Saturday, November 16, 2019

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Sunday, November 10, 2019

R.I.P Bram de Pijper

On Friday evening, we have received the shocking news about the death of super stock competitor Bram de Pijper from Vierpolders, in the Netherlands. Bram passed away on Thursday, November 7th, 2019 after a long battle against a illness. He was just 59 years old. Bram was the owner and driver of the Case IH Optum 300 CVX component super stock tractor called ''European Maid''.
In this little story, we're watching back about his time in the tractor pulling sport.
Bram, together with Johan van Oorschot started with tractor pulling in the 1980s with a Ford 7000 called ''Woody Woodpecker'' in the 4.4t super stock class. Later he decided to go his own way and purchased an IH 833 which became later the basis of the first European Maid. He debuted with the new super stock in Eext (NL) in 1983.
During the winter of 1988 and 1989, he worked on a completely new European Maid with an IH 3688 hood and a 6 cylinder IH engine with 3 turbos and Sigma fuel pump. The tractor was a success, he finished with his team at the EC on the Flevohof (NL) in runner up position in the 3.4t super stock class and in 3rd place in the 4.4t super stock class. Like at the EC, he also achieved the same positions in both classes in the 1989 Dutch Championship.
In 1995, Bram decided to switch from diesel to alcohol fuel. He and his Team built a completely new V8 engine with 3 turbos on alcohol for the tractor.
With the V8 alcohol powered tractor, he had one of his scariest moments at the Dutch Championship round on the Flevohof (NL) in 1997, when his tractor lost the balance and the safety harness of his seat snapped and he almost hurled of his European Maid, but luckily he remained unhurt during this wild ride.
After a break, Bram and his team started to build a new super stock tractor in 2007. The IH 3688 sheet metal remained but the old V8 engine was replaced by a new 6 cylinder IH inline engine on alcohol fuel with a billet aluminum head and 3 turbos. During the building process, he was supported by Rob van der Waal the owner of Van der Waal Pulling Parts and the super stock tractor called ''Maximum Risk''.
He made his maiden run with the new tractor in Putten, the Netherlands in 2007.
2008 and 2009 was an expensive period with lots of big damages. In Made 2008 and Wierden 2009 the 6 cylinder engine blew up 2 times in a big fireball. Because of the huge damages, they couldn't drive for the rest of the seasons.
After that expensive time, Bram decided to build a completely new component super stock. But due to private circumstances, the building of this machine took a while. The tractor received again an IH 3688 hood, a much lighter chassis and a new better engine with lots of improvements and changes. The machine debuted at the Made's Powerweekend (NL) in 2012.
After 5 years with the tractor, Bram and his team decided to build again a completely new component super stock for the 35th anniversary of the European Maid Pulling Team. This time the tractor received a new homemade chrome-moly tube frame with a new lighter cage, a further improved engine with a new 4 turbochargers setup and a new Case IH Optum 300 CVX hood. It was the first super stock tractor worldwide which has a new Case IH Optum hood. Under the whole super stock tractors, the Case IH is one of the nicest machines in the super stock class in Europe.
Bram made its maiden voyage with the new European Maid at the 2018 Dutch Championship event in Loerbeek, the Netherlands. The new ride ran in its first season pretty good, but not 100% problem-free.
The 2019 season was one of the best seasons that they ever had with a alcohol powered super stock.
Bram could win the Dutch Championship season opener in Loerbeek (NL) and his son Joey won the round in Putten (NL). Bram and the whole Team had the chance to win the 2019 Dutch Championship but in the end, it shouldn't be enough. They finished the championship in runner up position 4 points behind Zeinstra New Born Deere. That was another proud moment for Bram and his Team.
They also competed in the Euro Cup again this year. The best results were the 2nd place at the Beachpull in Putten (NL) and a 3rd place at the Made's Powerweekend (NL). In the end, he and his son Joey finished in 5th place in Euro Cup point standings.
His last and final competition had Bram at the European Championship in Brande, Denmark this September.
After he ran out of bounds in his only qualifying attempt, he got the chance from the ETPC officials to make a run outside of the valuation in the finals. And it was a very strong pass by Bram de Pijper, he was only a few cm behind the later European Champion Naomi Kools with Interaction 2.0.
Bram, the Team and the spectators celebrated that pass like the win of a title.
The runner up position in 2019 Dutch Championship and the last pass at the 2019 EC in Brande (DK) were probably one of the last memorable and nicest moments of his life.
One is sure the tractor pulling sport has lost a great man, ambassador, and fair competitor. He always had an open ear to the pulling fans in the pits and never lost, despite his long illness the fun at his life and his hobby.
The competitors, organizers and the fans of the pulling sport will definitely sorely miss him in the future. Bram will always in the mind of the people and will never be forgotten.

