Saturday, November 30, 2019

New Mini Mod from the Galot Pulling Team

The Galot Pulling Team from Benson, North Carolina in the USA together with the GMS Shop around Brent Payne from Hamilton, Ohio in the USA, have built a completely new V8 Hemi powered 2050lbs Mini Modified tractor during the last spring/winter of 2019.
The Galot (Get A Load Of This) Pulling Team was founded by Earl and Peggy Wells in 2003. The Team started with an Allis-Chalmers 210 in the super farm category and they competed with this tractor in the NTPA Regional Championship and on local pulls in North Carolina for many years pretty successful. The tractor was mostly driven by Earl's son in law John Strickland from Harrels, North Carolina. In 2008, the team, together with the Gene's Machine Shop around Brent Payne built their first super stock open tractor called ''Galot 1''. The component tractor has a chrome-moly tube frame with a chrome-moly roll cage, a sheet metal rear end with Humpco components, a Profab transmission, and a Agco DT225 hood. The Agco tractor is powered by a GMS overhead cam 6 cylinder IH engine on alcohol with 3 GMS / Keating Machine turbochargers. The Galot Team competed with the orange black machine very successful against the IH and John Deere super stocks in the NTPA Grand National circuits. In 2012, the team from North Carolina introduced another new Agco pulling tractor called ''Miss Galot''. The Agco DT160 tractor was built for the Super Farm class and was driven by Jana Lee Strickland (the daughter of John Strickland) until 2014. For the 2016 season, the machine was rebuilt into a light pro stock and was renamed in ''Galot M''. The team currently competes with the light pro on some NTPA regional pulls, especially in North Carolina every year.
In 2012 the Galot Pulling Team grew into a Galot Motorsports Team. Earl Wells entered with a 2 car drag racing team into the drag racing sport. Currently, they are competing in the PDRA Drag Racing Series with 2 pro modified dragster and 3 Junior dragster.
In the year of 2013, the second Agco DT225 super stock open tractor was introduced by the team under the name ''Galot 2''. The tractor also received the same setup like his older brother ''Galot 1''. The Galot 2 is currently the most successful pulling tractor of the team. Driver John Strickland won with ''Galot 2'' the NTPA Grand National title 4 times in arrow in the super stock open division in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
2015 was maybe the biggest investment in the history of the Galot Motorsports team, Earl Wells purchased the GALOT Motorsports Park in Benson, North Carolina. The GALOT Motorsports Park offers a wide variety of amenities to racers and fans. The racetrack features 330 feet of climate-controlled concrete to keep the surface temperature down, state-of-the-art traction equipment and a brand new lighting system. There’s seating for more than 9,000 spectators and a brand new concession stand with indoor seating. The facility also features two tower suites and a dedicated media center. Every year they have different motorsport events there, from PDRA drag racing over to an NTPA Grand National Tractor Pull event and many more competitions on wheels.
2017 was another milestone for the pulling team, they were invited for the first time to Europe with their both super stock open tractors Galot 1 and Galot 2 to the European Superpull in Ahoy, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. In Ahoy they have competed against the best European super stock tractors and were surprisingly beaten by the dutchman Rob van der Waal with his Case IH 335 called ''Maximum Risk''. Definitely, it was a great experience for them to see what everything is different on the European pulling tractors and a European indoor pull.   
After the 2018 season and 3 NTPA Grand National titles in a row in the super stock open class, it was time to try something different new. 
As we know the Galot Motorsports team has always done things somewhat differently than most teams. The owner, Earl Wells, built a tremendous business by thinking “bigger” than others and the guys at Gene’s Machine Shop are constantly thinking “outside the box” to develop new ideas.
That's why Earl Wells and his team around the crew chief Brent Payne decided to build a completely new mini mod with an engine setup which has never used before in the US Pulling Sport. 
The new Lil' Load received a chrome-moly tube frame with a chrome-moly SFI specificated roll cage, a Kirkey Racing seat with a 4 point harness, a custom-built rack and pinion steering, chrome-moly wheelie bars, and a sheet metal rear end. All the sheet metal work around the chassis on the new Lil' Load were done by guys of the Gene's Machine Shop (GMS) in Hamilton, Ohio.
The new chassis for the mini mod was developed and built by Berrie Boer of the Screamin' Bobcat Pulling Team from Ijsselmuiden in the Netherlands. The chassis is a copy of the current Bobcat Jr. mini modified tractor from the Screamin' Bobcat Team. The Bobcat Jr. chassis is currently one of the best chassis in the mini mod division which are not only used by teams in Europe. Also a lot of people and teams in the USA currently using the chassis, for example the Jostock Pulling Team (Wild One), Ken Veney (Funny Li'l Farmall), Joe Eder (Polar Air, 2019 Enderle Pull Off winner), Richard Peters (Buckeye Special, 2018 PPL Champ) and many more. Ken Veney the owner of Funny Lil' Farmall won this year the Bowling Green ring and the NTPA Grand National Championship with a Bobcat Jr. chassis. Also the builder of the Bobcat Jr. chassis the Boer Family, together with the Dirtslinger Pulling Team from Weldon, Illinois competing with a mini on the NTPA GN and Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League circuits in the US, with success. They together won the 2019 Lucas Oil PPL title in the Mini Rod division for the second time.
