Friday, January 19, 2018

Q & A with Stefan Schwarz

Stefan Schwarz, 29 years old from Oberharmersbach, in Germany. Stefan is the driver of the Mini Mod Tractor called ,"Ghost Buster 5". He is the son of the former Mini Mod driver Eugen Schwarz and the nephew of Helmut Schwarz (former driver of Ghost Buster 1, 2 and 3). Stefan is also building Pulling parts for other Teams in Europe. His brother Matthias and his sister Katrin are also drivers of the Ghost Buster Mini Mod Tractors.

pullingworld.com: What are you doing in your normal life?
Stefan Schwarz: Industrial mechanic at an automotive supplier (maintenance of presses, coating equipment, hardness and annealing furnaces)

pullingworld.com: What do you like to do in your free time, except Tractor Pulling?
Stefan Schwarz: There is not much free time, otherwise I work in my small company (producing lathed- and milled parts), of course meeting friends and when it's Sunday time I also like to go watch Kart Racing.

pullingworld.com: What do you like about Tractor Pulling?
Stefan Schwarz: The huge variety of different drive systems, which makes every Tractor something special.

pullingworld.com: What was your first Tractor Pulling event?
Stefan Schwarz: I'm not sure (it's been so long ago :-D), but it must have been Eschach-Seifertshofen (D) in 1992.
  
pullingworld.com: What is your favourite Event / Pulling track?
Stefan Schwarz: In Germany, Füchtorf belongs to the most popular event, international of course Made (NL) and I would like to go to Bowling Green (USA) once.

pullingworld.com: When and where have you driven a Pulling Tractor for the first time?
Stefan Schwarz: My first event which I drove was in Schmachtenhagen (D) in 2004, but sadly I left the track just before the Full Pull.

pullingworld.com: What was your biggest success?
Stefan Schwarz: My greatest success was the German Championship title 2009.

pullingworld.com: Which Pulling classes do you like too?
Stefan Schwarz: I like to watch all classes, with my enthusiasm of the 2,5t Light Modified being the highest.

pullingworld.com: What was your biggest disappointment?
Stefan Schwarz: The big engine failure at Ghost Buster 4 in Anholt (D) 2017.

pullingworld.com: Which things must be changed in the future of the Tractor Pulling sport?
Stefan Schwarz: I hope the National Federations find a solution to the weight limits of the Heavy Modified, because unless a long-term solution is found soon, I see the class dying out, which would be a pity for the "premier class".

pullingworld.com: What are your plans for the future in Tractor Pulling?
Stefan Schwarz: To help teams with the production of parts that do not have the necessary resources for the realization of their project and of course to develop our tractors in the best possible way

pullingworld.com: What was for you the most important moment in the sport?
Stefan Schwarz: There were many important moments, because every victory or title was a special moment, but the most exciting was of course the first engine start of the new Ghost Buster 5.

pullingworld.com: What was your favourite Pulling Tractor project in the workshop during a winter?
Stefan Schwarz: The most important / most special project was certainly the construction of the Ghost Buster 5, but that was 2 winters and 2 summers ;-). Through all the work we had this time, starting from the CAD design of the whole parts to the parts programming (CAD / CAM) to the production of the parts, you have learned things that you can finally be a bit proud of because you can say: We have done everything ourselves from A-Z. 

pullingworld.com: Something you want to say?
Stefan Schwarz: I find it admirable to see how teams help each other, whether through project design advice, borrowing parts and tools or by active support in case of problems, when it is burning there is always someone there who helps. Without this community of teams, the sport would certainly not be what it is today, and Tractor Pulling Sport is also admired by other sports.

pullingworld.com: Thank you for your time and good luck this year ! 

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