‘So close’ for The Gen­eral

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Nathan Binks was ‘oh so close’ to glory in his re­turn to the Fin­ley Trac­tor Pull on Satur­day night reach­ing a 98 me­tre first pull.

The for­mer lo­cal was tear­ing up the Fin­ley Show­grounds straight on his first pull in ‘The Gen­eral’ but un­for­tu­nately fell slightly be­hind on the sec­ond pull, only reg­is­ter­ing 89.5 me­tres with his son Cooper at the wheel.

As the weather started to cool his six litre V8 was ready to put in one last almighty ef­fort and man­aged to reach the 92 me­tre mark, just eight me­tres short of a full pull.

Mr Binks said it was his most suc­cess­ful trac­tor pull across all cir­cuits.

‘‘In 10 years that’s the best I’ve had. And we weren’t the only ones to say that, there were also other vet­er­ans there who said the same.

‘‘There were per­fect track con­di­tions and the whole set up was fan­tas­tic.’’

As Mr Binks was be­ing towed down the side lanes to­wards the main straight he said old friends were wel­com­ing him back to the town.

‘‘An old fella called Kenny Be­van hung over the fence and said a big hello and I haven’t seen him for 25 years.

‘‘There’s an old guy called John McBurnie who drives some of the tow­ing trac­tors and he was my neigh­bour when I lived in Fin­ley.

‘‘John al­ways makes a point of com­ing over and say­ing g’day, and I had a re­ally good chat with him over the night so that was spe­cial,’’ Mr Binks said.

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