Friday, January 25, 2019

Q & A with Jeroen Jacobs

Jeroen Jacobs, 34 years old from Bathmen, in the Netherlands. Jeroen is a Team member of the Blue Thunder Pulling Team and the driver of the New Holland T7-270 Component Super Stock Tractor called ``Trackpointer Blue Thunder´´. After a lots of problems with the New Holland during the last 2 years, he took his first Dutch Championship round victory in the Super Stock class in Putten, the Netherlands last year. What are you doing in your normal life?
Jeroen Jacobs: Sell Manitou machines and Kubota excavators. What do you like to do in your free time, except Tractor Pulling?
Jeroen Jacobs: I spend my free time with my wife and my children and I like to go to festivals. What do you like about Tractor Pulling?
Jeroen Jacobs: The power, speed and the technic. What was your first Tractor Pulling event?
Jeroen Jacobs: I think in Terwolde (NL) 20 years ago. What is your favourite Event / Pulling track?
Jeroen Jacobs: Lochem (NL) (is our home pull) and Made (NL). When and where do you have driven a Pulling Tractor for the first time?
Jeroen Jacobs: In Terwolde (NL). What was your biggest success?
Jeroen Jacobs: A couple of times runner up in the 4,5t Super Sport competition, runner up in the Light Super Stock competition and the 2 wins in the Super Stock class this year. We also were 3 times NTTO Puller of the Year in the 3 different divisions. Which Pulling classes do you like too?
Jeroen Jacobs: Pro Stock What was your biggest disappointment?
Jeroen Jacobs: The big engine damage in Made (NL) 2018. Which things must be changed in the future of the Tractor Pulling sport?
Jeroen Jacobs: Keep everything together, so that it´s possible for everyone to compete with a pulling tractor. What are your plans for the future in Tractor Pulling?
Jeroen Jacobs: Continue with tractor pulling What was for you the most important moment in the sport?
Jeroen Jacobs: See question Nr.7, that were my most important moments in the sport. What was your favourite Pulling Tractor project in the workshop during a winter?
Jeroen Jacobs: In workshop my teammates are doing the most of my work. I also mainly doing the sponsoring work and the parts sourcing for the Tractor in the workshop. Something you want to say?
Jeroen Jacobs: I would like to thank all my teammates and our sponsors for the support. Without the support we couldn´t do this on this level. Thank you for your time and good luck for the future! 

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Monday, January 21, 2019

MSD / Magneto / Coil Packs ...?

I knew most of the things discussed there having operated with coil packs with the Monster Team for like 10 years - but this kinda all clears it all up in 20 min reading time:

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Coil Packs or Magneto?

Friday, January 18, 2019

Q & A with Daniel Hinrichs

Daniel Hinrichs, 40 years old from Bockhorn, in Germany. Daniel is known as the "Voice of Farm Pulling" announces Farm Pulling and Tractor Pulling events in Germany. He's also announcing together with Ulf Schnackenberg the Tractor Pulling event in Knutwil, Switzerland every year. What are you doing in your normal life?
Daniel Hinrichs: I'm owner of a Shop for sound & light equipment located in the north of Germany and I work as DJ for more than 20 years. What do you like to do in your free time, except Tractor Pulling?
Daniel Hinrichs: It depends on the season. For example in the winter time I like to go skiing and in the summer time I go to antique tractor meetings with my little LANZ Bulldog tractor. But to be honest: Because of Tractor Pulling there's almost no time left for that. What do you like about Tractor Pulling?
Daniel Hinrichs: I really like to meet all the people from different countries. It is absolutely fantastic that the pulling scene does not know any borders or limits. Friendships of people from all the different countries are something very worthful in these times! What was your first Tractor Pulling event?
Daniel Hinrichs: When I was 14 I visited the first event in Edewecht, Germany. What is your favourite Event / Pulling track?
Daniel Hinrichs: That's a little bit difficult to say. You have to compare the possibilities of the organizers with what they make of it. If this is considered almost every event is something special. Regarding the atmosphere I like the event in Knutwil (Switzerland) and Volkmarst (Germany) very much! For me as announcer it is important to create a special atmosphere on the tracks. When and where do you have announced a Pulling event for the first time?
Daniel Hinrichs: It was in 2004. In that time I started announcing on small events with stock tractors. In 2008 I started to announce the farm pulling series in Germany. What was your biggest success?
Daniel Hinrichs: Definitely the events in Volkmarst (D) and Knutwil (CH). Which Pulling classes do you like too?
Daniel Hinrichs: In Germany they call me "The voice of farm pulling" but to be honest: I also love pro stocks and super stocks as well as the two wheel drives and the truck pullers from around Europe! What was your biggest disappointment?
Daniel Hinrichs: My first pull on a farm pulling tractor ended at around 80 meters :-) Seriously: I can't remember that there really was something disappointing to me on a pulling event but for example it's always sad if there are bad weather conditions. Which things must be changed in the future of the Tractor Pulling sport?
Daniel Hinrichs: At the moment I think we are successful in almost every European country. My only wish for the future is that we stand together as one and try to make the same rules and classes for the different countries. That's the key to come together and have great pulls with the same requirements. What are your plans for the future in Tractor Pulling?
Daniel Hinrichs: I would like to expand my moderation and maybe even be a guest announcer in other European countries. But I think I have to stop smoking someday because I really can feel that this is not good for my voice. If only this wouldn't be soooo hard to manage.... ;-) What was for you the most important moment in the sport?
Daniel Hinrichs: In 2012 I had the chance to be announcer on my very first European Championships. That was a fantastic experience! What is your favourite Pulling Tractor / Pulling Team?
Daniel Hinrichs: There is more than only 1 team. I have found very good friends for example in the Netherlands (Sledge Hammer, Rhino Rocket and some more) as well as in Belgium (Code Red) and England (Ice Bear). So I really love all those freaks <3 Something you want to say?  
Daniel Hinrichs: Thank you for letting me be a part of! Hope to see all fans at any competition. I wish all the fans great events and all the teams a lot of full pulls! Together we are strong! Especially for the pulling scene: Let's work hard together that there is no chance for racism! We are ONE! Thank you for your time and good luck for the future! 

