Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Changes on Simply Red

From Great Eccleston, in Great Britain, the Simply Red Pulling Team around John Eccles have newly rebuilt their Case IH Magnum 7250 Pro Stock Tractor during last winter of 2017 / 2018. At the end of the 2017 season, the Simply Red Pulling Team decided it was time to make a new chassis for their Pro Stock Tractor called ,,Simply Red´´. The original tube chassis was built in 1993 by Allan Williams who ran the Modified Tractor called ,,Limited Edition´´. The chassis was still in good condition but with all the changes over the years gearbox housing, intercooler, skid bars etc. and the frame had been converted to a split to inspect the clutch it was felt the time was right to give the Pro Stock a new face lift and a newer look. The rebuild of the Case IH was started in October 2017 and as with all projects took longer than expected and was finished just before the start of the 2018 season. The Tractor got a new steel wedge frame with a homemade steel rollcage, a hydraulic steering, new engine and Intercooler brackets, new constructed weight brackets and homemade steel wheelie bars.
The machined IH cast iron rearend, the gearbox, the bell housing, the ROP and the steering system were took over of the old Simply Red Tractor. The new frame rails were constructed from Weldox 700 steel and were formed by a local company in Preston, next to were John works. The newly built chassis is lighter than the old one and they have now more movable weight than at the old one. John Eccles and his Team also had purchased a set of new cut Firestone Puller 2000 HP Pro Stock tires. The tires were mounted on the old set of polished Midwest aluminium rims. With those new tires they are hoping to have a better grip and performance on the British pulling tracks in the future. During the 2018 saeson, the new Weldex wedge chassis has performed well, but the Team suffered a major turbo fail at the first pull of 2018 in Kirkbride, but finished the season well after suffering with fuel pump problems which took a while to solve.
The Simply Red Pulling Team also will compete again with their Case IH Magnum 7250 Pro in the British Championship in 2019. The whole Team already looking forward now to the upcoming season.

Driver and owner John Eccles would like to thank all the team for their hard work and support !

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This Weekend !

NTPA Winter Nationals Cloverdale Results

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Team Oil Addict del 18.

Q & A with Dusty Price

Dusty Price from Wolf Lake, Indiana in the USA. Dusty is the owner and driver of the´V8 Hemi powered 2050lbs Mini Modified Tractor called ,,Bacon Bits´´. What are you doing in your normal life?
Dusty Price: I help my dad on the family farm. And I raise hogs, along with owning a marketing/advertising firm. What do you like to do in your free time, except Tractor Pulling?
Dusty Price: I enjoy waterfowl hunting, fishing, watching hockey, and spending time with my family and girlfriend. What do you like about Tractor Pulling?
Dusty Price: The power, thunder, dust, dirt, and the smell of race fuel in the air is what I remembered as a kid. Today, I still enjoy all of those things about Pulling. But I like seeing my pulling friends, and interacting with the fans and sponsors. What was your first Tractor Pulling event?
Dusty Price: Arcola, IN in 1987. I was 3 weeks old. What is your favourite Event / Pulling track?
Dusty Price: Goshen, IN would be at the top of my list. They have a huge crowd that is die hard about their Tractor Pulling. Plus, Goshen isn't far from home. When and where do you have driven a Pulling Tractor for the first time?
Dusty Price: I started to pull garden tractors with my dad when I was 13. We traveled all over Indiana and Michigan. We debuted the Fill-Rite Bacon Bits Mini Rod in Goshen, IN in 2017. What was your biggest success?
Dusty Price: I was able to land a title sponsor and showcase the value of Tractor Pulling on the corporate level to other companies. Which Pulling classes do you like too?
Dusty Price: Mini Rods have always been my favorite. I enjoy all of the Modified Tractor classes, and the alcohol Super Stock Tractors too. What was your biggest disappointment?
Dusty Price: I wish that I could afford a Modified Tractor. I just don’t think it will ever happen with how expensive the sport is today. Which things must be changed in the future of the Tractor Pulling sport?
Dusty Price: Need more sponsor activation at events to get more money rolling into the sport. Some fans want more pull-offs. But I believe that an announcer in the pits and staging areas needs to happen too. It’s all about keeping the fans entertained between hooks. What are your plans for the future in Tractor Pulling?
Dusty Price: We are going to hopefully make it to a few more events for 2019 and continue our growth on the sponsorship side. What was for you the most important moment in the sport?
Dusty Price: Getting to go Tractor Pulling and have my family with me is what makes it fun. Without them, I couldn't do this. What was your favourite Pulling Tractor project in the workshop during a
Dusty Price: Putting a car body on a Mini Rod makes us kind of unique. So we are trying to improve the look, to make it appear like more of a coupe than a tractor. Something you want to say? 
Dusty Price: First off, thank you for asking me to do this interview. I love Tractor Pulling and I’m blessed to be able to compete amongst a great group of folks. Hopefully we can all continue to grow the sport and attract new fans and sponsors for years to come. Thank you for your time and good luck for the furture !    

