Friday, January 12, 2018

Q & A with Erik van Oosterhout

Erik van Oosterhout, 48 years old from Made, in the Netherlands. Erik is one of the most known Tractor Pulling announcers in the Netherlands. He's announcing almost all Dutch Grand National Championship rounds in the Netherlands. Erik also is one of the organizers of the biggest Tractor Pulling events in Europe, his home pull in Made. What are you doing in your normal life?
Erik van Oosterhout: I’m a dairy farmer. My wife Lisette and I are milking for about 95 cows together with our sons Nick (12) and Ron (10) and with the help of Family and some employees. The Farm is called ‘Kaasboerderij ‘t Bosch’ with means in English we’re a cheesefarm. A small amount of the milk is processed on the Farm to Farmhouse cheese and we sell it to customers in the Farmshop. For tourists we can do tours on the Farm and we’re specialized in Christmas gifts, all related to cheese and farm produced stuff. What do you like to do in your free time, except Tractor Pulling?
Erik van Oosterhout: Not too much, farming gives us more than a week work and Tractor Pulling comes on top of that. Made's Powerweekend is held on our own property, so it takes some weeks around the event and to plan the work and Farm around it. What do you like about Tractor Pulling?
Erik van Oosterhout: Well… everything, mostly the crowd, the people. But the teams , different events, different opinions, I like it all. Being an announcer is a marvelous job, but promote an event like Made with the rest of the Powerweekend Group is just great. What was your first Tractor Pulling event?
Erik van Oosterhout: Flevohof (NL) 1978. What is your favourite event / pulling track?
Erik van Oosterhout: Bettborn (LUX). But we try to learn from all other events. Of course I really enjoy our own event. When and where do you have driven a pulling tractor for the first time?
Erik van Oosterhout: I pulled once or twice in farm stock with farm tractors, and once I pulled a Pro Stock, great feeling. What was your biggest success?
Erik van Oosterhout: A few titles as a Pomotor of Made, of course with the whole group. And we got a place in the "Hall of Fame" of the NTTO last year. Great honor. Which pulling classes do you like too?
Erik van Oosterhout: As a Farmer I really like the hood classes, it gives you the most powerful feeling you can imagine as a tractor driver yourself. For the sport I like the Modified classes, especially the Light Mods with lots of various engine types. On the other hand I like to drive my Pick Up Truck, so I have something with TWD too. What was your biggest disappointment?
Erik van Oosterhout: We had to cancel big parts of our weekend once due to very bad weather, very difficult to recover from a disaster as a promoter. Which things must be change in the future of the Tractor Pulling sport?
Erik van Oosterhout: Most important thing is that the crowd comes and leaves the event with a very happy feeling, that gives us legislation to promote a new one. Further on it’s always good to have classes where new teams can start their career with a smaller wallet and lots of fun. What are your plans for the future in Tractor Pulling?
Erik van Oosterhout: Just keep up the work with announcing and promoting, great things in my life. What was for you the most important moment in the sport?
Erik van Oosterhout: Some special runs kept in my memory as well as some special people that came in my life because of the sport. What was your favourite Pulling Tractor project in the workshop during a winter?  
Erik van Oosterhout: About every winter I work on one of my own Deutz farm tractors here in the shed. But as an announcer, I like to drop in the workshop at several teams to see and hear what they are doing and improving. Something you want to say?
Erik van Oosterhout: Please keep the sport as an hobby for all of us. Of course show it professional but do know that almost nobody can live from it. Just see it as a party when we’re all together at a Pull. Play hard- party hard.
And, when I say something on the microphone you probably know better, please tell me and we tell the crowd so the good information is shown.
It’s just great to have so much friends in Pulling and feeling at home at almost every track over Europe. Special thanks to my colleagues and not to forget the PA people for the best support. Thank you for your time and good luck for the future! 

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