Tuesday, November 20, 2018

New NTPA Indoor Pull in Indiana

In conjunction with the Michiana Event Center, the National Tractor Pullers Association will present the NTPA Shipshewana Spring Nationals on Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23, 2019. Less than two years old, the interconnected convention, equine, and concert venue in north-central Indiana will launch its largest motorsports event to date with five invitational classes on each of two nights that will rock the facility's 100,000-square-foot Trade Show building.
Light Super Stock and Super Farm Tractors (top GN finishers and promoter selections) and Limited Pro Stock Tractors and Pro Stock Diesel 4x4 3.0 Trucks will compete each evening starting at 6 p.m. Additionally, Light Unlimited Modifieds will make exhibition passes.

Further information about the new event, check here: http://ntpapull.com/news/shipshewana-spring-nationals-farm-show-set-for-march-22-23

PPL 2018: Super Modified tractors pulling in Freeport, IL on Night 2

Friday, November 16, 2018

Q & A with Brice Terry

Brice Terry, from Gallatin, Missouri in the USA. Brice is the owner and driver of the Allis Chalmers D21 Component Light Super Stock Tractor called ,,Too Hy-Strung´´. This year he won with his Light Super Stock the final PPL Champions Tour round in Wheatland, MO and his first Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League Western Series Championship by the tie break of having the most wins.

pullingworld.com: What are you doing in your normal life?
Brice Terry: We operate a 2 location Farm Equipment Dealership - ,,Terry Inplement Co,. INC.´´ in Gallatin, MO and Chillicothe, MO.
- Agco & Kubota in Gallatin
- Kubota in Chillicothe

pullingworld.com: What do you like to do in your free time, except Tractor Pulling?
Brice Terry: In our free time we enjoy time at the lake boating. Riding motorcycles also.

pullingworld.com: What do you like about Tractor Pulling?
Brice Terry: We enjoy the competition and the social time with our pulling friends and fans.

pullingworld.com: What was your first Tractor Pulling event?
Brice Terry: First Tractor Pulling event was during the Steam & Gas Engine Show at Hamilton, MO on an antique
WC Allis Chalmers.

pullingworld.com: What is your favourite Event / Pulling track?
Brice Terry: We always enjoy going to the Outlaw Pull in Wisner, NE and the PPL Pull in Wheatland, MO.

pullingworld.com: When and where do you have driven a Pulling Tractor for the first time?
Brice Terry: My first Tractor Pulling competition was on an antique Allis Chalmers WC Tractor in 1980.

pullingworld.com: What was your biggest success?
Brice Terry: Winning the PPL Champions Tour event in Wheatland, MO this year.

pullingworld.com: Which Pulling classes do you like too?
Brice Terry: Really like our LSS class but also enjoy watching Pro Stock.

pullingworld.com: What was your biggest disappointment?
Brice Terry: Biggest disappointment was our mechanical failure right off the starting line at the NFMS Pull in Louisville, KY this year.

pullingworld.com: Which things must be changed in the future of the Tractor Pulling sport?
Brice Terry: Controlling the cost and bringing new fans into the sport.

pullingworld.com: What are your plans for the future in Tractor Pulling?
Brice Terry: Future plans are to keep the Tractor updated and have my Family share some driving.

pullingworld.com: What was for you the most important moment in the sport?
Brice Terry: Most important moment was deciding to compete in the LSS class and meeting / working with Bryan Conner.

pullingworld.com: What was your favourite Pulling Tractor project in the workshop during a winter?
Brice Terry: My son Tayton and I built a Pro Farm Allis Chalmers D2I Tractor doing most of the work ourselves.

pullingworld.com: Something you want to say?
Brice Terry: Thank you to the fans who support Hy-Strung Motorsports and thank you for the opportunity for the interview !
We appreciate it !

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

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Davis Farms Pilot and 250 Bushel Corn

We talk a lot about side projects and we are generally just to busy to execute the ideas properly.  I was filming an NTPA event at Benson, North Carolina when Peyton Davis, his brother John T, and myself had this conversation about doing a reality farming TV show.  I really had never done anything like this, but how bad could I possibly be at it.  Lost cameras check, drone fly away check, no sound on critical cameras check!  