Monday, January 07, 2019

Euro Cup 2019 Schedule

The ETPC has reveal on their website, the Euro Cup rounds for 2019. The 2019 Mitas Euro Cup will be held on 8 different locations in 6 European countries. 2 rounds are each in Germany and the Netherlands, and 1 each in Sweden, France, Denmark and Great Britain. New in the schedule for 2019 are the Euro Cup rounds in Allingabro, Denmark with the Super Stock class and Edewecht, Germany with the Pro Stock class. The Euro Cup season starts at the 27th and 28th of April 2019 in Füchtorf, Germany with the Mini Modified and Heavy Modified division.

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Saturday, January 05, 2019

No Mercy 3.0

In the beginning of May 2018, we have reported about the purchase of a new Ironboy Mini Modified Sled by Bertus Boer in the USA. Today we are looking a little bit on the technic of the new No Mercy 3.0 Mini Sled from the Netherlands.
We remember to 2011, Philip Fairbanks came over to Europe with his Mini Mod called ,,Original Rat Poison´´ and the Dingerink Family returned after a season in the USA with their new Mini called ,,Gencom Lambada 7´´ to the Netherlands, two Minis with really high horsepower engines.
During the 2011 season it was clearly to see, the No Mercy 2.0 Sled needs some changes to stop those tractors. Also after the Dingerink / Fairbanks battle during the season was clear for all now, that the class running in the future on the same level like in the USA. During the next 3 years the horsepower on all Mini Mods in the Netherlands and Europe grow dramatically and it was to see the current No Mercy 2.0 Sled was too light for some of those current Mini rockets. The No Mercy Team already had for a quite long time the idea to built a completely new Mini Modified Sled, but the main problem was the lack of time to built a own new sled for the high horsepower Mini Mod Tractors in the Netherlands and Europe.
In September 2017 came the official report that an investor (Bertus Boer) wanted to make an order for a new Ironboy Mini Mod Sled in the US with the question, whether the No Mercy Team want to look after the new one. After they had an evening talk with Bertus Boer, they have agreed to operate and maintain the new sled during the whole season.
In January 2018, the No Mercy Pulling Sled Team together with Helma and Bertus Boer made a trip to the NTPA Winter Nationals in Cloverdale, Indiana, USA to look at an Ironboy Sled from Vaughn Bauer (Bauer Built Mfg) and to discuss which things the new sled should receive. They could get some wishes installed in the sled, and also leave off things that are not allowed in Europe. With those possibilities the Dutch Team also could build some things yourself in their workshop. But why are some things not allowed in Europe? Easy after the deadly accident of Jan van Alphen in Great Eccleston, England 2007 we have some strict rules and regulations for the sleds in Europe. Each sled in Europe need a European spec kill switch system, a box movement control (BMC) system, fail safe box brakes, a crashbox on the weight box (like on the Belgium sled called ,,De Stille Genieter´´) or a buffer system, where is mounted on the front end of the frame on the sled (like on the Red Shadow Sleds from Germany) and many other things. Also every year, every sled in Europe will inspected by the ETPC SIT (Sledge Inspection Team) whether all systems working properly.
After a 5 weeks journey across the pond on the ship in a high cube container, the new sled finally arrived in Holland on the 22nd of May 2018. The new No Mercy 3.0 sled is completely different to his older brother called ,,No Mercy 2.0.´´ The new sled is bigger and longer, heavier, the frame is completely different built, the weight box is bigger, has two axles, a drivers cab, a different gearbox, a different steering system, a push down system like a big sled and a lots of other things. The new No Mercy 3.0 is a self propelled sled who is powered by a turbocharged 4 cylinder air- intercooled Deutz engine. The both front wheels on the pan are for the steering of the sled. After every pull the front wheels can be folded out hydraulically and the the driver can steer the sled back to the starting position on the track. Back at the start, the wheels will folded in again. The drivers cab comes from a 3000 Series John Deere Tractor. As drive for the weight box has the sled a Profab 6 speed transmission and a 2 speed  Eaton axle. They can choose between 12 different gears for the speed of the weight box. For driving, the sled has a Chevrolet 3 speed automatic transmission. The empty weight of the sled is 6.4t / 14110lbs and fully loaded a weight of 9.6t / 21164lbs. The completely sled without the safety devices was built by Vaughn Bauer and his Team of Bauer Built Mfg. in Paton, Iowa, USA.
Shortly after the Ironboy Sled was arrived in the workshop, the Team started directly with the building of the kill switch system, the weight box movement control system, the fail safe box brakes and the crashbox on the weight box. The crashbox on the sled was calculated, constructed and built by the Belgian company called ,,Stuer Egghe´´ from Sint-Niklaas. Stuer Egghe also owns the sleds called ,,De Stille Genieter´´ and ,,Dinosaurus´´. The rest of the safety systems were built by the No Mercy Team.
The maiden run of the new No Mercy 3.0 Sled normally was planned for the Dutch Championship Pull in Lochem 2018, but that didn't work out. Around 4 weeks later, the sled was finally ready for the first real test, at the final Dutch Championship round of the Mini Mod division in Alphen, the Netherlands. It was a good premiere, all the Teams were satisfied with the sled and the setting. 2019 will be another learning year for the Team, it´s planned to brake the Mini Mod tractors at all Dutch Championship rounds and maybe also on some other pulls in Europe. The No Mercy Pulling Sled Team also hopes to get the ETPC Gold Level classification for the sled next year.
With the ETPC Gold Level classification, they can stop the tractors also on the Euro Cup rounds and the the European Championships.