But back to the new mini mod of the Galot Pulling Team. The custom-built sheet metal rear end in the mini is based on a Ford 9inch rear axle and has an aluminum center section with a billet aluminum differential, a custom-built ring and pinion gear, custom-built half shafts, billet aluminum planetaries carrier housing with special made planetaries and Willwood brake calipers with Willwood steel brake discs.
The whole rear axle for the tractor was built by Bennie Vreeman of Vampire Gears from Neede in the Netherlands.
The new fenders on the tractor were made off carbon fiber and are very light compared to sheet metal fenders. The fenders were built by Let's Try Pulling Team and former Simply Irresistible crew member Gertie Leusink from Dronten in the Netherlands. The company called ''GCI Digital Imaging'' Cincinnati, Ohio in the USA did the new very nice looking vinyl graphics on the fenders.
Also completely new built in the machine is the drivetrain. The drivetrain got a new Vampire Gears single-speed gearbox with a new billet steel driveshaft between the clutch and the gearbox and an 8 inch Molinari centrifugal clutch with a Bohr Racing Products titanium bell housing. The Vampire Gears single-speed gearbox has a CNC machined aluminum housing with billet shafts and custom-built gears.
Everything on the tractor is so light built as possible, to have enough moveable weight on the tractor. For the optimum grip on the US pulling tracks, the Galot Pulling Team purchased a set of new Pioneer Giant Puller tires on new polished Real Wheel aluminum rims. The new set of tires with the new rims were purchased from CM Pulling tires from Reynolds, Indiana.
The new Lil' Load is powered by a procharged Proline / AJPE V8 Hemi engine with a displacement of 548cui on methanol fuel. The engine was almost completely built by the company called ''ProLine Racing'' from Ball Ground, Georgia in the USA. ProLine Racing (PLR) is a global, top tier provider of high-performance drag racing engines, parts, and turnkey packages, as well as EFI software and associated tuning capabilities. It has been built from the ground up over the last 15 years. PLR currently employs 25 full-time professionals and has an enviable ecosystem of specialized expertise and knowledge all contributing to our ability to deliver.
The Proline Team provides engine and race car competition services to over 150 customers throughout the USA, Australia, Brazil, the Middle East, Europe, Puerto Rico, Canada, and the Dominican Republic. 
The power plant has an AJPE billet aluminum engine block with Darton steel sleeves, a Bryant billet steel crank with GRP aluminum billet rods and Bill Miller aluminum billet pistons, a PLR custom tool steel camshaft, AJPE Stage 4 billet aluminum heads with T&D steel rockers, PLR aluminum valve covers, GMS stainless steel exhaust headers, a PLR billet anodized intake, a GMS aluminum intake manifold, a FX140 ProCharger with a 140mm intake wheel and a GMS built belt drive system (custom for pulling application), a GMS methanol fuel system with a Waterman fuel pump, a aluminum fuel tank built by GMS, a PLR oil pan, a System 1 oil pump, a MSD 44 Pro Mag ignition and a FuelTech FT600 data logger.
If the V8 Hemi engine running well with this ProCharger setup should make around 3000hp.
The big sheet metal box on the front end of the tractor covers the belt drive for the ProCharger, the ProCharger and the fuel tank on the engine.
But why they have decided to use a Hemi engine with a ProCharger?
Simply, their decision to use the ProCharger came from the success which the Galot Motorsports had in drag racing.
Everything started when Galot Motorsports dragster driver Kevin Rivenbark made a run of 3.61s at 207.37 mph with his new 1969 PLR ProCharged Hemi Camaro at the 2019 US Street Nationals event in Bradenton, Florida in January. When Team owner Earl Wells heard about that, he decided to use the same combination in his new mini mod. They have created a partnership with ProCharger and Proline Racing in an effort to bring something “new” to the sport. Their goal is to introduce an alternative to the normal roots system which will give pullers the option to have something different but also be competitive. Tractor pulling sport always needs something different to keep the interest of fans also.
The Lil' Load is currently the first mini mod with a ProCharger on a V8 Hemi engine in the USA, but it's not the first mini worldwide with a procharged V8 Hemi. The Ghost Buster Pulling Team from Oberharmersbach in Germany was the first pulling team which has built a mini mod with a procharged V8 Hemi power plant and an EFI system in 2017.
Usually the Galot Team wanted to use an EFI system on their Proline Hemi engine, but unfortunately, EFI systems on engines are not allowed at the NTPA. They also have sent a request to the WPI/NTPA Technical Services Dept to allow EFI systems in the sport, but without success.
Galot Pulling Team crew chief Brent Payne and the team of his company ''GMS'' worked about 8 months on this new project to get the new Lil' Load ready for the first competition at the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio.
One week before Bowling Green, Ohio the guys completed the build and began track testing. As the mini tractor was new for the team, they wanted to do some light track testing.
The team rented a sled and track from Mark Bingham (On The Mark Sled Rental) in Greenville, Ohio. Only a few short sets were made. Each time the Galot and GMS Team have tested they have made progress with their systems. The belt drive was a bit tricky to get running properly but has been a success so far. Their main focus this winter is getting the fuel system in better order. They also have some good data as to what changes need to be made. Hopefully, by spring 2020, the Galot Pulling Team can test the new procharged V8 Hemi mini mod again.
For the winter their plans are to finish up some paint details and work with the engine. The goal is to be running hard on the track by summertime. The GMS shop also has an onsite dyno and a pulling track outside of their workshop. The Galot Pulling Team hopes they can use both to make the Galot “Lil' Load” a success soon!