What happened was we got some decent footage that will consist of a six-episode season.  Depending on how the series is received will guide the direction of filming going forward.  I have a nice plan for this first season and I really do think viewers will enjoy it.  This means a lot of learning for me as I only grew up with horses and cattle on my family's small 12 acre farm in Alabama.  

So stay tuned and I hope you enjoy!  Let me know if you are interested in farming calendars, shirts, hats, and hoodies.  They are in the works right now!

The new Bad Boys Toy is ready !

After almost 2 years of building, the new Bad Boys Toy Component Pro Stock Tractor from Bakel, in the Netherlands is ready. The new Pro Stock received a chrome-moly tube frame with a new homemade rollcage, a self constructed and built hydraulic power steering, a Rockwell rearend, a self built drawbar and a old style MF 1150 hood. The hood and the fenders are not original anymore. The Massey Ferguson 1150 hood and the fenders were made out off glass fibre in their workshop in Bakel. The glass fibre hood is wider and much lighter than the original sheet metal hood. Also all the aluminium sheet metal work around the chassis were done by the Team himself.
The Dutch Team uses on their new ride a set of used polished Midwest aluminium rims with new uncut Firestone Puller 2000 HP tyres. They bought the tires by the John Deere Pulling Team in Thy, Denmark.
The Rockwell rearend was shortened and got a stock Rockwell center section with a stock needle bearing differential, a Rockwell ring and pinion gear, stock ZF planetaries carrier housing with original ZF planetaries and homemade brake discs with Van der Waal Pulling Parts brake calipers.
The new MF also received a new constructed homemade 3 speed transmission, a new Van der Waal Pulling Parts built driveline, a Van der Waal Pulling Parts 11´´ inch centrifugal clutch with 5 Crower discs, a homemade steel fly wheel and a Browell steel clutch bell housing.
The new transmission has a homemade CNC-milled aluminium housing with Fuller gears, newly built shafts and 3 forward gears and 1 reverse gear.
The new Bad Boys Toy Component Pro Stock is powered by a newly built Perkins V8 power plant with 510cui. / 8.3l capacity on diesel fuel.
The engine has a Perkins stock block with Darton sleeves, a new balanced Perkins crankshaft with original steel rods and homemade aluminium pistons, revised Perkins cylinder heads with billet steel camshafts, new cnc-milled aluminium valve covers, a self built steel intake and exhaust manifold, a billet Holset HX82 turbocharger with a 5´´ inch intake wheel from the Rocky Pulling Team, a new aluminium Intercooler built by ERF Heating & Cooling Solutions in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, a self built sheet metal fuel tank, a Sigma fuel pump with 17mm elements, a Aviaid oil pump and a new data logger.
The maiden voyage of the new MF 1150 Pro Stock normely was planned for the beginning of the Dutch outdoor season, but a little bit less time, waiting for the new parts and a lots of small other things made it not possible to get the vehicle ready. So, the Tractor was ready for pull in the 2nd half of the season. But the first passes in front of the sledge were bumpy. They struggled a little bit to find the right engine settings for the V8 Perkins. In the mid of September, the Team was invited with their MF for the German Championship round of the Farm Pulling Series in Kalkar, near the dutch / german border. The first 3 of the 4 runs were not so well, but the 4th an the final pass was very nice, a straight Full Pull for the new MF. The Team was pretty happy with this run.
The Bad Boys Toy Pulling Team have planned to compete in the NTTO Dutch National Championship and on some Pulls in Europe for 2019.

