race calendar


A Calendar of Meccano Races and Contests being held around the world. To include such events as 'Walking'; 'Tug o' War'; 'Climbing' and 'Robot Wars'. For Contact; Time; Venue; Rules and other matters follow the link to the club web site.

Tug of War events


Photo: Paul Joachim

Paul Joachim's winning "The Brute" is in the foreground easily pulling "Cat Track" backwards against its transmission.

The children are Xavier and Lydia Goodman, both Junior Members in good standing of the WLMS. The club actively encourages youngsters to take up the hobby and these kids are a wow with Plastic Meccano. Lydia gave the "one, two, three go!" and acted as line judge. Their father, Matt, is the club electrical engineer.


Review of this event

Photo Simon Moody, NZ

 A nice line-up of Tug-of War contestants. showing plenty of diversity. - Wellington Meccano Club.

The big tow truck named Xena (behind the VW Bug), designed and built by Simon Moody was the winner. It has 6 wheel drive, front and middle axle 'floating' so that all wheels were on the floor.

The rules were as follows:
No 1 clockwork motor
Meccano parts or replicas only (tyres Meccano only)
Qualifying run of at least 2 metres (limits gearing) on one wind up.
No alteration to tractor between runs apart from rewind.
Then the competition tug of war to pull the opponent back wards at least150mm. (300mm of chain with hooks at end to link opponents)

Two 6v MO powered 4-wheel drive heavies battle it out.