Ellie Pacey, 19, is a fan of tractor pulling, the world’s most powerful motorsport, and a Miss England Midland’s semi-finalist, from Spratton, Northamptonshire.
Despite not growing up on a farm, I have always been active in the community, being a member of Kelmarsh Young Farmers’ Club (YFC) and Grendon YFC.
My dad runs a bulk haulage company called J. Pacey and Sons and I help my other half, as he works on his family farm in Peatling Parva, which includes store cattle, calves and lambs as well as growing maize and wheat.
I enjoy helping out on-farm as I get to see how much work goes in to producing the food we eat. I also work full-time for Mercedes AMG HPP as an apprentice test technician. This means I am able to work on dynos testing previous and new engines ready to race.
I studied engineering at Silverstone University Technical College, as well as maths and geography. I love the farming aspect as we can now use so many new engineering aspects in the farming world, as well as being able to look after all the animals.
My other hobby is a little more unusual as I compete in tractor pulling, which is the world’s most powerful motorsport.
We run a tractor called ‘On the Limit’, which is a light modified. This means we can run in a class that is limited to 2.5 tonnes, so we run two supercharged big block Chevrolet engines.
We run 14-71 SSI superchargers as well as the blocks, being a 572cu.i methanol engine. This involves pulling a weight transference machine to the end of a 100-metre clay and dirt track, which can end up weighing 40t.
It is definitely the type of thing to watch on YouTube and it is worth it just to hear the sound. There are many classes to join, which run all types, from diesel John Deere’s to alcohol cases.
If you love tractors or engines, it is worth a look.
I have also joined Miss England in an effort to use my platform to promote engineering, motorsport and farming to the next generation of girls. It is important to remember we can do or be anything that we want.