Friday, April 21, 2017

Q & A with Ulf Schnackenberg

Ulf Schnackenberg, 44 years old from Oldendorf in Germany. Ulf is one of the most known Tractor Pulling commentators in Europe and he´s announced Tractor Pulling events in Germany for 25 years. His late father Johann Schnackenberg also was the President of the German Tractor Pulling Association ,,DTTO´´ for many years. What are you doing in your normal life?
Ulf Schnackenberg: Sales manager at one of the largest used Car dealers in Europe. What do you like to do in your free time, except Tractor Pulling?
Ulf Schnackenberg: Cycling, travel and spending a lot of time with the Family, because I spend many weekends on the road for the commentating in the summer. What do you like on Tractor Pulling?
Ulf Schnackenberg: The sound, the power and the people who run the sport, it is like in a big Family no matter in which country you visit a Tractor Pulling event. What was your first Tractor Pulling event?
Ulf Schnackenberg: 1981 in Sottrum (D) as a small boy at the age of 9, my father was an active competitor in the Standard class. In 1982, my Family organized their first pulling event in Oldendorf (D). What is your favourite Event / Pulling track?
Ulf Schnackenberg: In the 90s Sottrum (D), Oldendorf (D) and the Windenhof (F). From 2000 Bettborn (LUX) and today it is the big German events like Füchtorf, Hassmoor, Edewecht and of course Grimmen, which I myself organize as a promoter. When and where do you have driven a Pulling Tractor for the first time?
Ulf Schnackenberg: Although I am announcing at Tractor Pulls for 25 years, I have never even driven a Pulling Tractor on the track. I comment with passion at the events and try to inspire the audience for the sport. What was your biggest success?
Ulf Schnackenberg: As announcer on the European Championship 2012 in Füchtorf (D) from the mood in the audience one of the best EC events of the last 35 years. But of course also the events as a promoter in Oldendorf (D) and in Grimmen (D) with the two Euro Cup races and today's night pull Which Pulling classes do you like too? 
Ulf Schnackenberg: I really like all classes each has its attraction and my enthusiasm is always controlled by the audience with today's TWD and tomorrow's Heavy Modified or Farm Pulling class. Many fans say the Super Stock class is my favorite class, but it's because there are so many riders with whom I can make a great show on the track as an announcer. I love all classes where tractors compete with Rolls Royce Griffon engines. What was your biggest disappointment? 
Ulf Schnackenberg: The Turbine accident with the Whispering Giant in Edewecht (D) in the late 90s. I had thought about stopping to announce. Today I'm glad I did not do it, otherwise I would not have experienced so many beautiful moments in the past 25 years and met so many great people in all of Europe. Which things must change in the future of the Tractor Pulling sport?

Ulf Schnackenberg: I think that we need even more short compact events with max. 4 classes, the same as in Grimmen (D), Edewecht (D) or indoors. The classes must differ from the other strongly Heavy Modified and Light Modified therefore I see in the future also only the 4.2t & 2.8t Modified as classes. In addition, an event need a Super Stock or Pro Stock and Mini Mod or TWD or a Farm Pulling or Truck class depending on the event location. The audience does not want to see a Tractor 4 times on the track without a change. People want to be entertained in their spare time and that is short and compact. One or the other driver working with the audience I would personally like to be a moderator. What's your plans for the future in Tractor Pulling?
Ulf Schnackenberg: A few great years as a comentator on the pulling tracks with DJ Dan experience. With him, I have found a new great partner, who announces Tractor Pulling with as much passion and love as I've been doing for 25 years. What was for you the most important moment in the sport?
Ulf Schnackenberg: Actually, it is always the moment after the first pull at an event when I notice all this is working, sledge, track, tractor, PA and the spectators cheer and clap for the first time. Boy boy boy this is the madness from there I am 8 hours in a tunnel and it runs cold down my back I love this moment. Something you want to say? 
Ulf Schnackenberg: I would also like to thank Team Oldendorf for the support and many great years. But also to my father, who has stuffed the microphone into my hand at the first event in Grimmen (D) just 25 years ago with the words ,,you are doing this´´ and my uncle Erich who took me as co moderator in the 90s. Without theymI would never have become an announcer. Thank you !
Such a long time is of course only possible if the family accepts and shares the hobby. Only in this way was it possible for me to moderate over 200 Tractor Pulling events in Europe over the past 25 years. Thank you I love you. Thank you for your time and good luck! 

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