Friday, March 16, 2018

Q & A with Charles Pelletier

Charles Pelletier, 51 years old from St. Armand, Quebec in Canada. Charles is the owner and driver of the John Deere 8345R Component Pro Stock Tractor called ,,CP Dream 2". He´s also the 2017 NTPA Grand National Champion of the 10000lbs. Pro Stock division. What are you doing in your normal life?
Charles Pelletier: I am the owner of a limestone quarry in St-Armand, Qc. - Concassage Pelletier Inc. – that extracts, transforms and sells limestone and OMYA Agrodol-SA (40% Magnesium Agricultural Dolomitic Limestone) High-quality, natural mineral to condition and enrich crop soil, produced under strict ISO 9001:2008 quality standards. What do you like to do in your free time, except Tractor Pulling?
Charles Pelletier: I am a vintage chainsaw collector, I love spending time with my family and grandkids, and workout 3-5 times a week. What do you like about Tractor Pulling?
Charles Pelletier: I love the family ambience, the competition and the adrenaline rush. Tractor Pulling is like being part of a huge Family. What was your first Tractor Pulling event?
Charles Pelletier: My first Tractor Pulling event was the Casselman Super Pull in Ontario with the ASTTQ (Association Sportive de Tire de Tracteurs du Québec). What is your favourite Event / Pulling track?
Charles Pelletier: My favorite track is Chapel Hill, Tennessee. The folks at Lions Super Pull are genuinely good people and take really good care of us and it’s the perfect track for Super Stock. When and where do you have driven a Pulling Tractor for the first time?
Charles Pelletier: My first Pulling experience was at Expo Bedford Fair in Bedford, Québec around 1983. I pulled with a 135 White. What was your biggest success?
Charles Pelletier: My biggest accomplishment has to be winning the 50th Anniversary Bowling Green and becoming the NTPA 2017 Grand Champion. It’s more than a dream! Which Pulling classes do you like too?
Charles Pelletier: Aside from my Pro Stock, I love the Super Stock Diesel. What was your biggest disappointment?
Charles Pelletier: Never having been able to touch the sand in Louisville, Kentucky…. But, I will someday, for sure! Which things must be changed in the future of the Tractor Pulling sport?
Charles Pelletier: I think finding a way to get bigger sponsors so that prize winnings are higher would be something to work on. The cost of participating/building these Tractors has gotten to be so high that I fear interest in the sport may decline because of discouraged participants. It would help guarantee the future of the sport. What are your plans for the future in Tractor Pulling?
Charles Pelletier: My goal for 2018 is to have a repeat and defend my title, something that hasn't happened in the Pro Stock circuit in a very long time. It will be an awesome challenge for me! What was for you the most important moment in the sport?
Charles Pelletier: When the association realized the importance of safety in the sport and imposed rules and regulations to protect participants, their teams and fans alike (roll cages, seat belts, helmets, transmission and clutch guards, etc.) You shouldn’t have to worry about your safety when practicing a sport. What was your favourite Pulling Tractor project in the workshop during a winter?
Charles Pelletier: Building my first CP Dream I Tractor in Bedford, Québec in 2006. Something you want to say?  
Charles Pelletier: I’d like to mention my wife and best friend, Linda, who is always there to push me to persevere and to support me no matter what. A great big thanks to the best mechanics there are and my best buddies, the guys at Shipley Tractor Equipment: Josh, Russel and Tim. They’ve always believed in me. I hope the sport will continue for a long time and that there will be successors for generations to come. Thank you for your time and good luck this year !  

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