Friday, December 08, 2017

Q & A with Jannis Rüter

Jannis Rüter, 20 years old from Füchtorf in Germany. Jannis is a crew member of the Green Monster Pulling Team. Since 2016, He´s one of the driver of the Mod Tractor called ,,Green Monster Stage 4´´. He finished the last 2 years in runner up position for the GM Team in the German Championship of the 2.5t/5500lbs. Light Mod class. What are you doing in your normal life?
Jannis Rüter: Industrial mechanic at the company Claas in Harsewinkel. What do you like to do in your free time, except Tractor Pulling?
Jannis Rüter: Quad driving, Tractor driving on a farm and rural youth. What do you like about Tractor Pulling?
Jannis Rüter: The engines, the people, cohesion and the challenge. What was your first Tractor Pulling event?
Jannis Rüter: Tractor Pulling Füchtorf (D) 2001. What is your favourite Event / Pulling track?
Jannis Rüter: My favorite Pulling Event is my home pull in Füchtorf (D). My favorite track is Haßmoor (D). When and where do you have driven a Pulling Tractor for the first time?
Jannis Rüter: In Haßmoor 2016 with the old Green Monster in the 2.5t/5500lbs. Light Mod class (3rd Place finish). What was your biggest success?
Jannis Rüter: The victory in Haßmoor (D) and Edewecht (D) 2017. Which Pulling classes do you like too?
Jannis Rüter: Mini Modified, Light Modified, Modified, Heavy Modified and Super Stock. What was your biggest disapointment?
Jannis Rüter: broken sensor on Green Monster Stage 4 at the 2017 EC in Stroe (NL). Which things must be change in the future of the Tractor Pulling sport?
Jannis Rüter: More notoriety and TV appearances. What are your plans for the future in Tractor Pulling?
Jannis Rüter: Getting better and win more often. What was for you the most important moment in the sport?
Jannis Rüter: European Champion 2016 in the 3.5t/7700lbs. class with the Green Monster Stage 4. What was your favourite Pulling Tractor project in the workshop during a winter?  
Jannis Rüter: Overhaul and redesign the Green Monster Stage 4 after the 2016 European Championship title. Something you want to say?
Jannis Rüter: Thank you to all who make it such a great hobby ! Thank you for your time and good luck for the future ! 

Thursday, December 07, 2017

First Light Super Stock in Denmark

After 4 years Farm Stock Pulling in Denmark, the Stumper & Stykker Pulling Team around Chresten Christensen and Michael Simonsen from Vorning in Viborg, made the switch into Light Super Stock Pulling this season. In February 2014, they bought the old Zeinstra Welldone Deere (formerly Bits n´ Pieces of Willem Veldhuizen) of the Zeinstra Pulling Team from the Netherlands without the engine and drove that John Deere Tractor for 3 years in the Farm Stock competition in Denmark. In the winter of 2016 / 2017 Chresten and Micheal decieded to built a new engine on alcohol for the Tractor. The Light Super Stock got a turbocharged 6 cylinder John Deere engine with 7.6 l capacity. The engine has a JD stock block with new sleeves, a revised 55 Series JD cylinderhead with a camshaft from Jan Burggraf (New Generation Pulling Team) in the Netherlands, a counterweighted JD stock crank from the Neighbours Nightmare Pulling Team, special hardened rods from the USA and original JD pistons, a homemade intake and exhaust manifold, a Holset HX 82 turbocharger with 4.1" inch intake wheel, a Veldhuizen Special Product
(VSP) injection fuel system, a VSP fuel pump and homemade fuel tank. The new John Deere engine was built by Chresten Christensen and Michael Simonsen, together with the help of the Hvilsom Pulling Team (Elkaer Metal Boy Light Mod) from Hobro in Denmark. The Hvilsom Pulling Team helped also them to find the right setting for the engine. The Stumper & Stykker Pulling Team learned a lot of new things and made some nice passes in Denmark during the season of 2017, but also had some damages, like the blown intake manifold at the Danish Championship finals in Brande.
But this week, before the report went online on the pullingworld website, I´ve got a very sad and shocking message from Michael Simonsen. They had a fire in their workshop in Viborg 4 weeks ago. The result was, the completely workshop with the Light Super Stock Tractor burned down. The John Deere Tractor was in the fire completely destroyed and is not anymore to rescue. It´s a hard setback for the Danish Team after all those investments during the last winter. We hope the guys find the force and the money to built a new Pulling Tractor in the future !!!!
Workshop and the Tractor after the fire