for further information, check here: http://www.galotmotorsports.com/home.htm

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Friday, November 29, 2019

Q & A with Andree Martsch

Andree Martsch from Edewecht in Germany. Andree is a crew member and sled driver of the Red Shadow Sled Team from Edewecht in Germany. He´s also a member of the ETPC SIT (Sledge Inspection Team) and makes the inspections on the sleds in Europe.


pullingworld.com: What are you doing in your normal life?
Andree Martsch: I'm working as a mechanic for agricultural and construction machinery for a major John Deere A dealer.

pullingworld.com: What do you like to do in your free time, except Tractor Pulling?
Andree Martsch: I like spending time with my friends and family. If some time is left, I also like to go fishing.

pullingworld.com: What do you like about Tractor Pulling?
Andree Martsch: I always like to see how different people with great enthusiasm and great ambition to develop their own technology and implement it. Also, I just like this great variety of engines in the different classes and what the teams make out of it.

pullingworld.com: What was your first Tractor Pulling event?
Andree Martsch: That must be in Edewecht (D) in the year of 2000.

pullingworld.com: What is your favorite Event / Pulling track?
Andree Martsch: My favorite events are Füchtorf (D), where I just like the big competitor field and the size of the event and Anholt (D), where I admire the young team and their great effort. Of course, I also like our own event in Edewecht (D), even if it is always a huge mountain of work, but that's going everyone so ;).

pullingworld.com: When and where do you have driven a sled for the first time?
Andree Martsch: That was in 2015 at a standard pulling event in Grafeld (D).
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pullingworld.com: What was your biggest success?
Andree Martsch: When I think back as a little boy admiring on the fence in Edewecht (D) and today to be part of the sled team Red Shadow / Trecker Trek Edewecht, which I had never thought before.

pullingworld.com: Which Pulling classes do you like too?
Andree Martsch: I really like the super stocks, especially when they 'seethe' with something more like idling gas in front of the sled. But also all the modified classes I think because of the large variety of engines good and always exciting to look at.

