Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Changes on Simply Red

From Great Eccleston, in Great Britain, the Simply Red Pulling Team around John Eccles have newly rebuilt their Case IH Magnum 7250 Pro Stock Tractor during last winter of 2017 / 2018. At the end of the 2017 season, the Simply Red Pulling Team decided it was time to make a new chassis for their Pro Stock Tractor called ,,Simply Red´´. The original tube chassis was built in 1993 by Allan Williams who ran the Modified Tractor called ,,Limited Edition´´. The chassis was still in good condition but with all the changes over the years gearbox housing, intercooler, skid bars etc. and the frame had been converted to a split to inspect the clutch it was felt the time was right to give the Pro Stock a new face lift and a newer look. The rebuild of the Case IH was started in October 2017 and as with all projects took longer than expected and was finished just before the start of the 2018 season. The Tractor got a new steel wedge frame with a homemade steel rollcage, a hydraulic steering, new engine and Intercooler brackets, new constructed weight brackets and homemade steel wheelie bars.
The machined IH cast iron rearend, the gearbox, the bell housing, the ROP and the steering system were took over of the old Simply Red Tractor. The new frame rails were constructed from Weldox 700 steel and were formed by a local company in Preston, next to were John works. The newly built chassis is lighter than the old one and they have now more movable weight than at the old one. John Eccles and his Team also had purchased a set of new cut Firestone Puller 2000 HP Pro Stock tires. The tires were mounted on the old set of polished Midwest aluminium rims. With those new tires they are hoping to have a better grip and performance on the British pulling tracks in the future. During the 2018 saeson, the new Weldex wedge chassis has performed well, but the Team suffered a major turbo fail at the first pull of 2018 in Kirkbride, but finished the season well after suffering with fuel pump problems which took a while to solve.
The Simply Red Pulling Team also will compete again with their Case IH Magnum 7250 Pro in the British Championship in 2019. The whole Team already looking forward now to the upcoming season.

Driver and owner John Eccles would like to thank all the team for their hard work and support !

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This Weekend !

NTPA Winter Nationals Cloverdale Results

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Team Oil Addict del 18.

Q & A with Dusty Price

Dusty Price from Wolf Lake, Indiana in the USA. Dusty is the owner and driver of the´V8 Hemi powered 2050lbs Mini Modified Tractor called ,,Bacon Bits´´. What are you doing in your normal life?
Dusty Price: I help my dad on the family farm. And I raise hogs, along with owning a marketing/advertising firm. What do you like to do in your free time, except Tractor Pulling?
Dusty Price: I enjoy waterfowl hunting, fishing, watching hockey, and spending time with my family and girlfriend. What do you like about Tractor Pulling?
Dusty Price: The power, thunder, dust, dirt, and the smell of race fuel in the air is what I remembered as a kid. Today, I still enjoy all of those things about Pulling. But I like seeing my pulling friends, and interacting with the fans and sponsors. What was your first Tractor Pulling event?
Dusty Price: Arcola, IN in 1987. I was 3 weeks old. What is your favourite Event / Pulling track?
Dusty Price: Goshen, IN would be at the top of my list. They have a huge crowd that is die hard about their Tractor Pulling. Plus, Goshen isn't far from home. When and where do you have driven a Pulling Tractor for the first time?
Dusty Price: I started to pull garden tractors with my dad when I was 13. We traveled all over Indiana and Michigan. We debuted the Fill-Rite Bacon Bits Mini Rod in Goshen, IN in 2017. What was your biggest success?
Dusty Price: I was able to land a title sponsor and showcase the value of Tractor Pulling on the corporate level to other companies. Which Pulling classes do you like too?
Dusty Price: Mini Rods have always been my favorite. I enjoy all of the Modified Tractor classes, and the alcohol Super Stock Tractors too. What was your biggest disappointment?
Dusty Price: I wish that I could afford a Modified Tractor. I just don’t think it will ever happen with how expensive the sport is today. Which things must be changed in the future of the Tractor Pulling sport?
Dusty Price: Need more sponsor activation at events to get more money rolling into the sport. Some fans want more pull-offs. But I believe that an announcer in the pits and staging areas needs to happen too. It’s all about keeping the fans entertained between hooks. What are your plans for the future in Tractor Pulling?
Dusty Price: We are going to hopefully make it to a few more events for 2019 and continue our growth on the sponsorship side. What was for you the most important moment in the sport?
Dusty Price: Getting to go Tractor Pulling and have my family with me is what makes it fun. Without them, I couldn't do this. What was your favourite Pulling Tractor project in the workshop during a
Dusty Price: Putting a car body on a Mini Rod makes us kind of unique. So we are trying to improve the look, to make it appear like more of a coupe than a tractor. Something you want to say? 
Dusty Price: First off, thank you for asking me to do this interview. I love Tractor Pulling and I’m blessed to be able to compete amongst a great group of folks. Hopefully we can all continue to grow the sport and attract new fans and sponsors for years to come. Thank you for your time and good luck for the furture !    