Our thoughts are with the whole family and the European Maid Pulling Team.
We wish his son Joey, his daughter Naomi and the whole family and Team a lot of strength to cope with this terrible loss!

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DTTO on exhibition at Agritechnica 2019

The German Tractor Pulling Association (DTTO) has again a booth at the 2019 Agritechnica in Hannover, Germany. For those of you who visit the "Agritechnica": Stop by at the DTTO booth in ''Halle 5'' Section ''E35''. Take a close look at the 4.5t/9260lbs farm stock "Yellow Nightmare" and the 3.5t/7700lbs modified "Boomerang", get the first information for the 2020 season or simply have a chat with some pullers. The Agritechnica is the world´s largest exhibition for agricultural machinery with more than 2750 exhibitors from 51 countries and is organized by the DLG (Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft) every 2 years. The Agritechnica starts on Sunday, 10th of November with the exclusive days and ends on Saturday, 16th of November 2019.

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Saturday, November 09, 2019

New home for Longnecker's single Griffon

The Rolls Royce V12 Griffon Merlin powered 7400lbs modified tractor called ''River Rat'' of Wayne Longnecker from Cambridge, Iowa in the USA has found a new home in the USA. Last year, Wayne decided after almost 40 years with Allison V12 and Rolls Royce Griffon V12 Merlin engines on his mod tractors to switch to MBR (Miner Bros. Racing) V8 Hemi engines on his new mod.
After a year in his workshop, Wayne decided to sell his V12 Griffon Merlin powered tractor to a new owner in the south of the USA. The complete tractor was sold to Doug Voth from Gainesville, Texas.
After the tractor was sold, the single Griffon Merlin machine received a new wrap job, a new look, and a new name. The tractor is called ''Super Marine Spitfire' now. After many years in a yellow-black look, the look was changed to silver metallic on the fenders and silver-gray on the side shields and the frame. The new look and design on the fenders, side shields and on the frame remind on the old airplanes from the second world war, which is very nice made. The new aluminum fenders were polished by the Team himself, that's why the fenders shining in that silver metallic look. The whole new wrap job was designed by Doug Voth himself and the company called ''Impact Signs'' from Ft. Worth, Texas applied them.
The Super Marine Spitfire (River Rat) was built by Wayne Longnecker and the River Rat Pulling Team during the winter of 2000 and 2001. But why have Wayne chosen an RR Griffon Merlin powerplant for his project at that time?
Wayne was a spectator at the Dutch Indoor Pull in Ahoy, Rotterdam in 1989. Then he saw somebody's Griffon engines pulling over there and he was impressed with the way they ran something different and he loved the sound own.
But it wasn't Wayne's only visit in Europe. He helped in 1999 the Green Monster Pulling Team from Germany to get their Allison engines running right again and he was together with the Team at the European Superpull again in Ahoy, Rotterdam. In 1993 Wayne and his Team take the chance to buy some engines through David Prince in England for a couple of thousand dollars. David Prince is the owner and driver of the twin Allison V12 powered mod tractor called ''Just Another Invader'' from Canada. In 2001, the team competed with the single Griffon tractor for the first time very successful in the Outlaw Pulling Series.
In the first years, his engine ran on av-gas, later he changed to methanol fuel. The engine received a homemade fuel injection system with a better ignition system and many other different small technical things. The methanol fuel system worked very well, but it wasn't a breakage-free time. They blew up a lot of superchargers and a lot of other parts during that period before they finally determined what they are doing wrong. After years of trial n' error, the engine of the modified tractor ran now pretty consistent without any big problems and brought him some further wins and titles in the Outlaw Pulling scene of the 7400lbs mod division.
Doug Voth has competed with his new toy on some Outlaw Pulling Championship pulls and on his home pull in Lindsay, Texas, where he also had the support from Wayne Longnecker this year. For the upcoming season, he has planned to compete in the Outlaw Pulling Championship and RRTTPA Championship (Red Rivers Truck & Tractor Pullers Association) in his home state Texas.