pullingworld.com: Which things must be changed in the future of the Tractor Pulling sport?
Andree Martsch: I think all the cooperation with each other should work a bit better, especially in the face of communication with each other.

pullingworld.com: What are your plans for the future in Tractor Pulling?
Andree Martsch: Just to continue like before and to think about what still could be improved. In addition, our own event in Edewecht (D) even further expand.

pullingworld.com: What was for you the most important moment in the sport?
Andree Martsch: I think it's good how the topic of safety is handled because I think it plays a big role in this motorsport.

pullingworld.com: What was your favorite Pulling Tractor project in the workshop during a winter?
Andree Martsch: Our big rebuilding in the winter of 2017, where we have rebuilt our Red Shadow TE. It was a lot of work, a lot of time and money was invested but it was well worth it and we got great feedback! :-)

pullingworld.com: Something you want to say?  
Andree Martsch: Thanks to all the teams and friends where I have come to know over the years and which are always open to good conversation and a lot of fun!
Every winter I'm looking forward to the coming season and what this will bring :-). 

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

The new Let's Try

After 3 years with good and bad results, the Let's Try Pulling Team around Marck Jansen, Oskar van der Vinne and Gertie Leusink have built a new Hemi powered 950kg / 2095lbs mini modified tractor during the last winter. The Let's Try Pulling Team was founded in the year of 1999 and starts since that in the 950kg mini mod division. The first Let's Try was built in the winter of 1999 / 2000 and was powered by a naturally aspirated Oldsmobile 400 V8 engine on petrol fuel. A year later in 2001, the Dutch guys made some changes on the tractor, the Oldsmobile engine was replaced by much more powerful blown New Century V8 engine on methanol fuel and the mini received SCS gearbox and reverser and a new better M&O rear end. The machine did well in the competitions and was pretty reliable during that time. In the winter of 2005 / 2006, Marck and Oskar built a completely new Let's Try and also competed in the 2006 Euro Cup for the first time. The first Euro Cup competition for them in Bernay, France was a success, they finished in a very well 3rd place behind the V8 Hemi powered Minis called ''Jackass'' (Egbert Dros old mini mod) and ''Lambada 6''. 
For the 2008 season, the engine received a performance syringe, the old Littlefield blower was replaced by a bigger 14-71 SSI blower with an Enderle aluminum scoop. The new blower gave the New Century more horses and the new scoop a better airflow.
All the changes were rewarded during the year, they won their first Euro Cup round in Bernay, France and finished in runner up position in the point standings of the Euro Cup and in runner up as well at the European Championship in Bryne, Norway. Between 2008 and 2011 the mini mod class developed further and further and further, especially in the engine horsepower and the tires. After the 2011 season, it was clear the current mini with the old tires was not competitive anymore against the high horsepower minis, like the Lambada 7 from the Netherlands and Original Rat Poison from the USA.
In the winter of 2011, Oskar and Marck sell the old tractor in the Netherlands and started to build a completely new mini mod with a new much more powerful New Century V8 engine. Due to the new Cepek tires, the driver's position was more forward and the center of gravity was lower compared to their old tractor. Also, the color of the tractor changed from yellow black to blue-white and with the Butter Group, they received a new main sponsor on the machine for the 2012 season.
It was one of the most successful seasons for them, Marck and Oskar won the 2012 Euro Cup and finished in the runner up position in the Dutch Championship with the completely new tractor. 2013 was successfully too runner up in the Euro Cup and again 2nd in the Dutch Championship.
The biggest change came in the winter of 2015 / 2016. The team sold the old tractor to Austria at the end of 2015 and the Oskar and Marck started again to build a new mini mod. 
Chassis wise the machine looked like his older brother, but one thing was completely different. After 14 years with New Century V8 engines, the team decided to switch to the Hemi fraction. The ride received a BAE V8 Hemi engine with the first Post & Dros machined Hemi heads and an SSI 14-71 blower. The best result of the season was a 3rd place at the Euro Cup round in Brande, Denmark. At the end of 2016, their main sponsor AB Transport Group (the Butter Group was taken over by the AB Transport Group during the time) stepped out as sponsor and with Fertilab B.V. came a new main sponsor on board for the 2017 season. Also, the power was increased for 2017, the SSI 14-71 was replaced by a bigger SSI 18-71 blower. Those two last seasons were tough for the team. Because of the higher horsepower and the weight distribution, the tractor was sometimes very difficult to drive.  