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The making of a V8 limited superstock from the beginning to the end

Friday, January 04, 2019

Q & A with Torben Hansen

Torben Hansen from Skjern, in Denmark. Torben is the crew chief of the Gators Pulling Team and a former competitor in the 950kg / 2095lbs Modified class. He competed successful in the Mini Modified class with his Tractor called ,,Gators´´ from 1990 until to 2002. After a 15 years break, Torben and his Gators Team returned with a completely new twin Rover V12 powered Light Modified Tractor on the Danish and European Pulling tracks in 2017. For the new Tractor he handed over the driver duties to his son Patrick Hansen. What are you doing in your normal life?
Torben Hansen: In my“normal”life, I am the owner of a company that sells security solutions to all types of companies and private people. We sell everything from alarms systems to surveillance systems. What do you like to do in your free time, except Tractor Pulling?
Torben Hansen: What is free time ;) , when you have your own company and drive Tractor Pulling, then there is not much free time left. But when I finally have some time free, I like to go to a concert or make a weekend trip with my wife and my friends.
When the time is there I also go to the arena to see Skjern handball plays. What do you like about Tractor Pulling?
Torben Hansen: I like to see all the different builds teams has done, I'm a fan of details ;).
The friendship between teams across countries are quite unique.
In our own class the Light Modified, I like that there are so many different types of engines. What was your first Tractor Pulling event?
Torben Hansen: The first event who i have visited was in Skjern many years ago, I think it was in the early 80s.
We were there to see a tractor called ,,Speedy´´, one of the first tractors built by Henrik Iversen. What is your favourite Event / Pulling track?
Torben Hansen: There are some:
Brande (DK), because it´s our home track.
Hassmoor (D), because of all the spectators.
Made (NL), because of the very big event and the party. When and where do you have driven a Pulling Tractor for the first time?
Torben Hansen: The first time was in Herning (DK) in 1990, with our first tractor. We started in the Mini Rod class. The first version of Gators had a Jaguar V12 engine with maybe 400hp. What was your biggest success?
Torben Hansen: We have won the Danish Championship 6 times and also got some good results on the tracks across Europe. But the day we started the new Gators (Light Modified) up was a very special, we have / had put a lots of effort into building this tractor. Which Pulling classes do you like too?
Torben Hansen: I like almost all the classes but the light modified class is my favorite right now.
If the Mini Rod class is like at the saturday night in Alphen (NL), it is a really good class with lots of action. All this is due to the new No Mercy 3.0 sled. What was your biggest disappointment?
Torben Hansen: Maybe in Made (NL) 2017? but when you fall, stand up and grow stronger ;). What are your plans for the future in Tractor Pulling?
Torben Hansen: The plan is to get the new Gators running perfect and have some success with the tractor. Then we will see what the future brings us ;). What was for you the most important moment in the sport?
Torben Hansen: Of all I've experienced, it's probably the first startup of Gators. What was your favourite Pulling Tractor project in the workshop during a winter?
Torben Hansen: That we have choose to turn the direction of rotation on one of our engines in hope to getting a more stable tractor on the track. Something you want to say?
Torben Hansen: I would like to say thanks to all the friends and families who have helped around Team Gators through the many years we have been involved in tractor pulling. Thank you for your time and good luck for the furture !  