for further information, check here: http://www.badboystoy.nl/

or check here: https://www.facebook.com/TractorpullingTeamBadBoysToy/

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

New 600kg Modified Pulling Tractor in Germany

From Sundern, in Germany the Schluckspecht Pulling Team around Alex Frickel and Stefan Heuel have built a completely new 600kg Modified Pulling Tractor during the last winter. Alex and Stefan are relatively new in the Pulling Sport. They started to built their Tractor in the spring of 2017. The vehicle also was completely built and constructed on CAD during the building process. But why they have decided to built a Tractor for the new 600kg Modified class?
Simply both financially and by the transport dimensions well negotiable and very free choice of drive concepts (in contrast to the 500kg Modified division).
The new Schluckspecht Modified Tractor received a homemade aluminium tube frame with a homemade steel rollcage, a self made steering with a special built steering gearbox by Raphael Rehbach (driver and owner of the 600kg Modified Tractor called ,,Master Piece") and a Suzuki Samurai rearend. The Suzuki Samurai rear axle was modified and got homemade cnc-milled 7075 aluminium planetaries carrier housing with ZF APL 1351 components and planetaries. All the new drivelines in the rear axle were machined of 42CrMoV4. The diff and the center section are still original, only the lubrication system of the diff was changed.
To keep the Tractor in bounds, the ride got a  single wheel brake system with Rimo Go Kart brake calipers and homemade brake rotors. The rear wheels are a set of Weld aluminium rims with new cut Mayhill Giant Puller tires from the USA. The new homemade fenders are made from aluminium.
Because of the weight, Stefan and Alex decided to built a homemade reverser for the 600kg Mod. The reverser has a aluminium housing with special made shafts and gears. Also the driveline from the reverser to the rear axle is homemade and received a aluminium protection tube. The clutch of the machine is a Quarter Master centrifugal clutch with a size of 7.25´´inch and 3 sinter metal discs. The clutch is covered by a self constructed steel bell housing.
The new Schluckspecht is powered by a 6 cylinder VW VR 6 engine with 2.8l displacement on methanol.
The power plant has a stock engine block with a revised VR6 cylinder head, a original camshaft, original valves and valve springs, a stock crank with original VW VR6 rods and pistons, a homemade aluminium intake manifold, a Garrett GT4088 R turbocharger, a self built stainless steel exhaust manifold, a OBX fuel pump, a homemade fuel system with a aeromotive pressure regulator and Bosch CNG electronic injectors, a homemade fuel tank, a original oil pump and a Ecumaster EMU control module.
For the future they have planned to built a spare engine for the Tractor with completely new and different parts in the engine.
In their first season, they learned a lot about the technic of the Tractor and the methanol system on the engine. But it wasn´t a damage free year for the new German Team. For the winter they will make on the current VW VR6 engine a lots of changes to get a better performance and more reliability out of the engine. For 2019, they have planned to compete on all German Championship rounds of the 600kg Modified division.

for further information and pics about the Team and the Tractor, check here: http://schluckspecht-pulling.de/

Friday, November 09, 2018

Q & A with Flemming Smed

Flemming Smed, 43 years old from Skjern, in Denmark. Flemming is the owner and driver of the 950kg / 2095lbs. Mini Modified Tractor called ,,Blacksmed´´. He also was a crew member of the former Modified Team called ,,Fox´´ in the 90s and he drove successful from 1997 until 1999 the Modified Tractors called ,,Fox & Fox Junior´´ of the Team.

pullingworld.com: What are you doing in your normal life?
Flemming Smed: I have my own one man car repair shop.

pullingworld.com: What do you like to do in your free time, except Tractor Pulling?
Flemming Smed: Rifle hunting, watch-smell-listening to NHRA top fuel drag racing.

pullingworld.com: What do you like about Tractor Pulling?
Flemming Smed: Very mechanical sport, mega horsepower without going 300 mph and spectator friendly sport (complete track visible).

pullingworld.com: What was your first Tractor Pulling event?
Flemming Smed: A local event in 1990.

pullingworld.com: What is your favourite Event / Pulling track?
Flemming Smed: Flevohof (NL).

pullingworld.com: When and where do you have driven a Pulling Tractor for the first time?
Flemming Smed: Füchtorf (D) 1997.

pullingworld.com: What was your biggest success?
Flemming Smed: Multiple wins in Windenhof, France.

