Tuesday, November 20, 2018

New NTPA Indoor Pull in Indiana

In conjunction with the Michiana Event Center, the National Tractor Pullers Association will present the NTPA Shipshewana Spring Nationals on Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23, 2019. Less than two years old, the interconnected convention, equine, and concert venue in north-central Indiana will launch its largest motorsports event to date with five invitational classes on each of two nights that will rock the facility's 100,000-square-foot Trade Show building.
Light Super Stock and Super Farm Tractors (top GN finishers and promoter selections) and Limited Pro Stock Tractors and Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 3.0 Trucks will compete each evening starting at 6 p.m. Additionally, Light Unlimited Modifieds will make exhibition passes.

Further information about the new event, check here: http://ntpapull.com/news/shipshewana-spring-nationals-farm-show-set-for-march-22-23

PPL 2018: Super Modified tractors pulling in Freeport, IL on Night 2

Friday, November 16, 2018

Q & A with Brice Terry

Brice Terry, from Gallatin, Missouri in the USA. Brice is the owner and driver of the Allis Chalmers D21 Component Light Super Stock Tractor called ,,Too Hy-Strung´´. This year he won with his Light Super Stock the final PPL Champions Tour round in Wheatland, MO and his first Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League Western Series Championship by the tie break of having the most wins.

pullingworld.com: What are you doing in your normal life?
Brice Terry: We operate a 2 location Farm Equipment Dealership - ,,Terry Inplement Co,. INC.´´ in Gallatin, MO and Chillicothe, MO.
- Agco & Kubota in Gallatin
- Kubota in Chillicothe

pullingworld.com: What do you like to do in your free time, except Tractor Pulling?
Brice Terry: In our free time we enjoy time at the lake boating. Riding motorcycles also.

pullingworld.com: What do you like about Tractor Pulling?
Brice Terry: We enjoy the competition and the social time with our pulling friends and fans.

pullingworld.com: What was your first Tractor Pulling event?
Brice Terry: First Tractor Pulling event was during the Steam & Gas Engine Show at Hamilton, MO on an antique
WC Allis Chalmers.

pullingworld.com: What is your favourite Event / Pulling track?
Brice Terry: We always enjoy going to the Outlaw Pull in Wisner, NE and the PPL Pull in Wheatland, MO.

pullingworld.com: When and where do you have driven a Pulling Tractor for the first time?
Brice Terry: My first Tractor Pulling competition was on an antique Allis Chalmers WC Tractor in 1980.



pullingworld.com: What was your biggest success?
Brice Terry: Winning the PPL Champions Tour event in Wheatland, MO this year.

pullingworld.com: Which Pulling classes do you like too?
Brice Terry: Really like our LSS class but also enjoy watching Pro Stock.

pullingworld.com: What was your biggest disappointment?
Brice Terry: Biggest disappointment was our mechanical failure right off the starting line at the NFMS Pull in Louisville, KY this year.

pullingworld.com: Which things must be changed in the future of the Tractor Pulling sport?
Brice Terry: Controlling the cost and bringing new fans into the sport.

pullingworld.com: What are your plans for the future in Tractor Pulling?
Brice Terry: Future plans are to keep the Tractor updated and have my Family share some driving.

pullingworld.com: What was for you the most important moment in the sport?
Brice Terry: Most important moment was deciding to compete in the LSS class and meeting / working with Bryan Conner.

pullingworld.com: What was your favourite Pulling Tractor project in the workshop during a winter?
Brice Terry: My son Tayton and I built a Pro Farm Allis Chalmers D2I Tractor doing most of the work ourselves.

pullingworld.com: Something you want to say?
Brice Terry: Thank you to the fans who support Hy-Strung Motorsports and thank you for the opportunity for the interview !
We appreciate it !

pullingworld.com: Thank you very much for your time and good luck for the future !

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Davis Farms Pilot and 250 Bushel Corn

We talk a lot about side projects and we are generally just to busy to execute the ideas properly.  I was filming an NTPA event at Benson, North Carolina when Peyton Davis, his brother John T, and myself had this conversation about doing a reality farming TV show.  I really had never done anything like this, but how bad could I possibly be at it.  Lost cameras check, drone fly away check, no sound on critical cameras check!  