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Friday, November 08, 2019

Q & A with Brent Payne

Brent Payne, 40 years old from Hamilton, Ohio in the USA. Brent is the owner of the company called ,,Gene's Machine Shop (GMS)'' which manufactures pulling parts for pulling tractors in the USA and Europe. Before he was the owner of the GMS shop, Brent Payne was the driver and owner of the John Deere component super stock tractor called ''Color of Money''. Currently, he's the crew chief of Earl and Peggy Wells's Galot Pulling Team from Benson North Carolina and also the driver of the Agco DT225 component super stock tractor called ''Galot 1'' and spare driver of the second super stock called "Galot 2" of the team. What are you doing in your normal life?
Brent Payne: I am the owner of Gene’s Machine Shop, Inc. We build engine and driveline parts for tractor pulling. What do you like to do in your free time, except Tractor Pulling?
Brent Payne: In my free time, my family and I like to go boating or camping. We also enjoy traveling around the US and Europe. What do you like about Tractor Pulling?
Brent Payne: Tractor Pulling has been in me for all of my life. My Dad has always been a fan and puller so I followed him. I enjoy the competition and the technical ideas. Mostly, I enjoy the different people we get to meet and the places we are able to see. What was your first Tractor Pulling event?
Brent Payne: I really can't remember… I started going to pulls when I was just a baby! What is your favorite Event / Pulling track?
Brent Payne: Fort Recovery, Ohio has always been a favorite for me since I was a little guy. For the past few years, we have been traveling to Benson, North Carolina. Of course, the Galot Motorsports track is the home of our team, but I really enjoy visiting and pulling there. When and where do you have driven a Pulling Tractor for the first time?
Brent Payne: I started pulling pedal tractors when I was 3 years old. Next on a garden tractor at 13 and on to antiques at 14. My first super stock experience was at 16 years old in Burlington, Kentucky. What was your biggest success?
Brent Payne: My pulling career has been very good so far. As a Galot Motorsports driver, I have won Tomah, Bowling Green, Louisville, and many others. I also have a Bowling Green ring. I have also had the privilege of pulling in Ahoy Stadium (NL) (European Superpull) two times in my career (Color of Money & Galot). One of the most memorable successes was being the driver of the winning Pro Stock (Mud Patrol) in the European Championships in Alphen (NL). Being involved with the NTPA for many years, I have been Rookie of the Year, Mechanic of the Year, and Crew Chief of the year.  All amazing rewards for not only me, but for the team as well. Which Pulling classes do you like too?
Brent Payne: I really like super stock. modifieds are probably my second favorite. What was your biggest disappointment?
Brent Payne: No Grand National Championship points title… yet. Which things must be changed in the future of the Tractor Pulling sport?
Brent Payne: Well pulling in Europe is moving very fast. I like many of the ideas I see when visiting a pull there. In the US, the sport needs to be adapted to the current times. Our fan base needs to be re-energized to love the sport again. I feel the horsepower is growing too fast for most teams to stay competitive so we must for the correct limitations. What are your plans for the future in Tractor Pulling?
Brent Payne: Pulling is my business, but also my life… and my family’s life. We plan on being involved in pulling from now on. I would like to continue innovation. I would also like to keep helping teams become better pullers. What was for you the most important moment in the sport?
Brent Payne: I cannot say I have a most important moment. There have been some significant times for me that have changed my direction. Many years ago I set a goal of making money in the sport of Pulling. So many people told me this was not possible. The moments of doubt in others created fuel for my fire to move forward in the sport. What was your favorite Pulling Tractor project in the workshop during a winter?
Brent Payne: I really like to design and engineer new products. Creating some new idea or concept, manufacturing it, and testing on the track are exciting to me. Something you want to say?
Brent Payne: The most important thing to remember is that “I” did not accomplish these things on my own. It takes a team to get the vehicles to the track and to win events. I have been blessed with an amazing team at Gene’s Machine Shop and Galot Motorsports. We work hard as a group of individuals chasing a goal. Thank you for your time and good luck for the furture!   