Monday, January 07, 2019

Euro Cup 2019 Schedule

The ETPC has reveal on their website, the Euro Cup rounds for 2019. The 2019 Mitas Euro Cup will be held on 8 different locations in 6 European countries. 2 rounds are each in Germany and the Netherlands, and 1 each in Sweden, France, Denmark and Great Britain. New in the schedule for 2019 are the Euro Cup rounds in Allingabro, Denmark with the Super Stock class and Edewecht, Germany with the Pro Stock class. The Euro Cup season starts at the 27th and 28th of April 2019 in F├╝chtorf, Germany with the Mini Modified and Heavy Modified division.

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Saturday, January 05, 2019

No Mercy 3.0

In the beginning of May 2018, we have reported about the purchase of a new Ironboy Mini Modified Sled by Bertus Boer in the USA. Today we are looking a little bit on the technic of the new No Mercy 3.0 Mini Sled from the Netherlands.
We remember to 2011, Philip Fairbanks came over to Europe with his Mini Mod called ,,Original Rat Poison´´ and the Dingerink Family returned after a season in the USA with their new Mini called ,,Gencom Lambada 7´´ to the Netherlands, two Minis with really high horsepower engines.
During the 2011 season it was clearly to see, the No Mercy 2.0 Sled needs some changes to stop those tractors. Also after the Dingerink / Fairbanks battle during the season was clear for all now, that the class running in the future on the same level like in the USA. During the next 3 years the horsepower on all Mini Mods in the Netherlands and Europe grow dramatically and it was to see the current No Mercy 2.0 Sled was too light for some of those current Mini rockets. The No Mercy Team already had for a quite long time the idea to built a completely new Mini Modified Sled, but the main problem was the lack of time to built a own new sled for the high horsepower Mini Mod Tractors in the Netherlands and Europe.
In September 2017 came the official report that an investor (Bertus Boer) wanted to make an order for a new Ironboy Mini Mod Sled in the US with the question, whether the No Mercy Team want to look after the new one. After they had an evening talk with Bertus Boer, they have agreed to operate and maintain the new sled during the whole season.
In January 2018, the No Mercy Pulling Sled Team together with Helma and Bertus Boer made a trip to the NTPA Winter Nationals in Cloverdale, Indiana, USA to look at an Ironboy Sled from Vaughn Bauer (Bauer Built Mfg) and to discuss which things the new sled should receive. They could get some wishes installed in the sled, and also leave off things that are not allowed in Europe. With those possibilities the Dutch Team also could build some things yourself in their workshop. But why are some things not allowed in Europe? Easy after the deadly accident of Jan van Alphen in Great Eccleston, England 2007 we have some strict rules and regulations for the sleds in Europe. Each sled in Europe need a European spec kill switch system, a box movement control (BMC) system, fail safe box brakes, a crashbox on the weight box (like on the Belgium sled called ,,De Stille Genieter´´) or a buffer system, where is mounted on the front end of the frame on the sled (like on the Red Shadow Sleds from Germany) and many other things. Also every year, every sled in Europe will inspected by the ETPC SIT (Sledge Inspection Team) whether all systems working properly.
After a 5 weeks journey across the pond on the ship in a high cube container, the new sled finally arrived in Holland on the 22nd of May 2018. The new No Mercy 3.0 sled is completely different to his older brother called ,,No Mercy 2.0.´´ The new sled is bigger and longer, heavier, the frame is completely different built, the weight box is bigger, has two axles, a drivers cab, a different gearbox, a different steering system, a push down system like a big sled and a lots of other things. The new No Mercy 3.0 is a self propelled sled who is powered by a turbocharged 4 cylinder air- intercooled Deutz engine. The both front wheels on the pan are for the steering of the sled. After every pull the front wheels can be folded out hydraulically and the the driver can steer the sled back to the starting position on the track. Back at the start, the wheels will folded in again. The drivers cab comes from a 3000 Series John Deere Tractor. As drive for the weight box has the sled a Profab 6 speed transmission and a 2 speed  Eaton axle. They can choose between 12 different gears for the speed of the weight box. For driving, the sled has a Chevrolet 3 speed automatic transmission. The empty weight of the sled is 6.4t / 14110lbs and fully loaded a weight of 9.6t / 21164lbs. The completely sled without the safety devices was built by Vaughn Bauer and his Team of Bauer Built Mfg. in Paton, Iowa, USA.
Shortly after the Ironboy Sled was arrived in the workshop, the Team started directly with the building of the kill switch system, the weight box movement control system, the fail safe box brakes and the crashbox on the weight box. The crashbox on the sled was calculated, constructed and built by the Belgian company called ,,Stuer Egghe´´ from Sint-Niklaas. Stuer Egghe also owns the sleds called ,,De Stille Genieter´´ and ,,Dinosaurus´´. The rest of the safety systems were built by the No Mercy Team.
The maiden run of the new No Mercy 3.0 Sled normally was planned for the Dutch Championship Pull in Lochem 2018, but that didn't work out. Around 4 weeks later, the sled was finally ready for the first real test, at the final Dutch Championship round of the Mini Mod division in Alphen, the Netherlands. It was a good premiere, all the Teams were satisfied with the sled and the setting. 2019 will be another learning year for the Team, it´s planned to brake the Mini Mod tractors at all Dutch Championship rounds and maybe also on some other pulls in Europe. The No Mercy Pulling Sled Team also hopes to get the ETPC Gold Level classification for the sled next year.
With the ETPC Gold Level classification, they can stop the tractors also on the Euro Cup rounds and the the European Championships.

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The making of a V8 limited superstock from the beginning to the end