Inspired by the success of team Belarus at 2017 Dakar Rally, Minsk Tractor Works decided to test its legendary vehicles in harsh racing challenge. Eight tractors competed in 17km off-road rally on Saturday, 28 January.
Seven tractors BELARUS-3522 – the most powerful MTZ vehicles – and one caterpillar tractor rushed between villages Paryzh and Mosar in Vitebsk region.
Watch Belarus tractors being prepared for the race
Start of the race:
They had to break through snow-covered plowed fields, water and mud pits, forest trails and artificial barriers.
Iron racers demonstrated their football skills at the finish line:
The place for the race was not chosen by chance (there’s a lot of tricky race terrain in Belarus).
Trick is, the name of the first village in Belarusian is homophonous with Paris, the starting point of the famous Paris-Dakar race.
To the surprise of the organizers, the event attracted about 4,500 spectators – probably more than there are residents in both villages combined.
At the award ceremony, MTZ representatives said they’d like to make Paryzh-Mosar tractor rally a good tradition.
Video credit: TUT.BY