It is kind of weird to get excited about a land speed racing vehicle that is capable of running 100mph flat out, but that’s the case when we’re talking about a tractor. Jack Donohue’s 8Ncredible Ford 8N tractor is a true freak and a freak in the best sense of the word. We have told the story before but Jack built this thing to beat an unofficial tractor speed record that was set before WWII at 68 mph by Ab Jenkins.
This is an actual Ford 8N tractor that has been highly modified. The flathead V8 sounds great in this video as it does ripping down the track. During his 96mph triumph last year at the Ohio Mile the tractor displayed some of the ill-handling characteristics one would expect from a machine of this nature. Lacking any sort of front suspension, the axle was tramping very hard at the finish line and race officials mandated that Jack add shocks to help control that. With better handling, Jack’s sure (and we’re sure as well) that this tractor will eclipse 100mph on the course.
There’s been lots of tricky stuff done on the gearing side of this machine to allow for these speeds. That’s one area of the engineering that Jack is tight lipped about and in some regards, where the best secrets lie. The big tall rear tires certainly help for the overall gear ratio and we love the addition of the beautiful full enclosure fenders as well.
The big question for everyone watching this weekend will center on the 100mph mark and the tractor. Will they do it? We are going to be live streaming lots of the ECTA Ohio Mile action to the BangShift Facebook page this weekend so if you are not on there, you need to be. You’ll be able to see Jack and his tractor run!