New 600kg Modified Garden Puller of the Green Scare Team

From Ostbevern in Germany, the Green Scare Pulling Team are currently building on a new 600kg Modified Garden Puller Tractor for the 2018 season. Mathias Tewes started with the new project in Semptember of 2016. The new Tractor receive a new homemade 2mm steel wedge frame with a homemade ROP, a selfmade steering and a GM (General Motors) rearend.
The GM rear axle was shorted and received a GM differential with modified gears, a original center section and increased half shafts with modified gears. The gearbox of the Garden Puller comes out of an old Volvo Amazon car and has a rebuilt input and output shaft. The new ride also gets a homemade driveline with a self built steel driveline protection, a 3 disc Tilton centrifugal clutch with a size of 7.25´´ inch and a homemade steel bell housing. The new homemade fenders were made from aluminium. The German Team purchased for their new project a set of new polished Real Wheel rims with Cepek Giant Puller tires from the USA.
The new 600kg Modified will powered by a turbocharged 6 cylinder VW VR6 engine with 2.8l capacity on methanol. The new power plant has a VR6 engine block with orginal sleeves, a stock crackshaft with original
VR6 rods and pistons, a revised VW VR6 cylinder head with stock camshafts, a homemade intake and exhaust manifold, a Garret GT35 turbocharger with a homemade air intake funnel and a selfmade steel turbo protection, a stock oil pump, a homemade fuel tank with a FueLab 530 fuel pump and a KDFI control module.
The Green Scare Pulling Team will compete with their new Tractor in the German Championship next year. The maiden run of the new 600kg Modified Garden Puller is currently planned for the 14th of April 2018 in Holzheim, Germany.

for further information, check here:

Hella Lambada sold !

The old Dutch Mini Modified Tractor called ,,Hella Lambada 9" of the Dingerink Family from Zwolle is sold. The Mini was sold without the V8 Hemi engine to a new Team somewhere in Europe. In the package were also included the carbon fiber fenders and the Real Wheel aluminium rims with the Pioneer Puller tires. Who the new owner of the Chassis is, isn't known at the moment. The Lambada Pulling Team built that Tractor in the Winter of 2012/2013 and drove for 2 years in the USA. In 2015, the Tractor returned to Europe and received with Hella a new main sponsor and a new look. In 2017, after the Dutch Grand National round in Stroe, the old chassis was replaced by a new chassis with a Vreeman planetaries rearend.

For further information, check here:

Danish Champions 2017

950kg / 2095lbs. Mini Modified: Wild Toy

2.5t / 5500lbs. Light Modified: Black Power 

3.5t / 7700lbs. Pro Stock: John Deere 2

3.5t / 7700lbs. Super Stock: Rabbit Gn Wild 

3.6t / 7930lbs. Farm Stock: Krone Red Lightning

3.5t / 7700lbs. Modified: Black Power 

3.5t / 7700lbs Light Super Stock: Stumper & Stykker

4.2t / 9260lbs. Heavy Modified: Beautiful Noise

4.5t / 9920lbs. Farm Stock: John 1 Extreme Edition

4t / 8820lbs. B-Divison Modified: Big Boss


Congratulations to all 2017 Danish Champions !

