? Like:

http://www.st-isidorushoeve.nl/combinerace/rijder.php?id=76

Combine with a 250 HP Audi V8 :-D

(I don't post pictures from that site, I don't own them)
Another link should be OK:

http://www.st-isidorushoeve.nl/combinerace/historie.htm
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Better link, same site: http://www.combine-race.nl
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