Friday, November 01, 2019

New 3.6t Component Super Sport from the Netherlands

The Junior Simpson Pulling Team from Speuld in the Netherlands have built a completely new Ford 3.6t / 7930lbs component super sport machine during the last 2 years.
The Junior Simpson Pulling Team was founded in 2004 and in the winter of 2004 / 2005 the Dutch team had started to build a Ford 5000 tractor for the 2.5t sport class. Thankfully for this project team member, Kees Hoegen could take over the old Ford 5000 standard tractor of his granddad at this time. After the tractor arrived in the workshop, the Ford was rebuilt into a 2.5t sport class tractor and received the name ''Neighbours Nightmare''. Shortly after the building of the tractor another person came into the team, his name is Evert Mouw and after that, the team grew fast to a bigger team with 7 people. The team ran with the tractor in the top league of the Dutch Championship until 2017.
Before they retired with the Ford 5000 tractor from the 2.5t / 5500lbs class, there came the plans to switch into a other class in 2016. In January 2017, the guys started with the parts sourcing for the new component project. After all the parts were sourced, Gertjan Kees and Evert Mouw started with the building of the new Ford tractor for the 3.6t super sport class. During the same time, the rest of the team started to rebuild a new transport vehicle for the new tractor. They rebuilt an old Scania truck into a mobile home with a living room, a kitchen, beds for all crew members and many more different things. In the newly rebuilt trailer is enough space for the Ford tractor and all the tools. The rebuilt of the whole vehicle took over 2 years and many 1000 of hours of work. The whole design on the new transport combination was done by Marco Mathijssen of M2iD from Roosendaal in the Netherlands and the company called ''Van Winkoop'' from Ermelo in the Netherlands did all the paint job and foil work.
But back to the new tractor. Most of the parts for the new project were developed and drew on Autocad, which made the later building process easier for the team, especially in the building of parts. The component tractor received a new homemade 3mm Domex 700 wedge frame with a new homemade 3 bar chrome-moly roll cage, a Kirkey Racing driver seat with 4 point harness, a hydraulic steering from a boat with a hydraulic steering cylinder, new homemade chrome-moly wheelie bars and a Rockwell rear end with a newly constructed drawbar.
The Domex frame rails and holders were laser cut and bent by Axxent Metaal B.V. in Vaasen in the Netherlands. Axxent Metaal B.V. also has laser cut all the new moveable steel weights for the new machine.
The new component chassis is much lighter compared to an old-style super sport tractor with the old stock rear end and stock gearbox. Another advantage with a component machine is, you have many more possibilities for moveable weight, which makes it easier to find the right balance on tracks with lots of traction.
The hood on the component machine is a Ford 8970 hood from the old Ford 70 Series. The new rear fenders on the Ford tractor are very light built. The Junior Simpson Team purchased the fenders from the Rough and Tumble Pulling Team (have a New Holland TG285 Pro Stock) from Heino in the Netherlands.
The first generation of the Ford 70 Series was built from 1993-2000 and the 2nd generation between 2000 and 2004. The 8970s were also sold as Landini Starland 270 in Italy between 2004 and 2005, which was the latest and last version that was built. The 70 series was manufactured in 2 different versions. Once for Europe with high lifting power and four-wheel drive and for North America as a tractor with twin rear wheels. The stock tractor is powered by a water-cooled turbocharged Ford 456 Genesis engine with 456cui / 7.5l on diesel fuel. The 6 cylinder power plants also have a cross-flow cylinder head with spiral intake ports and a Bosch diesel fuel injection pump.