pullingworld.com: Which Pulling classes do you like too?
Flemming Smed: All classes have their own charm.

pullingworld.com: What was your biggest disappointment?
Flemming Smed: If there were any... i have forgotten.

pullingworld.com: Which things must be changed in the future of the Tractor Pulling sport?
Flemming Smed: We have to find a way to attract more TV and media.

pullingworld.com: What are your plans for the future in Tractor Pulling?
Flemming Smed: Playing with my Mini Mod and go to some international events.

pullingworld.com: What was for you the most important moment in the sport?
Flemming Smed: When Tractor Pulling aired on Eurosport in the 90s

pullingworld.com: What was your favourite Pulling Tractor project in the workshop during a winter?
Flemming Smed: Putting oil in a fresh rebuilt race engine.

pullingworld.com: Something you want to say?  
Flemming Smed: Hope to meet a lots of Pullers and Pulling fans around Europe in 2019.

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

PPL 2018: Limited Pro Stocks pulling in Freeport, IL

Thursday, November 08, 2018

New home for Zapo

Last month we have reported about the retirement of the Zapo Pulling Team from Bathmen in the Netherlands and the sell of their New Holland TVT 190 Component Super Stock Tractor to Germany. Also the last secret is revealed now. The 6 cylinder powered NH alky burner with 4 turbochargers was completely sold to Paul Siebers from Kleve, in Germany. Paul and his Team picked up the Tractor with a couple of spare parts on the last weekend of October in the Netherlands. Paul isn´t a unkown person in the German Tractor Pulling sport. He owns the IH Super Sport Tractors called ,,Yellow Thunder´´ and ,,Yellow Nightmare´´. Last year they finished with Yellow Thunder (3.6t / 7930lbs.) in runner up position of the German Championship and with Yellow Nightmare (4.5t / 9260lbs.) they won the German Championship title this year. The German Team will get some help at the first pulls and the first services from the Zapo Pulling Team.
Paul Siebers and his crew will compete with their new Super Stock vehicle in the German Championship and in the Euro Cup next season. The first run under a new name and paintjob is planned for the 9th of February 2018, at the Indoor Pull in Zwolle, the Netherlands.

for further information, check here: https://www.facebook.com/zapo.bathmen.9/

Pulling Update DE TEAMS van der Waal pullingteam

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Wild Toy Team stops !

After 13 years in Mini Modified Pulling, the Wild Toy Pulling Team around Jorgen Lauridsen from Spjald, in Denmark have decided to stop with the Tractor Pulling Sport in the end of the season. The Danish Team announced their retirement last Friday on facebook. In 13 years of Pulling, they won amazing 9 Danish Championship title with their Mini called ,,Wild Toy´´. The Wild Toy Team was formed in 2005. In 2005 they bought the old Keith Black V8 powered Mini called ,,Blower Power´´ of Asbjorn Herikstadt and Glenn Bjorheim from Varhaug, in Norway. The Team won with this machine 5 titles between 2005 and 2013. In 2014 the old chassis with the Firestone tires was replaced by a newer tube chassis with Cepek tires. Jorgen and his Team purchased the chassis with the set of Cepek tires from Daniel Hollmann (Now or Never) in Gussenstadt, Germany. The first season with the new machine was a learning year to understand how the new Chassis and the new Cepek tires are working. But after that year, they won another 4 back to back Championships in Denmark.
The Wild Toy made it´s final apperance at the European Championship in Alphen, the Netherlands this year, were they finished in 11th. It's definitely a lost in the Danish and European Pulling Sport. They always had an open ear for questions by the spectators and were always very open and friendly to everyone !

We would also like to give a big thanks to the Team for the support during the last years and wish the whole Team good luck for the future ! 