What happened was we got some decent footage that will consist of a six-episode season.  Depending on how the series is received will guide the direction of filming going forward.  I have a nice plan for this first season and I really do think viewers will enjoy it.  This means a lot of learning for me as I only grew up with horses and cattle on my family's small 12 acre farm in Alabama.  

So stay tuned and I hope you enjoy!  Let me know if you are interested in farming calendars, shirts, hats, and hoodies.  They are in the works right now!

The new Bad Boys Toy is ready !

After almost 2 years of building, the new Bad Boys Toy Component Pro Stock Tractor from Bakel, in the Netherlands is ready. The new Pro Stock received a chrome-moly tube frame with a new homemade rollcage, a self constructed and built hydraulic power steering, a Rockwell rearend, a self built drawbar and a old style MF 1150 hood. The hood and the fenders are not original anymore. The Massey Ferguson 1150 hood and the fenders were made out off glass fibre in their workshop in Bakel. The glass fibre hood is wider and much lighter than the original sheet metal hood. Also all the aluminium sheet metal work around the chassis were done by the Team himself.
The Dutch Team uses on their new ride a set of used polished Midwest aluminium rims with new uncut Firestone Puller 2000 HP tyres. They bought the tires by the John Deere Pulling Team in Thy, Denmark.
The Rockwell rearend was shortened and got a stock Rockwell center section with a stock needle bearing differential, a Rockwell ring and pinion gear, stock ZF planetaries carrier housing with original ZF planetaries and homemade brake discs with Van der Waal Pulling Parts brake calipers.
The new MF also received a new constructed homemade 3 speed transmission, a new Van der Waal Pulling Parts built driveline, a Van der Waal Pulling Parts 11´´ inch centrifugal clutch with 5 Crower discs, a homemade steel fly wheel and a Browell steel clutch bell housing.
The new transmission has a homemade CNC-milled aluminium housing with Fuller gears, newly built shafts and 3 forward gears and 1 reverse gear.
The new Bad Boys Toy Component Pro Stock is powered by a newly built Perkins V8 power plant with 510cui. / 8.3l capacity on diesel fuel.
The engine has a Perkins stock block with Darton sleeves, a new balanced Perkins crankshaft with original steel rods and homemade aluminium pistons, revised Perkins cylinder heads with billet steel camshafts, new cnc-milled aluminium valve covers, a self built steel intake and exhaust manifold, a billet Holset HX82 turbocharger with a 5´´ inch intake wheel from the Rocky Pulling Team, a new aluminium Intercooler built by ERF Heating & Cooling Solutions in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, a self built sheet metal fuel tank, a Sigma fuel pump with 17mm elements, a Aviaid oil pump and a new data logger.
The maiden voyage of the new MF 1150 Pro Stock normely was planned for the beginning of the Dutch outdoor season, but a little bit less time, waiting for the new parts and a lots of small other things made it not possible to get the vehicle ready. So, the Tractor was ready for pull in the 2nd half of the season. But the first passes in front of the sledge were bumpy. They struggled a little bit to find the right engine settings for the V8 Perkins. In the mid of September, the Team was invited with their MF for the German Championship round of the Farm Pulling Series in Kalkar, near the dutch / german border. The first 3 of the 4 runs were not so well, but the 4th an the final pass was very nice, a straight Full Pull for the new MF. The Team was pretty happy with this run.
The Bad Boys Toy Pulling Team have planned to compete in the NTTO Dutch National Championship and on some Pulls in Europe for 2019.