The completely new vinyl graphics on the tractor were done by Marco Mathijssen of M2iD (pullingart) from Roosendaal in the Netherlands and the guys of the company ''Van Winkoop'' have placed vinyl graphics on the tractor. Van Winkoop also has done the whole paint job work on all the parts of the new ride. The SQHD Rockwell housing of the rear axle was machined and got an original Rockwell center section with a stock needle bearing Rockwell diff, a Rockwell ring, and pinion gear, new machined half shafts, Franklin planetaries carrier housing with Franklin planetaries and Engler Machine & Tool aluminum brake calipers with laser-cut steel brake discs.
Also completely new built is the drivetrain of the Ford tractor. The drivetrain received a new Profab 3 Speed HD transmission from the USA with a homemade steel driveshaft from the transmission to the clutch, a 12.5 inch centrifugal clutch with 4 discs and a billet steel flywheel by Laurens den Boer of the Simply Green Pulling Team from Molenaarsgraaf in the Netherlands. The new clutch from the Simply Green Team is protected by a homemade steel clutch bell housing.
For the optimum grip on the dutch pulling tracks, the team purchased a set of new cut Michelin 650/65/R38 tires on newly built steel rims. The new Michelin tires were cut by 3.6t Super Sport competitor Hans Heesakers in the Netherlands.
The new Simpson component super sport tractor is powered by a turbocharged Ford 401 DFT engine with 6 cylinders and a displacement of 6.6l on diesel fuel.
The engines were used in the Ford TW tractors, like in the Ford TW-25 and TW-35. The original engine for the tractor was built between 1979 and 1986 in the Ford engine plant in the UK. The stock power plant was further and further improved during those 7 years. One version was not turbocharged with a maximum of 110hp, the 2nd version was turbocharged with 140hp and the third version of the engine had an intercooler and a turbocharger with a maximum of 170hp. The biggest engine was used in the Ford TW-30 (built between 1979 and 1983) and in the Ford TW-35 (built between 1983 and 1986). All versions of the engine had a displacement of 6.6l.
Back to the pulling engine.
For the pulling sport, the TW engine received a lot of changes, especially to increase the horsepower and the torque. The engine for the component tractor comes from a Ford TW-20. So, the power plant of the machine got a stock engine block without sleeves, a stock Ford 401 BDT crankshaft with stock rods and stock pistons, a revised Ford stock cylinder head with stock revised valves by KMB (Koebrugge Metaal Bewerking B.V.), a grinded camshaft, a homemade intake and exhaust manifold, a aluminum Intercooler from the Rednex Pulling Team from Vroomshoop in the Netherlands, a billet Holset HX82 turbocharger by Santen Technics from Vroomshoop in the Netherlands, a homemade aluminum oil pan with a Aviaid 4 Stage oil pump from VSP (Veldhuizen Special Products), a homemade fuel tank and a Bosch P diesel fuel injection pump with 16mm elements by Dutch Pump Performance (DPP) from Vroomshoop in the Netherlands. For 2020 they have planned to put a data logger on the engine, the displacement on the 401 BDT engine should be increased to 7l and many more updates are planned on the power plant.
The first season of the new tractor was a bit bumpy. Especially the newly built engine worked not perfect at the first events and with the new component setup it was a completely new world for the whole Dutch Team from Speuld. So the first season was a learning year for them to find the right settings for the engine and the perfect setup for the whole Ford component tractor.
The Junior Simpson Pulling has planned to compete with their new Simpson component super sport machine in the Dutch Championship again and maybe in the ETPC Euro Challenge for farm stock tractors.

