The smell of diesel and bratwurst: The traditional "Bulldogziang" attracts almost 2000 visitors to a meadow near Attenham.
Egling – On Sunday, the 76 participants had to get up early in a spectacle that the Oldtimerfreunde Endlhausen have been organizing for 25 years now: the "Bulldogziagn". As early as 8 a.m., the weighing of the vehicles, which weighed up to eleven tons and competed against each other in different weight classes, began.
Due to the large crowds, Egling's Deputy Mayor Josef Bail, who moderated the event, had to postpone the start of the event, which was originally scheduled for 10 a.m., by one hour. Meanwhile, Paul Gröbmair, honorary chairman of the Endlhauser Oldtimerfreunde, did a few laps on his old Bulldog. Already at this time, the cashiers registered over 1000 visitors. Over the course of the day, this number doubled.
Competition drags on for many hours
It took patience to follow the competition for several hours. Because pulling a heavy brake van turned out to be tough for most of the participants. Some didn't even get 50 meters. Others moved quite briskly over a distance of 100 meters to the finish line and thus managed the longed-for "full pull". In advance, the classic car friends had set up rules of the game that each participant had to comply with after paying an entry fee of ten euros. For example, the driver was not allowed to leave his seat during the train and was not allowed to take another person with him. In addition, "any additional weights, front loaders, winches and twin tires" were prohibited. The organizers assumed no liability for damage to vehicles and persons.
The spectators obviously had fun.
© Hans Lippert
Away from the competition, the meadow next to the Attenhamer Oldtimerstadl was relaxed throughout. Visitors waited patiently in line to secure white sausages, grilled meats, cakes and drinks. Forgotten Austropop classics such as "Überdosis G'fühl" by STS or Hubert von Goisern's "Koa Hiatamadl" boomed out of the speakers. Accordingly, many spectators came in traditional costume and preferred the "Bulldogziang" to an expensive Oktoberfest visit. At a fair 2.50 euros for half a liter of Spezi and three euros for the same amount of beer, the families' wallets did not suffer either.
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"We are thrilled that so many people came today," said Rudi Höbel at the end of the day. The vice-chairman of the Oldtimerfreunde particularly liked the relaxed atmosphere. "First and foremost, it was important to us that visitors could have fun and meet here," he emphasized with satisfaction.
Result is a minor matter
Which drivers were able to receive the trophies in the late afternoon hardly played a role for the audience anyway. The smell of ploughed earth finally mixed with exhaust fumes from the tractors and the scents of the barbecue stations – a special ambience of the "Bulldogziang", which has now captivated people for the eighth time.
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