The complete 2017 point standings, check here:

Friday, December 01, 2017

Q & A with Patrick van Strien

Patrick van Strien, 43 years old from Nieuwendijk in the Netherlands. Patrick is one of the founding members of the International Tractor Pulling website called ,,´´ and the ETPC website called ,,´´. In the past, he also made the videos and pictures for those websites. Currently Patrick is a Team member of the Dutch Mini Modified Team called ,,Gompie´´ and he´s helping the Team with the electronics, motor tuning and CAD design. What are you doing in your normal life?
Patrick van Strien: I am a co-owner and founder of an IT company called ,,BizBloqs´´. We build and implement workflow based Warehouse Management Systems for small and medium businesses. What do you like to do in your free time, except Tractor Pulling?
Patrick van Strien: Besides the busy work and Tractor Pulling, I try to spend time with my wife and 2 children. In the summer I work in my big garden. Mowing the grass (on former Garden Puller) and taking care of the fruit and vegetables we grow ourselves. Then if possible, I continue work on our house that is over 100 years old. We rebuilt most of it ourselves about 10 years ago and it’s never finished. What do you like about Tractor Pulling?
Patrick van Strien: Two things I like most: Knowing so many people from all over the world. Sharing knowledge and just having a good time. Second, of course, I very much like the technical things we all try to accomplish. I always think: “That’s all we can do with it”, but after a while we see new improvements and keep getting better at it. Looking at old pictures and videos, you realize how much this sport is making progress. What was your first Tractor Pulling event?
Patrick van Strien: That must have been somewhere in the 80’s when my dad took me to “Papendrecht” in the Netherlands. It was one of Gerrit Alting’s events I think. I was very young back then and don’t remember much. Sometime later I went to the Flevohof (NL) and Meerkerk (NL) with my school friends. That’s when we got “hooked”. What is your favourite Event / Pulling track?
Patrick van Strien: That must be Made (NL). That’s nearby where I live. It is so very big that you never get bored. On the other hand, I very much like Füchtorf (D). It was my first foreign event. Just one track, but still everything’s there. That makes it very a pure event. When and where do you have driven a Pulling Tractor for the first time?
Patrick van Strien: That was at Füchtorf (D). Sascha Mecking and me had 2 Garden Pullers. We drove a “Super Stock“ alkyburner and a lawnmower. The lawnmower is still mowing grass in my backyard. Later on we built a Minipuller that we got to the track at Anholt (D). Unfortunately it never made real pull. What was your biggest success?
Patrick van Strien: That was not really on the track, but besides the track. From 1993 to 2003 I did a lot of video and writing for my own website. Later on I have built the ETPC and pullingworld websites and made them a great success.
With the Gompie Team that I am in now, it was becoming European Champion in 2005. Which Pulling classes do you like too?
Patrick van Strien: I must say I like something of every class. They all have something that makes them unique and interesting. It can be the super tuned single engine on a Super Stock, or the roughness of an Unlimited Modified. Over the years I have worked with all kinds of Teams when I was building dataloggers and go to know what is special about every class. Now that I am in a Mini tTeam for a while, I must say this is the most challenging of all and I like that the most. What was your biggest disappointment?
Patrick van Strien: In Tractor pulling, there are many disappointments that you have to deal with. If you try something new, it’s always destined to fail. I guess it was my own mini that we had put so much work in, that didn’t get to pull as most disappointing. Which things must be change in the future of the Tractor Pulling sport?
Patrick van Strien: I think a challenge is to keep the sport interesting for everyone. It’s hard for associations and teams to separate their own interests from that of others. What is good for you, might not be good for everybody else. On the other hand, it does not hurt you to listen to someone else’s opinion and think it through together, before you say no (and didn’t really listen). At least talk about it and tell others why you didn’t go with it. Communication prevents a lot if rumors. What are your plans for the future in Tractor Pulling?
Patrick van Strien: For now, keep working with the Gompie Team. I have a good time with them and I like trying the impossible with that machine. What was the most important moment in tractor pulling for you?
Patrick van Strien: I can’t really name one special moment. I think the most important moments is when something you’ve worked hard for works out. That is something simple like making a good run when you didn’t expect it to happen. It can be your own, or somebody else’s result that makes you “feel the moment”. What was your favourite Pulling Tractor project in the workshop during a winter?  
Patrick van Strien: I think my most favorite is going to happen this winter. We’re building a new Tractor and for the first time, I did a lot of CAD work for it. We really hope to make a good step forward now we are using these tools. Something you want to say?
Patrick van Strien: I’d like to thank the pullingworld crew for doing this interview with me. It feels like my own son is asking his “old daddy” to talk about himself. It feels respected and it’s nice to look back and relive those memories. Thank you for your time and good luck for the future !   