After a crash at the 2018 EC in Alphen, the Netherlands, (driver Oskar van der Vinne was hurt and broke a vertebrae in his back) it was clear the mini isn´t driveable with the maximum horsepower of the engine, so it was time to build again a new tractor, which has a better balance with this Hemi engine. 
At the beginning of November 2018, they started with the planning and the building of the new tractor and decided to build a completely new different chassis, which was never built before in that style by a other Team in Europe. The most of the mini-mod teams in Europe are currently running with tube chassis (like the Bobcat Jr chassis) very successful, but Marck, Oskar, and Gertie didn't want to do the same as the rest and decided to try something different new compared to the other Dutch and European competitors. 
The new Let's Try received a completely new Domex 700 wedge frame with a new homemade constructed chrome-moly roll cage, a new racing driver seat with a 6 point harness, a new rack and pinion steering, new homemade wheelie bars, and a sheet metal rear end with a newly built drawbar.
But what is different on the new chassis now?
The new chassis is built like a chassis on a big modified tractor. The Domex frame rails are bent as a C profile like on a big mod. With those c profile rails, the mini will have a better stability in the frame, which also will make the new tractor better driveable compared to the old Let's Try. Also, the center of gravity of the driver's and engine position is different. The engine position is a little bit more forward and the center of gravity is higher. The driver position is almost the same as on the old tractor, only the position is a little bit higher. The Team hopes to get a better balance with those changes on the new Chassis.
The new fenders on the mini mod were made off carbon fiber. The fenders were built by Team member Gertie Leusink from Dronten in the Netherlands. Gertie also has built a lot of carbon fiber fenders for other Mini Mod tractors in Europe in the past.
The sheet metal rear end basis on a Rockwell  F106 rear end and was taken over of the old tractor. The rear end has a TRB Machine & Tool billet aluminum third member with a Humpco billet aluminum differential, a custom-built ring and pinion gear by Vampire Gears from Neede in the Netherlands, custom-built half shafts and Willwood brake calipers with Willwood steel brake rotors.
The Team has purchased for the new mini a set of new Real Wheel aluminum rims with new Pioneer Giant Puller tires from the USA.
The drivetrain of the machine has an SCS reverser, a new custom-built driveshaft from the reverser to the rear axle, an 8 inch Molinari centrifugal clutch with 3 discs and a Browell aluminum bell housing.
The drivetrain is not completely new, a lot of parts of the old tractor found the way into the new one.
The new Let's Try is powered by a blown BAE V8 Hemi engine with 526cui displacement on methanol fuel.
The engine also comes from the previous tractor and was completely dismantled, checked and received some little improvements and changes during the last winter.  
The power plant has a BAE billet aluminum engine block with Darton sleeves, a Bryant crankshaft with MGP billet aluminum rods and CP Carillo pistons, Post & Dros billet aluminum Hemi heads, a SSI 18-71 blower with a Enderle aluminum scoop, homemade steel exhaust headers, a homemade aluminum fuel tank and a Aviaid oil tank, a Enderle fuel pump, a dry-sump lubrication with a Aviaid oil pump, a twin MSD 44 Pro Mag ignition system and a Racepak data logger. With this setting, the engine should make around 2500hp.
The first season with the new mini was a learning year because the chassis was completely new and the weight balance is completely different compared to the old one.
So the engine wasn't set on maximum power and the setting of the drawbar on the tractor was still low. They had no big damages or wild runs during the season and finished in 7th in the Dutch Championship this year. The best result was a 5th place at the EC in Brande, Denmark. All in all, the Team was pretty happy with the new tractor, especially with the balance.
For the 2020 season, the Let's Try Pulling Team has planned to compete in the Dutch Grand National Championship again.

For further information, check here: https://www.pullingteam-letstry.nl/

   
      





Zwolle competitors are known for 2020!