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Q & A with Henk Vos

Henk Vos, 52 years old from Punthorst in the Netherlands. He is the older brother of Bert and Jacob Vos and driver and co-owner of the Massey Ferguson 7726 component limited super stock tractor called ''Brothers Toy''. Henk also is a reigning European Champion in the 600kg compact diesel class which he won the title in 2009. What are you doing in your normal life?
Henk Vos: Eating, working, sleeping,
I work at a very large pastry factory, called Van Dijk at Zwartsluis, supply the factory, and dispose of finished products. What do you like to do in your free time, except Tractor Pulling?
Henk Vos: In my spare time, I enjoy doing things with family and friends, I also try to go into the woods twice a week on my ATB.
Last year I did an ATB tour of 200 km in one day. What do you like about Tractor Pulling?
Henk Vos: It has become a second family, think, designing and building is beautiful, appearance is important to me, everything has to fit as much as possible, the drive is of course, beautiful, but achieving as a team is just as beautiful.
And everything in the competition around it, determine what and how we want to do it, and what other teams do, also in other classes, just the technique and the was of thinking of everyone. What was your first Tractor Pulling event?
Henk Vos: I think the indoor van Kootwijkerbroek (NL) in 2000, the first time look at the compact diesel class before we started building our first machine. What is your favorite Event / Pulling track?
Henk Vos: I do have several, but I think Made's Powerweekend (NL) is at the top. When and where do you have driven a Pulling Tractor for the first time?
Henk Vos: I think it was in 2003 or 2004, but where the first, I really don't remember. What was your biggest success?
Henk Vos: It was our success, on the EC in Denmark 2006, our sister Aaltje first with the Sisters Enjoy, I first with the Ford ''Brothers Toy'' at the 2009 EC in the Netherlands.
Then we have immediately sold the IH compact diesel Sisters Enjoy, it was simply too much work to maintaining two machines.
My personal success is that then we have built a new machine and we got compliments from other teams about the appearance. I think that I am keeping a close eye on the proportions during construction.
After that the entire finish is also my job, my motto is also if he does not do it, it must still be beautiful, then is not due. Which Pulling classes do you like too?
Henk Vos: I think a lot of classes are beautiful, from farm stock to Grand National, as long as there is speed in it, if you can smoke a cigar during a run, I can’t keep the attendees with all due respect. What was your biggest disappointment?
Henk Vos: The major engine damage with the light modified in Stroe (NL), that was a really big disappointment, but that is why we ended up at the limited super stock. Which things must be changed in the future of the Tractor Pulling sport?
Henk Vos: Not so much, let’s all just respect and appreciate each other, no matter which group you belong to, we need all each other. What are your plans for the future in Tractor Pulling?
Henk Vos: Just make nice runs with the limited super stock, we don't have to win every game, but we are going to win. What was for you the most important moment in the sport?
Henk Vos: Every time we lose someone from the “Family” a minute of silence is requested at a Pulling match, then it is quiet, then there is still respect. What was your favorite Pulling Tractor project in the workshop during a winter?
Henk Vos: Then is no longer a competition, developing and applying new things that we have been thought up, innovating and improving. Something you want to say?  
Henk Vos: Let’s go on with all of us, just do it normally, then you will act oddly enough. Thank you for your time and good luck for the furture!   

2019 NTPA Grand National Super Stock Diesel Champion Interview