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The new Indifferent Deere V2.0

After almost 1 year of building, the new John Deere Component Super Stock Tractor of the Indifferent Deere Pulling Team from Herning in Denmark is ready. The new Component Tractor received a Domex wedge frame with a chrome-moly Rollcage of the old Double D from Willem Veldhuizen, a homemade hydraulic power steering, a Rockwell rear axle housing, John Deere 6000/8000 series aluminium fenders and a new John Deere 7310R sheet metal hood. The groundwork on the Chassis and the rearend was made by Willem Veldhuizen and his Crew of Veldhuizen Special Product from Loosdrecht, in the Netherlands. The rest of the welding work on the chassis were made by the Danish Team himself in their workshop in Herning. The new hood basic on the current John Deere 7R series.
The Danish Team bought for the new vehicle a set of used Midwest aluminium rims with cut Firestone Puller 2000 HP tires.
The rearend of the new John Deere has a Rockwell SQHD center section with a Rockwell diff, a Rockwell SQHD ring and pinion gear, a single wheel brake system and aluminium planetary carrier housing with special made Mercedes planetaries.
The Super Stock also got a SCS reverser with a homemade driveline, a Crower centrifugal clutch with 5 discs and a Browell aluminium clutch bell housing.
The new Indifferent Deere V2.0 is powered by a 6 cylinder John Deere engine with 10l capacity on alcohol fuel. The JD power plant was took over from the old Indifferent Deere Pulling Tractor and received a new crankshaft. The engine has a 4255 JD block with a aluminium head, 3 Holset turbochargers, a homemade intake and exhaust manifold, a self built fuel tank, a MSD 8 ignition and a homemade data logger with a engine control system. The JD engine should make around 3000 HP.
The Indifferent Deere Pulling Team will compete in the Danish Championship and on some Show Pulls in Europe next season.
The maiden voyage of the new Indifferent Deere V2.0 Component Super Stock is planned for the 27th of January 2017 at the Indoor Pull in Zwolle, the Netherlands.

For further information, check here:

The new Blue Attraction

After 8 years in the 500kg Modified class and a German Championship title in 2015, Thorsten Schlarbaum from Aurich in Germany has built a completely new Garden Puller Tractor for the new 600kg Modified class during the winter of 2016/2017. The Tractor got a completely new St52 tube frame with a St52 Rollcage, a homemade hydraulic steering and a Ford Transit rearend. The new homemade fenders were built from aluminum. The new Rollcage for the Mod was bent and welded by Jan-Patrick Mikkosek (driver of the 600kg Compact Diesel called ,,Screamin´ International´´)  from Neumünster in Germany. Thorsten bought for his new Tractor a set of new Real Wheel rims with cut Cepek tires. The rearend is a Ford Transit / Suzuki combination with homemade parts. The rear axle also received special built spindles by Roland van Dongen from the Netherlands and homemade aluminium planetary carrier housing with MF 135 (Massey Ferguson) planetaries. The reverser is homemade with Lenco parts and the driveline to the rear axle is made from articulated shaft profile of a hay tedder.
The centrifugal clutch of the Mod is a 3 disc 7.5´´ inch Tilton clutch with a homemade fly wheel and a homemade steel clutch bell housing.
The new Blue Attraction is powered by an 5 cylinder Audi TDI engine with 2.5l capacity on diesel fuel. The engine comes out of an Audi A6 car. The engine has a Audi stock block with a stock crank, BFS rods and revised Audi pistons, ARP stand bolt, a homemade intake and exhaust manifold, a Holset HX 52 turbocharger, a homemade wastegate with Arlows parts, a Audi cylinder head with bigger valves and a BFS billet Stage 1 camshaft, a Bosch A fuel pump with 5 elements and a RSV regulator, a self built belt drive, homemade injection nozzles, a homemade 2 stage water pump and a homemade fuel and water tank. The Audi cylinder head also was revised by BFS airflow-research in Dronten, the Netherlands. The engine makes around 7500 rpm with this setup.
Thorsten was happy with his first season in the 600kg Modified class. He made a lots of nice passes with the Tractor, but also had some technical issues with the clutch during the season, what cost him the German Championship title in the end. The biggest success for him was the 2nd place finish at the European Championship in France this year. He´s currently working on a new lighter and improved 25CrMo4 tube frame for the 2018 season.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Q & A with Sascha Mecking