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Diable Rouge is back

After a 10 years absence, the former IH 1066 Pro Stock called ,,Diable Rouge´´ of Benoit Soenen from Bernay, in France is back on the French Pulling tracks since last year. The French Team around Benoit Soenen, Gonzague Lebrun and Edouard Lebrun converted the Pro Stock into a Limited Super Stock tractor on alcohol during the last winter.
10 years ago in 2008, driver and owner Benoit Soenen had a big engine damage on his IH Pro Stock Tractor called ,,Diable Rouge´´. Due to lack of time after the founding of his company (Carboflex) who is specialized in hydraulic, he had no more time to work on his tractor. In December 2017, Gonzague and Edouard Lebrun joined the team and started to work with Benoit on the tractor. Gonzague and Edouard Lebrun are the sons of Christian Lebrun, the owner and driver of the Case IH Magnum Super Stock called ,,Rustica´´ who ran during the 80’s and beginning of the 90’s on the French pulling tracks. Together they decided to convert the Pro Stock into a Limited Super Stock to compete against the Deutz-Fahr TTV 7250 called ,,Warrior´´ and the John Deere 8520 called ,,Froggy´´ in the French Championship.
The work started on the rear axle and gearbox of the old Pro Stock. They changed the gear ratio of the transmission and saved weight on the planetaries in the rear axle. Also the cast iron bell housing got some changes. The housing was machined and the shatter blanket around the housing was replaced by a steel liner who was fitted into the bell housing. After those work, they have made the technical choice to go into the class. The power plant of the Limited Super Stock was completely new rebuilt and received a lots of changes. The machine is powered by a turbocharged 6 cylinder IH DT466 engine with 7.6l displacement on methanol fuel. The engine has a new revised IH DT466 cast iron block with new custom made sleeves from Post & Dros in Dronten, the Netherlands, new billet aluminium rods with new billet modified Arias pistons, a new counterweighted crankshaft, a revised DT 466 head with a Hypermax billet camshaft, bigger valves and harder springs, a homemade intake and exhaust manifold, a Holset HX82 turbocharger, a VSP (Veldhuizen Special Products) methanol fuel system with a VSP fuel pump, a Aviaid oil pump, a MSD 8 ignition and a RPM data logger.
The Arias pistons were themselves modified because of the different compression in a methanol powered engine and the billet Hypermax camshaft was took over of the old Pro Stock engine.
In January 2018, during a trip to the Indoor Pull in Zwolle, the Netherlands, the team went to Willem Veldhuizen to purchase a fuel system, an ignition system and many other things. Also the team received a lots of advice from Willem to convert the tractor from diesel to methanol.
In the end of May the countdown started in the workshop before the event in Bernay. A lots of work had to be done to install everything on the tractor, among other building up the fuel system, the ignition and all the safety equipment. To do this, the team received a big help from the CDH Pulling Team around Guy de Hoef. They spent a lots of time in their workshop to working on the tractor and to share their experience they gained with their Limited Super Stock Tractors called ,,Froggy´´ and ,,Warrior´´. A few days before Bernay, the French team fired up Diable Rouge on methanol for the first time. Everyone was very excited, but many adjustements were needed. Everyone worked hard on the tractor until the last day.
The maiden run of the Tractor was at the 2nd of June 2018 in Bernay, France. The Team made 2 attempts, but the engine of the tractor wasn´t able to make the right rpm. After Bernay and a few more adjustments they made 2 test passes in front of the French sled. But the result was still not good. Back at the workshop, Benoit designed new parts for the ignition and the problem was solved.
On the 5th of August 2018, the team competed at the 2nd round of the French Championship in Mouzeil. There they made the first Full Pull and everyone was very happy. In the finals with a heavy sled setting the tractor also made a very nice pass and they brought home their first win.
The next stop for the guys was in Taulé. Gonzague Lebrun was in the hot seat of the tractor for the first time. It was his first driving experience ever on a Pulling Tractor. The first run was perfect with more than 110m. Because of a bad start and a short distance in the finals, Gonzague took with Diable Rouge the 2nd place. Also the rest of the season was very nice for the team with good results on the last 2 French pulls in La Celette and Bailleul Le Soc.
The first season in the Limited Super Stock division ended for the Diable Rouge Team with the runner up position in the French Championship between the both Tractors of the CDH Pulling Team.
For the next season the Diable Rouge Pulling Team will make some changes on the tractor. A new camshaft for the engine from Patrice Beaudry (driver and owner of the Case IH Component Super Stock called ,,Crazy Canuck´´) in Canada is odered and few more things. The Team hopes to get more power and a better reliability out of the IH DT466 engine with those changes. For the 2019 season, the Limited Super Stock Team will compete in the French Championship and hopes to compete on some pulls outside of France, to fight against some other competitors.

Last but not least the Diable Rouge Pulling Team would also like to give a big thanks especially to the guys from CDH Pulling Team, Willem Veldhuizen for his help and the system he supplied, Patrice Beaudry for his advices, the company Carboflex ( and Lebrun Tractor and Parts (

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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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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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