The team from Parma in Italy, are working on their Modified tractor at the moment. The heavy Modified class, drop with the weight, from 4.5t to 4.25t (new weight limit for the European Championship) this year. All Allison engines get new lighter oil pans and the top engine sitting now directly on the crossbox. The tractor got new lighter Aluminium fenders and the roll cage has one tube less.The Team will compete in the Italian Championships and in the Euro Cup this year.
Germany has a new light Modified (2.5t) Pulling Team, called ,,Outlaw´´. The Team bought the old Tabaluka from Ralf Waldmann last year. The tractor is powered by a blown Coninental V12 tank engine and runs on methanol. The last pull of this tractor, was in Edewecht 2007.
Also, the tractor got a new inigtion, the electric is completely new, the homemade superchargers (built by Ralf Waldmann) were dismantled and were replaced by 82mm big Turbochargers over the winter.
The Team are working hard on their new modified tractor at the moment. The first start is maybe planned, for the 27th of April 2014, on their home pull in Füchtorf, Germany.
The Valtra Pro Stock tractor called ,,Baby Bear´´, from the Ice Bear Pulling team, got a new Valtra T3FL series bonnet over the winter. Also, the tractor got some changes on the weight frame and the chassis was repaint over the winter. The first start of the Baby Bear with the new T3FL Series bonnet, is planned for the 27th of April 2014 in Füchtorf, Germany. The Team from Coventry in Great Britain, will compete with both Pro Stock tractors in British championships and in the Euro Cup this year.
The Team from Germany are building a new mini rod at the moment. The Bavarian team bought the old Now or Never / Jackass chassis from Daniel Hollmann last year. The tractor gets a 6 cylinder turbo charged Trasmash diesel engine with 20l cubic capacity. My last information was, the transmash engine runs later with Diesel fuel. The first start is planned for 2014 in the Austrian championships.
As some of you know, I have a sweet spot for Speedway racing.
Since the sport is in a disastrous condition here (they still have more events than us pullers, but not near as many spectators) money is short for the riders and everything is really tough for them.
Now last year the probably best German rider Martin Smolinski made it into the Grand Prix on the last edge with a bunch of hard work and really getting his act together.
So here he went to the first Grand Prix in New Zealand, with a partly private/hobby crew and super low budget. Everybody, including himself, thought him making the semi finals would be like a dream come true. Well... long story short: I got up early to watch this and he made it into the semis and finished second there, so he could run in the finals ...
now watch what happened from there. And you GOTTA love the commentary :)