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Sunday, November 24, 2019

EC Brande 2019 on Danish TV Part 2















check here: https://www.tv2nord.dk/motorsport/tractor-pulling-fra-brande-22?autoplay=1#player

New Dyno for Pulling Tractors in the Netherlands

The Rednex Pulling Team around Arjan van der Kolk from Vroomshoop in the Netherlands has announced on their Facebook page, that they have purchased a new wheel hub dyno for pulling tractors and all other types of performance vehicles up to 12000hp for the year of 2020. It will be also possible for other teams to make test runs with their pulling vehicles etc. on the new dyno.

The official statement of the Rednex Pulling Team:

DPP REDNEX takes it to another level.
We will start the year 2020 with the installation of a new 12.000 hp wheel hub dyno.
1 of our shops will be converted to a one stop shop for fuel systems, turbos, engine parts, cnc machining and finally performance dynoing.
We welcome all performance vehicles, tractors, and trucks, drag racers, etc.

for further information, check here: https://www.facebook.com/www.rednex.nl/

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Provisional DTTO Schedule 2020


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Saturday, November 23, 2019

New Ursus Farm Stock in Finland

The Honey Bear Pulling Team from Alahärmä in Finland have built a new 3.6t / 7930lbs Ursus farm stock tractor during the last 2 years. By most people, the team isn't currently very known in the European pulling sport, but with a story about the team and the new tractor, we will change that now.
The Honey Bear Team is a father and son Team from Alahärmä in the middle of Finland. By most of the tractor pulling competitors and fans, the village Alahärmä isn't an unknown territory in Europe. Alahärmä hosted the ETPC European Championships in the past twice in 2003 and 2011.
Tommi Kumpula's father was a mechanic in the super stock tractor pulling team called ''MP-Lift'' for 15 years. After the MP-Lift Pulling Team stopped with tractor pulling, he was a mechanic for the 4.5t / 9920lbs super sport pulling team ''Hot Hunter''. The MP-Lift Pulling Team competed in the super stock class from 1991 to 2004 on the Finnish pulling tracks and in the ETPC Euro Cup. Team owner Mikko Perra started in 1990 in the 2.5t / 5500lbs standard class with a Valmet 706 tractor. A year later, Mikko and his team stepped into the super stock class with a completely new built Valmet 511 on diesel fuel. 1992 was a very successful year for them, they won their first European Championship title in the 4.4t super stock class in Bernay, France. For the beginning of the '93 season, the Valmet tractor received a 3 charger setup, later during the year they switched to a 4 turbocharger setup on the Sisu engine and finished in the first year of the Euro Cup in runner up position in the points. In the years of '94 and '95, they also have built the white Valmet super stock tractor called ''Mega Power''. At the end of the 1995 season, the team decided to stop with pulling and sell their both tractors. MP-Lift went to Brazil and Mega Power went to Christer Örn (owner of Eagle Clutches) in Finland. 
But in 1998 the Finnish team returned to the pulling scene with a completely new super stock tractor. This time it wasn't a Valmet on diesel fuel, it was a blue John Deere 4450 on alcohol fuel. The new tractor was built during the winter of 97 / 98 and Willem Veldhuizen, the owner of Veldhuizen Special Products from the Netherlands had built the inline 6 cylinder John Deere alcohol engine with 3 turbos for that new machine. The Team was pretty successful with this blue John Deere, 2 times runner up at the European Championships in 1999 and 2001, runner up in the Euro Cup in 2000 and third in 2001. But the biggest success was the victory on the 2003 European Championship in Alahärmä in Finland. They won their second European Championship title, this time in the 3.5t / 7700lbs super stock class. 2004 marked the last and final season for the team with a 6th place at the EC in Füchtorf, Germany and an 8th place at the last and final pull of the tractor at the Euro Cup in Bettborn, Luxembourg.
But back to the Honey Bear Team. 
Tommi has dreamed of driving a pulling tractor since he was a little boy. But his dream finally came true in 2019. At the beginning of 2017, Tommi bought the old pro stock tractor called ''Honey Bear'' from Aarne Saarnio in Finland. 