Thursday, January 03, 2019

New 3.6t Farm Stock in Finland

The Finnish Force Pulling Team from Seinäjoki, in Finland are building a new 3.6t / 7930lbs Valtra Farm Stock Tractor at the moment. The new ride gets a homemade steel wedge frame with a homemade steel rollcage, a newly constructed drawbar, self made wheelie bars and a modified Valmet rearend.
The new frame was constructed by Team member Tommi Rajamäki. The other Crew member Marko Hirvi assambled the completely chassis in his own workshop. Marko given the  Team a lots of support so far with his own metal working company.
The Farm Stock receive a Valtra S260 hood and Valtra N Series fenders. The hood comes from the 1st Valtra S Series version who was built by the finnish company between 2001 and 2008. The stock rearend, gearbox and the bell housing of the new Farm Stock comes from a old Valmet 8400 and was machined and revised in their workshop. The components in the rearend like the diff, the ring and pinion gear, the shafts and the planetaries are still original from Valmet.
The gears in the gearbox are still stock but the driveshafts are custom built out off a stronger material by Christer Örn of Eagle Clutches from Kunimek, in Finland. The cast iron bell housing was spindled out and a homemade steel liner was fitted into the housing. The new ride will have a 11" inch Eagle Clutches centrifugal clutch with 4 discs and a Eagle Clutches custom made steel fly wheel. The new self made single wheel brake system in the Valtra has Volvo brake calipers with self constructed laser cut brake discs.
For the new Farm Stock they are using a set of cut 710-42 Michelin tires on new homemade steel rims. The new steel rims also were built by Team member Tommi Rajamäki. 
The Valtra S260 will have a turbocharged 6 cylinder Sisu Diesel 620 power plant with 7l displacement on diesel fuel.  
The engine receive a machined Sisu Diesel 620 stock cast iron block with new homemade sleeves, a stock crankshaft with new hardened Sisu rods and billet pistons, a revised Sisu 620 OEM head with bigger valves and new better rocker arms by Eagle Clutches, a homemade intake and exhaust manifold, a Holset HX60 turbocharger with a billet intake wheel, a self built Intercooler, a external wet sump oil system with a homemade aluminium sheet metal oil pan, a new modified Bosch P8600 diesel fuel injection pump and a special built data logger by the finnish company called ,,Topin Diesel". The modified fuel pump was made by Team member and main head Juha - Matti Hietanen from Seinäjoki, in Finland. The new finnish Team working hard to get the new Valtra Farm Stock Tractor ready for the beginning of the 2019 season. But it's still a lots of work to do on the Tractor.
They have a lots of parts that are currently under construction and some parts are unable to make at this point. The Team trying to make most of the parts by self and that maybe spends a little more time, but they aren’t making this tractor in a hurry. This also is the first pulling machine who is built by them, so of course some mistakes have been done and maybe will be done. But they are also looking forward to try some things that others haven’t made or have failed in those.
The new Team will compete in the Finnish Championship next year. The maiden run of the 3.6t / 7930lbs Farm Stock is planned for the spring of 2019.

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Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Visits on in 2018

The whole Team wishes all  readers, teams and sponsors a happy new year !

618.798 visitors have followed our pullingworld website in 2018, to read and watch all the latest news, interviews and pictures from the international pulling scene.

Thank you !!!

We are looking forward to the 2019 season !