Friday, January 26, 2018

Q & A with Thomas Beattie

Thomas "Tom" Beattie, from Garstang in Great Britain. Thomas is one of the most known Tractor Pulling announcer in the UK. His late father Steve Beattie also was an Tractor Pulling announcer on BTPA Championship rounds. Tom also is a Team member of the BWA Pulling Team (Desperate Dan & Little Dan) and the chairman of the NWTPC who orgainise the Tractor Pull in Great Eccleston.

pullingworld.com: What are you doing in your normal life?
Thomas Beattie: I work as a production manager for a Sound, lighting, Av hire, sale and events company in the entertainment industry. Looking after events large and small over the country.

pullingworld.com: What do you like to do in your free time, except Tractor Pulling?
Thomas Beattie: Spending time with my wife and my young children. 

pullingworld.com: What do you like about Tractor Pulling?
Thomas Beattie: The Power, the ingenuity, the multiple motor combinations, the sound, the smell…

pullingworld.com: What was your first Tractor Pulling event?
Thomas Beattie: The royal show Stoneleigh (GB) 1982 (8 months old).

pullingworld.com: What is your favourite Event / Pulling track?
Thomas Beattie: Well it has to be Great Eccleston (GB)!! πŸ˜‰ But if I have to pick one that’s not my home one.. I have a soft spot for Zwolle (NL) and Made (NL).


pullingworld.com: When and where do you have driven a Pulling Tractor for the first time?
Thomas Beattie: I never have ☹ but there is time yet.. Anyone wants a hired gun I will have a go, and maybe do it with a microphone on me !

pullingworld.com: What was your biggest success?
Thomas Beattie: Being chairman of the committee that organized the 2016 European Championships.

pullingworld.com: Which Pulling classes do you like too?
Thomas Beattie: I like all the classes but the Mod classes are where my heart is.

pullingworld.com: What was your biggest disappointment?
Thomas Beattie: Whenever the crowd / audience are "disappointed". For whatever reason..  If it rains, lots of tractor breakages, so on .. and the show we put on is not good. After all without the crowd Pulling would be a very different thing 

pullingworld.com: Which things must be changed in the future of the Tractor Pulling sport?
Thomas Beattie: The Modified limits / Class need fixing Quick we have already lost to many fantastic machines, the problem is not a new one and has been getting worse not better we need to act soon to try to fix it. You can never stop the team with the most money being at the top, but every team should feel like they in with a chance of winning.

pullingworld.com: What are your plans for the future in Tractor Pulling?
Thomas Beattie: Keep developing the Great Eccleston Event to be the best it can be + help to increase the profile of Pulling in the UK and Europe the best I can. 

pullingworld.com: What was for you the most important moment in the sport?
Thomas Beattie: I have 2…
Nr.1- 2005 Desperate Dan winning the 4.5 Mod class European Championships at Great Eccleston (GB). I helped spanner with that team for many years and to be stood side of track with my late father commentating on
Desperate Dan winning a tight fought class.. It was something special.
 

Nr.2- 2009 Little Dan winning the Mini Euro Cup at Great Eccleston (GB) again the Team I helped with, this time commentating on my own. Trying to stay neutral and shout the same for every Tractor going down the track was hard that class 😊.

pullingworld.com: What was your favourite Pulling Tractor project in the workshop during a winter?
Thomas Beattie: Every project that brings a new machine into our sport 😊.

pullingworld.com: Something you want to say? 
Thomas Beattie: Just a big thank you to my wife and children who support me ! 

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








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