Friday, February 24, 2017

Q & A with Renate van Riet

Renate van Riet, 24 years old from Made in the Netherlands. She´s the driver of the New Holland Component Pro Stock Tractor called ,,Blue Hazard´´. Renate is the daughter of Jack van Riet, the owner and former full time driver of the Pro Stock Tractor ,,Blue Hazard´´. What are you doing in your normal life?
Renate van Riet: I’m working as a dietitian with elderly people, mostly during their revalidation process. Next to that, last year I started my own private practice as a dietitian in my hometown. What do you like to do in your free time, except Tractor Pulling?
Renate van Riet: I like to sport (soccer, running, spinning), see my Friends and Family and off course, work. But the free time is really rare as every Tractor Puller knows! What do you like on Tractor Pulling? 
Renate van Riet: Being with my Family and Friends and work together on the best possible result. I also love the tension, nervousness and sociability on every event. What was your first Tractor Pulling event? 
Renate van Riet: I don’t remember. My dad started building since I wasn’t even born. When he started to pull I was 2 years old. My Dad just told me that my first event was the event in Rucphen ’94 (NL) and off course also the first Pull of our Team. The name was Renegade. Named after me). What is your favourite Event / Pulling track?
Renate van Riet: Made’s Powerweekend (NL)! Off course. My hometown! When and where do you have driven a Pulling Tractor for the first time?
Renate van Riet: Tractor Pulling Erichem 2011. What was your biggest success?
Renate van Riet: 3rd place Grand-National Stroe (NL) 2014. Which Pulling classes do you like too?
Renate van Riet: Super Stock and Light Modified. What was your biggest disappointment? 
Renate van Riet: Crossing the white line is the worst thing ever. Also the small mechanic problems are really disappointing. Which things must be change in the future of the Tractor Pulling sport?
Renate van Riet: I think the most important thing is that people should remember that we make this sport beautiful together! We need everyone and that shouldn’t be forgotten. What's your plans for the future in Tractor Pulling? 
Renate van Riet: I hope we can maintain the position we have in the Grand-National competition. Sometimes we can scare the guys in the top 3 and at the end we love the middle position in the competition. What was for you the most important moment in the sport? 

Renate van Riet: My most important moment was the moment when I figured out it was my time to drive the Tractor. I was working on the Tractor together with my Dad, when he started to tell my how the gears are working. I asked him why he was telling me and then he told me that it was my time to Pull. I ran inside our house and asked my Mom and she told me that my Dad was telling the truth. My dream came true! What was your favourite Pulling Tractor project in the workshop during a winter?    
Renate van Riet: Working on our new Truck. We bought an Volvo FH12, 18.75 m long. The first part is only living and the back part is only for the Tractor. We are working on it now and we are really proud on this! Thank you for your time and good luck! 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Changes on Jordan Lustik´s Silver Bullet

After 13 years with the same look, the Agco Component Super Stock Open Tractor called ,,Silver Bullet" of Jordan Lustik from Eighty-Four, Pennsylvania in the USA received some big changes during the winter. The Tractor was completely rebuilt during the last months. The Team have rebuilt the rearend, re-fabricated the frame entirely and worked to gain moveable weight toward the front end. Jordan and his crew hopes to get a better balance after those changes. Last but not least the chassis got a new paintjob.
The V8 CAT powered Super Stock got a new Agco sheet metal hood with a completely new design. The hood of the Tractor come from the latest Agco DT 275 series.
The new chrome design for the Silver Bullet was made by Jeremy Lemmons from Rushville, Indiana. He's a long time fan of the Super Stock and a part-time crew member of the Silver Bullet Pulling Team.
The 3208 Caterpillar V8 engine also was revised and got some internal improvements. The engine received a new Holset turbocharger setup with a new homemade exhaust manifold and new homemade carbon fiber cylinderhead valve covers. 
The Silver Bullet Pulling Team will compete with their V8 CAT powered Super Stock Open Tractor again in the NTPA Grand National Championship this year.

Green Gangster Deere at the NFMS Pull 2017

The Zeinstra Pulling Team from Oudenkerk aan de Amstel had a little bit of bad luck with their John Deere 5020 Component Super Stock Tractor called ,,Green Gangster Deere" at the Thursday Session of the 49th NFMS Pull in Louisville, Kentucky in the USA last week. Driver Rowan Zeinstra made a great start with his Tractor and was with a good speed and good balance on the Freedom Hall track underway to a good result. But short before the sand pile, one of the 4 turbochargers on the JD engine blew up in smoke. The distance of 214.733 feet wasn’t good enough for the Finals on Saturday Night. Rowan came 28cm too short for the finals. The winner of the 8000lbs Super Stock Alcohol class in this session was Brent Payne from Hamilton, Ohio with the Agco Tractor called ,,Galot 1", runner up position went to the current NTPA Grand National Champion John Strickland from Clinton, North Carolina with ,,Galot 2" and in 3rd was Josh Blackbourn from Newton, Wisconsin with his Case IH Super Stock Tractor  called ,,Armed & Dangerous International Threat".
All in all, the Dutch Team was a little bit disappointed, but also happy on the other site, because they were onlly around 3m behind the later winner in this class.