for further information, check here: http://www.badboystoy.nl/

or check here: https://www.facebook.com/TractorpullingTeamBadBoysToy/











Wednesday, November 14, 2018

New 600kg Modified Pulling Tractor in Germany

From Sundern, in Germany the Schluckspecht Pulling Team around Alex Frickel and Stefan Heuel have built a completely new 600kg Modified Pulling Tractor during the last winter. Alex and Stefan are relatively new in the Pulling Sport. They started to built their Tractor in the spring of 2017. The vehicle also was completely built and constructed on CAD during the building process. But why they have decided to built a Tractor for the new 600kg Modified class?
Simply both financially and by the transport dimensions well negotiable and very free choice of drive concepts (in contrast to the 500kg Modified division).
The new Schluckspecht Modified Tractor received a homemade aluminium tube frame with a homemade steel rollcage, a self made steering with a special built steering gearbox by Raphael Rehbach (driver and owner of the 600kg Modified Tractor called ,,Master Piece") and a Suzuki Samurai rearend. The Suzuki Samurai rear axle was modified and got homemade cnc-milled 7075 aluminium planetaries carrier housing with ZF APL 1351 components and planetaries. All the new drivelines in the rear axle were machined of 42CrMoV4. The diff and the center section are still original, only the lubrication system of the diff was changed.
To keep the Tractor in bounds, the ride got a  single wheel brake system with Rimo Go Kart brake calipers and homemade brake rotors. The rear wheels are a set of Weld aluminium rims with new cut Mayhill Giant Puller tires from the USA. The new homemade fenders are made from aluminium.
Because of the weight, Stefan and Alex decided to built a homemade reverser for the 600kg Mod. The reverser has a aluminium housing with special made shafts and gears. Also the driveline from the reverser to the rear axle is homemade and received a aluminium protection tube. The clutch of the machine is a Quarter Master centrifugal clutch with a size of 7.25´´inch and 3 sinter metal discs. The clutch is covered by a self constructed steel bell housing.
The new Schluckspecht is powered by a 6 cylinder VW VR 6 engine with 2.8l displacement on methanol.
The power plant has a stock engine block with a revised VR6 cylinder head, a original camshaft, original valves and valve springs, a stock crank with original VW VR6 rods and pistons, a homemade aluminium intake manifold, a Garrett GT4088 R turbocharger, a self built stainless steel exhaust manifold, a OBX fuel pump, a homemade fuel system with a aeromotive pressure regulator and Bosch CNG electronic injectors, a homemade fuel tank, a original oil pump and a Ecumaster EMU control module.
For the future they have planned to built a spare engine for the Tractor with completely new and different parts in the engine.
In their first season, they learned a lot about the technic of the Tractor and the methanol system on the engine. But it wasn´t a damage free year for the new German Team. For the winter they will make on the current VW VR6 engine a lots of changes to get a better performance and more reliability out of the engine. For 2019, they have planned to compete on all German Championship rounds of the 600kg Modified division.

for further information and pics about the Team and the Tractor, check here: http://schluckspecht-pulling.de/









Friday, November 09, 2018

Q & A with Flemming Smed

Flemming Smed, 43 years old from Skjern, in Denmark. Flemming is the owner and driver of the 950kg / 2095lbs. Mini Modified Tractor called ,,Blacksmed´´. He also was a crew member of the former Modified Team called ,,Fox´´ in the 90s and he drove successful from 1997 until 1999 the Modified Tractors called ,,Fox & Fox Junior´´ of the Team.

pullingworld.com: What are you doing in your normal life?
Flemming Smed: I have my own one man car repair shop.

pullingworld.com: What do you like to do in your free time, except Tractor Pulling?
Flemming Smed: Rifle hunting, watch-smell-listening to NHRA top fuel drag racing.

pullingworld.com: What do you like about Tractor Pulling?
Flemming Smed: Very mechanical sport, mega horsepower without going 300 mph and spectator friendly sport (complete track visible).

pullingworld.com: What was your first Tractor Pulling event?
Flemming Smed: A local event in 1990.

pullingworld.com: What is your favourite Event / Pulling track?
Flemming Smed: Flevohof (NL).

pullingworld.com: When and where do you have driven a Pulling Tractor for the first time?
Flemming Smed: Füchtorf (D) 1997.

pullingworld.com: What was your biggest success?
Flemming Smed: Multiple wins in Windenhof, France.

pullingworld.com: Which Pulling classes do you like too?
Flemming Smed: All classes have their own charm.

pullingworld.com: What was your biggest disappointment?
Flemming Smed: If there were any... i have forgotten.

pullingworld.com: Which things must be changed in the future of the Tractor Pulling sport?
Flemming Smed: We have to find a way to attract more TV and media.

pullingworld.com: What are your plans for the future in Tractor Pulling?
Flemming Smed: Playing with my Mini Mod and go to some international events.

pullingworld.com: What was for you the most important moment in the sport?
Flemming Smed: When Tractor Pulling aired on Eurosport in the 90s

pullingworld.com: What was your favourite Pulling Tractor project in the workshop during a winter?
Flemming Smed: Putting oil in a fresh rebuilt race engine.

pullingworld.com: Something you want to say?  
Flemming Smed: Hope to meet a lots of Pullers and Pulling fans around Europe in 2019.

pullingworld.com: Thank you for your time and good luck for the future !