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   xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Feb 11 09:01 PM

Feb 12th, 2017: Pig-N-Ford

Racing cars at the Tillamook County Fair, it’s only three laps, with stripped down Model T Fords .............. and pigs.

The cars are parked at the starting line, engines off. The drivers line up along the track’s outer fence, while the pigs are held
in the infield in a row of crates. When the starter fires his pistol, the drivers sprint across the track, snatch the squealing pigs
from their bins, crank-start their Model-Ts (holding the squirming sausage in one arm), and hop aboard before the car stalls. 
At the end of each lap, racers slide to a stop, kill their engines, run to the bins to exchange their pigs for fresh ones, and
start all over.

Drivers are an elite group, a motorcycle gang that carries pigs. The race is limited to 10 cars, and all the racers are members
of the Pig-N-Ford Association. The president (we’re not making this up) is Punk Dunsworth, 74, a club member for 55 years.
Inductees must be sponsored by an existing member and voted in by the majority. Membership, as well as ownership of the
cars, often passes down through generations.

With no helmets or seatbelts, arms and legs get broken, and wrists are subject to crank kickbacks.
At one race in the 1980s, a car endo’d along the front straight. The driver was thrown clear, but so was the starter crank.
The former came to rest safely in the dirt, but the latter made its way into the crowd, where it struck a woman in the face.
She was the wife of another driver, and everybody shrugged it off.
Rub some dirt in it lady. That's how serious about this 88 year old race by the club and the public are.

There’s videos online…


Clodfobble  Saturday Feb 11 11:27 PM

Wow. And I thought chasing a wheel of cheese down a hill was crazy. I'd actually pay to watch this.

BigV  Sunday Feb 12 02:33 AM

I've seen this race. It's indescribable (nice try xoB). I watched the cars all pass by in the parade, got close to them in the paddock, but my race pictures really suck. Absolutely a blast!

glatt  Sunday Feb 12 12:28 PM


sexobon  Sunday Feb 12 07:30 PM

I take it they started using pigs because they couldn't get the car tires to squeal and a race just isn't the same without that sound.

Gravdigr  Monday Feb 13 02:40 AM

Diaphone Jim  Monday Feb 13 11:55 AM

Hey, where you think you're going with my pig!?

Videos of the races are fun to watch.

Gravdigr  Monday Feb 13 03:30 PM

Originally Posted by sexobon View Post
I take it they started using pigs because they couldn't get the car tires to squeal and a race just isn't the same without that sound.
Reminds me of an old joke:

A guy walking down the street sees a little boy riding in a little red wagon being pulled by a dog, with a rope around its neck, and a cat, with a string around its scrotum.

The man asks the boy what he's doing, and the boy responds "I'm playing fire truck."

The man says that the boy will go faster if he ties the string around the cat's neck instead of its scrotum.

The boy says "Probably, but, then I would have a siren."

BigV  Monday Feb 13 06:43 PM


Gravdigr  Tuesday Feb 14 12:05 AM

Yeah, what V said, wouldn't instead of would.

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