The Zeinstra Pulling Team would also like to give a big thanks to Brent Payne (Gene's Machine Shop) for the support and help during the time !

2017 NFMS Pull winners

7500lbs Modified Tractors: Lucas Oil Green Streak

9300lbs Super Farm Tractors: Top Priority

6200lbs TWD Modified Trucks: Thor

8200lbs Super Stock Tractors: Triple Bypass

8000lbs Super Stock Alcohol Tractors: Armed & Dangerous International Threat

10200lbs Pro Stock Tractors: TS Performance Young Buck

Friday, February 17, 2017

This Week !

Q & A with Ivar Lycke

Ivar Lycke, from Kirkeby in Denmark. Ivar was many years the ETPC flagman on the European Championships and Euro Cup rounds. He retired as ETPC flagman in May 2015. What are you doing in your normal life?
Ivar Lycke: I started a new job recently, and am now back to where I started my farming career in 1975.  I’m herding pigs, not out in the field, but in stables. I work for a company called Breeders of Denmark, who is selling breeding pigs worldwide.  There will also be some trucking to do later, when I get the education to transport animals! I have a bus driver’s license, and can transport people, but have to make a special course to be allowed to transport pigs!! (O; What do you like to do in your free time, except Tractor Pulling?
Ivar Lycke: I like doing nothing in my free time, relaxing and being with the Family. That is also what I’m doing, but there are always things to do when you have a house and garden! What do you like on Tractor Pulling?
Ivar Lycke: I like the noise, the smell, and the people around Tractor Pulling. Well a beer or two is also not a bad deal! What was your first Tractor Pulling event?   
Ivar Lycke: My first event was at a fair in North Dakota USA in 1983. Not a very big show, but I was hooked. The first show I saw back in Denmark was at the local fairground, where the German Tractor Gold Digger and the German Sledge made a show. Wow, that was spectacular! Cant remember what year, but in the mid- late eighties. What is your favourite Event / Pulling track? 
Ivar Lycke: Uhh, difficult to say for sure, but I tend to say Made (NL). What an event, but also F├╝chtorf (D) and Putten (NL) are making good shows. Bernay (F) is my audience favorite! Always spectacular to be able to hear the audience cheer, through the roar of a bunch of V8 racing engines. All places have their own specialty, and atmosphere! When and where do you have driven a Pulling Tractor for the first time?
Ivar Lycke: I drove my/our own Tractor called ,,Green Hope´´ for the first time in Herning (DK), but did not have the best of luck. Two times I drove the Green Hope, and wrecked it both times! Not good, so I was fired as driver, and my partner Bjarne took over the steeringwheel, and is still going on, now as a Farmstock 3600kg. Can’t remember what year it was, that we came out the first time. The late 90s?? What was your biggest success?
Ivar Lycke: Ha ha, see the answer to question 6!! Which Pulling classes do you like too?
Ivar Lycke: I like Farm and Pro Stock for the smoke and smell, and the Light Modified’s for the many different engine types. What was your biggest disappointment? 
Ivar Lycke: I don’t really have any BIG disappointments, but breaking our tractor was no fun. )O: In my flagman career, it was always a disappointment when pullers started arguing about decisions made, or track or whatever! I hated that! Which things must be change in the future of the Tractor Pulling sport?
Ivar Lycke: Huh, that is a difficult question. Smile some more, and have fun! Not so many stupid comments on Facebook or other social medias!! What's your plans for the future in Tractor Pulling? 
Ivar Lycke: Enjoying being a spectator, and help my good friend Bjarne with Green Hope, whenever he needs me! What was for you the most important moment in the sport?  
Ivar Lycke: Lying on my back and watch Green Spirit IV and the Sledge pass me within a meter, and survive! In Bernay (F) I believe it was, and it was in the early start of my flagman periode, and I was walking/running backwards, and tripped over a chunck of dirt. Boom, there I was! Never walked backwards again! What was your favourite Pulling Tractor project in the workshop during a winter?   
Ivar Lycke: I don’t have any projects in the workshop during the winter, other than drinking a beer or two when visiting friends that are working. Important to be well trained till the outdoor season starts again. In the older days, the first startup of our Tractor was a BIG day! Something you want to say?
Ivar Lycke: Not really, other than good luck to all pullers and fans, and may our beloved sport stay strong and alive! Thank you for your time and good luck!