After that, the father and son started to rebuild the tractor for the 3.6t / 7930lbs super sport class. 
But why they have decided to rebuild the tractor into a 3.6t / 7700lbs super sport?
They thought it´s a good class to start and there are also a lot of competitors in Finland too. The tractor has been originally built for the super stock class in the '80s by Timo Piirto. Then he sold the machine to Aarne Saarnio and the tractor was renamed as Honey Bear. Aarne competed in the pro stock class in Finland with the Ursus tractor for many years. The last competition he drove, was in 2002 and after that, the tractor was in a hall for about 14 years.
After the tractor has arrived in the workshop of Tommi Kumpula and his dad, they started with the work on the tractor. The former pro stock machine was completely dismantled and received a lots of changes and new parts during those 2 years of building.
The Ursus tractor received a new homemade steel wedge frame with a new homemade steel roll cage, a hydraulic steering, new homemade steel wheelie bars, and a newly built drawbar.
All the parts for the new wedge frame were laser cut and bent by the company called ''MP-Lift'' (Mikko Perra's company) in Ylistaro, Finland. The company MP-Lift usually build front loaders for stock tractors.  
The rear end of the tractor comes from Ursus 1201 and the housing is still original, only some internal parts were changed by new or revised components. The rear end received a needle bearing differential with an original ring and pinion gear, original axle funnel with stock planetaries, stock shafts and original brakes. With the revised differential, they hope to have nice straight pulls in the future. Also, the gearbox and the bell housing of the machine is almost still original. The only thing that has been changed in the gearbox is the ratio. The guys have made the ratio with different original gears a little bit faster. Around the bell housing is a shatter blanket now, it protects the driver and the spectators for flying debris if the clutch would explode. In the bell housing working a 11 inch centrifugal clutch with a steel flywheel. The clutch was built by Christer Örn of Eagle Clutches from Kumminek in Finland.
The rear wheels on the tractor are a set of cut Continental 650/65-38 tires on new homemade steel rims. The tires on the steel rims were cut by the team himself in their workshop.
The hood and the fenders of the super sport machine are original and come from an Ursus 1201 tractor. The original sheet metal hood and fenders were taken over from the old Honey Bear pro stock tractor. The Ursus 1201 stock tractor was introduced in 1973 and was available only with 2 wheel drive. The machine was powered by a naturally aspirated 6 cylinder engine with 112hp on diesel fuel. The version with four-wheel drive had the designation 1204. After modernizing the design of the engine to enable cooperation with the turbocharger, the engine power was increased, and the tractor had the designation 1604.
The Honey Bear super sport machine is powered by a turbocharged 6 cylinder Ursus Z 8701 engine with 7l displacement on diesel fuel. The original Z 8701 power plants have a displacement of 6.8l and were built with turbochargers and without turbochargers. The engine without the turbocharger has 120hp and was used in the Ursus 1224 stock tractor. The charged engine was in the Ursus 1224 turbo and has 145hp. The Ursus 1224 was built from 1984-2009 and the 1224 turbo from 1984-2001.
The power plant in the pulling tractor was revised, received more displacement, a bigger turbo and many more things to increase the power.
The pulling engine received a machined stock block with Westwood steel sleeves, a revised head with bigger flow channels, new bigger valves from Diesellandia (Herlevi Pulling Team) with new better COMP Cams valve springs, a homemade intake and exhaust manifold, a billet Holset HX82 turbocharger from Jukka Laitamäki, a stock Ursus crank with stock hardened rods and billet piston from Wikam Pulling Parts from the Netherlands, stronger piston pins from Diesellandia, a billet steel camshaft by Jan Burggraf (New Generation Pulling Team) from the Netherlands, an external oil pump, a new aluminum Intercooler and a Bosch P8600 injection pump with billet injectors by Dikkenberg Dieseltuning from Wekerom in the Netherlands.
The new aluminum Intercooler is based on a CFS Intercooler from the USA. The new cooler was designed by Ari Puisto from Finland and the company KJH Comp has built the Intercooler for the Team.
The first season for the new super sport tractor was pretty good without any big damages and 2 wins in the Finnish Championship. The Honey Bear Pulling Team finished in runner up position in the Finnish Championship behind the Fendt 930 Vario tractor called ''House Hurricane''.
The team have planned to make some changes to the Ursus tractor for the upcoming year. The tractor will receive a set of new used puller tires, some changes on the engine like a data logger, a newer Ursus 1201 sheet metal hood and a new paint job. The Honey Bear Pulling Team will compete in the Finnish Championship again in 2020.

for further information, check here: https://www.facebook.com/HoneyBearPullingTeam/