Sascha Mecking, 42 years old from Westerstede in Germany. Sascha was the former boss and one of the founding members of the international Tractor Pulling website called ,,". In his early years, he was a lot on the road with the Green Monster Pulling Team from Füchtorf in Germany and helped them a lot in technical issues and developments on the Allison powered Tractors called ,,Green Monster" and ,,Green Fighter". Currently he's the vice president of the German Tractor Pulling Association (DTTO) and working on his own Limited Mod Tractor. What are you doing in your normal life?
Sascha Mecking: I do everything technical / export shipping / IT first level support and work safety at Dostofarm GmbH. Check! What do you like to do in your free time, except Tractor Pulling?
Sascha Mecking: There is not much free time left to be honest. I like my classic rock music and to help at our local motorsports club. What do you like about Tractor Pulling?
Sascha Mecking: Meeting all those people and to learn something new about engines all the time! What was your first Tractor Pulling event?
Sascha Mecking: Good Question.. sometime in the late 1970s. I was too young too remember. What is your favourite Event / Pulling track?
Sascha Mecking: Made (NL), Füchtorf (D) and a lot of smaller events with good tracks and a quick running show! When and where have you driven a Pulling Tractor for the first time?
Sascha Mecking: The first puller I built that I could actually sit on was my „Tiny Temptation“ Garden Puller in 1998. So it must have been at Füchtorf (D) that year. What was your biggest success?
Sascha Mecking: German Champion in Garden Pulling 1998 probably sounds best on paper. The ones I was most happy with, was winning German Champion with a Lego Puller in 1987 and the first titles with the Green Monster Team after a long time without winning anything major for a few years in the late 90s and early 2000. Which Pulling classes do you like, too?
Sascha Mecking: I like anything with close competition, variety and creativity! What was your biggest disappointment?  
Sascha Mecking: That EC in Füchtorf (D) where we broke the third Rockwell ring and pinion on the Green Fighter pretty much in a row. That was frustrating because we had everything right and then a part, that by then we didn’t know how to improve on, just kept busting. That kind of torque into the rear end we already had back then (15 years ago) is still not matched by many these days. Which things must be changed in the future of the Tractor Pulling sport?
Sascha Mecking: I think here in Europe we need to understand, that we on one side need a „top level with anything goes“ show but, and I think that’s as important, a competition for „members“ who can’t afford to spend the value of a house on a pulling tractor. Competing members make the best fans and bring the sport to a wide audience. They are the entry step for new teams, new events and new fans. What are your plans for the future in Tractor Pulling?
Sascha Mecking: Get my own tractor to run and see how far I can get with that. I would like to show people it’s not THAT difficult to build a pulling tractor and that they can do it, too. If one day I can load that thing behind an RV and travel around with it and motivate young people to get into the sport, I am happy. What was for you the most important moment in the sport?
Sascha Mecking: The day they introduced limits to the Modified classes with the intention to make it „fair“ and „affordable“, when, the way they were done,  all they did was to force people to always have the latest and greatest technology, totally killed creativity and turned it all expensive. As you can tell, I don’t mean this in a positive way. It’s often cheaper to have one more engine on the chassis and them all in a „mild“ tune instead of one less and all set on kill. What was your favourite Pulling Tractor project in the workshop during a winter?   
Sascha Mecking: For sure not my current project. I prefer to tinker with adjustments and setups much more than building them! Something you want to say?
Sascha Mecking: Yes - make sure we keep the variety in the mod classes. If the crowd can only tell the tractors apart in their paint job, they won’t pay to watch that show. Watch the crowd heading for the food stands in the US when the mods hit the track while here they pack the stands when a class with lots of different engine combinations goes down the track. Thank you for your time and good luck for the future !