Friday, March 23, 2018

Q & A with Tom Westdorp

Tom Westdorp, 46 years old from Terneuzen, in the Netherlands. Tom is the current 2nd ETPC flagman at the European Championships and the Euro Cup rounds in Europe.

pullingworld.com: What are you doing in your normal life?
Tom Westdorp: I’m a security guard at a big American company which makes food products.

pullingworld.com: What do you like to do in your free time, except Tractor Pulling?
Tom Westdorp: Most of my free time I like to spend with my family and friends.

pullingworld.com: What do you like about Tractor Pulling?
Tom Westdorp: The friendship, noise, power….. what’s not to like about Tractor Pulling.

pullingworld.com: What was your first Tractor Pulling event?
Tom Westdorp: Kapelle-Biezelinge (NL). A Pull not far from where I live. Me and some friends went there with our Mopeds.

pullingworld.com: What is your favourite Event / Pulling track?
Tom Westdorp: Every Pull has something special. But if I have to pick a favorite it’s Made in Holland. Bernay (F) is also very nice and very special.

pullingworld.com: When and where do you have flagged a Pulling event for the first time?
Tom Westdorp: For NTTO I think it was in 2009 in Stroe (NL). For ETPC it was in Bernay (F) in 2014.

pullingworld.com: What was your biggest success?
Tom Westdorp: To become a flagman for ETPC and NTTO.

pullingworld.com: Which Pulling classes do you like too?
Tom Westdorp: I like them all, but I have a weakness for the Mini Unlimited. They evolved so much in the last couple of years.

pullingworld.com: What was your biggest disappointment?
Tom Westdorp: It was a very big disappointment to cancel the Pull in Brande (DK) last year. I hope that we never have to do that again. So sad to see the tears with the promoter who did everything in their power.

pullingworld.com: Which things must be changed in the future of the Tractor Pulling sport?
Tom Westdorp: We have to communicate better which each other. Stop complaining about everything and come with a solution.

pullingworld.com: What are your plans for the future in Tractor Pulling?
Tom Westdorp: Keep on flagging, for both ETPC and NTTO, I hope.

pullingworld.com: What was for you the most important moment in the sport?
Tom Westdorp: My first Pull as an end flagman on my own. I was very nervous. Especially for ETPC because I had to replace two monuments of the sport.
 
pullingworld.com: What´s your favourite Pulling Tractor / Pulling Team?
Tom Westdorp: I don’t have a favorite one. I have respect for all theTeams. They all do there very best. So like the rest of our Team of officials.

pullingworld.com: Something you want to say?  
Tom Westdorp: I would like to thank my wife, kid and family for letting me do what I do like the most!!!

pullingworld.com: Thank you for your time and good luck for the future !  

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