Here is the official statement of the Team:
We hereby announce that for various reasons we have chosen to stop within tractor pulling.
It has not been an easy decision at all and we had not expected / hoped it was now. On the other hand, we are looking forward to concentrating on other things.
We can look back at 13 years with many experiences at home and abroad and not least 9 Danish championships, which we are very pleased with. All the good experiences we will take with us wherever we end.
We will thank our sponsors and helpers over the years, without you having not achieved what we have.
Thank you to your audience who have followed us over the years and have come across for a chat to the rallies and to you who followed us via the website and Facebook.
With the tractor (IKEA model), it's still unclear where it ends, but whatever, we hope others get as many good hours and experiences with the one we've had.
We will 31st of December close the website and facebook page down.
Once again thank you for all who have contributed to our success and all positive experiences.

Best regards
Lone and Jørgen
Team Wild Toy

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

PPL 2018: PPL 2018: Hot Farm Tractors pulling in Tampico, IN

The new Mr. Easy

The Giftzwerg Pulling Team around Rainer Berroth, Loris Matzka and Volker Hägele from Seifertshofen, in Germany have built a completely new BMW V8 powered 600kg Modified Tractor during the last 2 1/2 years. The German Team started with the building of their new project in 2016 and were ready with the new ride in the end of July 2018.
The Giftzwerg Team isn't a new Team in the Garden Pulling Sport. Volker Hägele and Rainer Berroth (former mechanics of the Museum  Kiemele Team) started with Garden Pulling in 1998 in the 500kg Stock class with ,,Robber USA´´. 2 years later they moved into the 500kg Modified division, the Suzuki Swift powered Tractor was called ,,Black Cat". In 2003 they built their 2nd 500kg Mod called ,,Mr. Easy". A few years later the Suzuki Swift engine on Mr. Easy was replaced by a more powerful Suzuki Hayabusa power plant. The last 2 seasons they started with an underpowered Tractor in 600kg Modified class and won surprisingly the German Championship crown in 2017. During that time the Team also worked on their new Tractor. Rainer, Loris and Volker decided to built a new 600kg Mod because it is a new class in Germany and the engine limits offers more possibilities.
The new 600kg Mod has a new homemade 24CrMo4 tube frame with a homemade 24CrMo4 rollcage, a new built hitch, a Fiat Cinquecnto steering, homemade aluminium fenders and a Mercedes Benz 309 rearend.
The Mercedes Benz rear axle was shortened and has still the 309 center section.The most of the parts in the rear axle are costum made. The rear axle got a special built ring and pinion gear with a revised Mercedes 309 differential, billet shafts, Mercedes Benz 123 drum brakes and Massey Ferguson 35 planetaries carrier housing with MF 35 planetaries. Also the drivetrain was completely new constructed. The vehicle also has a planetaries gearbox with a homemade 30mm X38CrMo5 driveline to the rear axle, a self built steel clutch bell housing and a 8´´inch Kaiser Performance centrifugal clutch with 2 discs. The planetaries gearbox comes out of the 600kg Compact Diesel Tractor called ,,JD Magic´´ and was attached directly behind the clutch bell housing.
For the optimum grip, the German Team purchased a set of new polished aluminium rims with new Dick Cepek Garden Puller tires from Denmark.
The new Mr. Easy is powered by a naturally aspirated BMW E38 V8 engine with 4l capacity on gas fuel.
The power plant comes out of an BMW 740i road car. The V8 engine has the original BMW block with stock sleeves, a original crankshaft with original rods and pistons, overhauled BMW E38 heads with stock camshafts, original valves and valve springs, homemade exhaust headers, a original intake manifold, a Bosch fuel pump, a self welded aluminium fuel tank, a stock BMW oil pump with a Kaiser Performance oil filter, a original ignition and a freely programmable control module.
The new Garden Puller made its maiden voyage in Viersen, Germany in August this year. After 2 nice runs, driver Loris Matzka finished on a well deserved 3rd place in the end. A great start for a completely new Tractor. Defnetly the highlight of the season was the last pull of the season in Schlechtenwegen. They won the last German Championship round of the year with a 1.89m gap over the 2018 German Champion Blue Attraction.
All in all, the Team from Seifertshofen was happy with their first pulls in the end of the season and looking forward to 2019.  

for further information, check here: https://www.facebook.com/gp.team.giftzwerg.mr.easy/