Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The Rover Meteor V12 tank engine

Another engine from the 2nd world war which European modified pulling teams are currently using is the Rover V12 tank engine. In the past, the engines were used by many different pulling teams in Europe like the Ghost Buster Pulling Team from Germany, the De Jong Special Pulling Team from the Netherlands or the Gators Pulling Team from Denmark. Here is a history from the Wikipedia site about the British tank engine from the second world war how everything started with the development of the powerplant.

The Rolls-Royce Meteor and later the Rover Meteor was a British tank engine developed during the Second World War. It was used in British tanks up to 1964. It was a result of co-operation between Leyland Motors and Rolls-Royce who between them in 1941 had suggested that a specialised de-rated version of the latter company's Merlin aero-engine would be highly suitable for use in armoured fighting vehicles.
The Meteor was developed from the Merlin by W. A. Robotham and his chassis design and development division at Clan Foundry, Belper, as they were not involved in aero-engine work and his engineers were under-used. With the aid of engineers from Leyland, who were engaged in tank work, he considered RR's two V12s; the Kestrel, while having more power than the existing "Liberty" or Meadows engines, did not provide the desirable 20 bhp per ton required, so the 1,030 bhp (770 kW) Merlin III was chosen. Robotham was at pains to point out that Rolls-Royce could not manufacture the engines, so would not benefit commercially.
The Directorate of Tank Design (DTD), on 27 April 1941, supported production of the Meteor, eventually placing orders direct with Rolls-Royce to maintain development in connection with the Cromwell tank. A new tank specification, A27M, was produced for design of the Meteor-powered tank. The Meteor engine went on to become one of the most successful British tank engines.

Engine design
Development started with the use of recovered Merlin engine parts from crashed aircraft. While unsuitable for re-use in aircraft, the Rolls-Royce chassis division had begun collecting and refurbishing them in the hopes of finding a use. Robotham was approached by Henry Spurrier of Leyland Mechanization and Aero, to ask about help with tank powerplants. Based on Spurrier's requirement, the first prototype Meteor engine (and subsequent production of Mark 1 engines) was assembled on the basis of recovered Merlin parts.
The major change for tank use was reversing the direction of engine rotation. Automotive gearboxes ran the opposite way to an aircraft propeller and changing direction required modification of the camshaft lobes. The Merlin had its supercharger, reduction gear and other equipment removed from its crankshaft, greatly simplifying its construction. The dimensions were now similar to the Nuffield Liberty engine and it would fit into the Liberty Mark VI version in the Crusader tank. The Merlin's dual ignition system was retained, each cylinder possessing two sparking plugs each driven from separate magnetos.
The first Merlin prepared for tank use was tried in a modified Crusader in September 1941 at Aldershot. The test team had trouble timing its runs because it was so fast, estimating it reached 50 miles per hour (80 km/h). This proved the concept, and the engine was tried in the Crusader tank, surpassing all expectations. The engine was commissioned for use in the new Cromwell tank.
Changes were made to the Cromwell tank development programme to accommodate the new engine. To enable fitting in-line with a Merrit-Brown gear (and steering) box, the engine was lowered. A new flat sump was created, the oil pumps changed and the crankshaft could now line up with the new gearbox. Many of the aircraft specific parts of the engine were deleted, such as the propeller reduction gear and the aircraft-style starter. The new engine had cast, rather than forged, pistons and was de-rated to around 600 bhp (447 kW), running on lower-octane pool petrol instead of high-octane aviation fuel. British Thomson-Houston (BTH) Magnetos were changed for Simms units.

Expansion into tank design
The engine, and the Rolls-Royce team's fresh look at tank development, had a major impact on British tank design. As development of the engine progressed, the Rolls Royce team became more and more involved in development of the tank. Despite his lack of experience in tank design or warfare, Robotham was made Chief Engineer of Tank Design and joined the Tank Board. He was involved in the Cruiser Mk VIII Challenger tank. The Rolls Royce chassis division, which had commenced the Meteor design, evolved into its Tank Division at Belper and was involved with the overall design of four versions of the Cromwell tank, using a standard set of components.

Early prototypes were produced by Rolls Royce. In 1941, Leyland, which had an order for 1,200 Meteor engines, was still advocating its own diesel tank engine for the Cromwell tank. It would deliver only 350 hp (260 kW), but it was concerned with the problem of sufficient cooling for the Meteor within the confines of the tank engine bay. When Leyland withdrew its support, Robotham took the problem to Ernest Hives. Hives took the problem to the Ministry of Supply, telling Lord Beaverbrook that he already had his hands full making Merlin aero engines, and Rolls-Royce would want £1 million to its credit and 'no interference'[citation needed] to make tank engines, Beaverbrook telegrammed back,
OHMS Ministry of Supply to W. Hives Nightingale Road Rolls-Royce Derby
The British Government has given you an open credit of one million pounds. This is a certificate of character and reputation without precedent or equal. Beaverbrook
An order for 1,000 engines followed, and a new tank design specification was created: A27M, splitting design of the Meteor powered Cromwell away from Leyland to Birmingham Railway Carriage and Wagon Company (BRC&W). They resolved the cooling problems, ultimately delivering before Leyland's version, although production leadership later switched back to Leyland when BRC&W could not keep up with demand.
The Meteor was initially produced by Rolls-Royce but manufacturing capacity was severely limited due to the demand for Merlin engines. Early units were still manufactured using recovered Merlin parts and many early Meteors still showed crash damage. When engine manufacturing needed to increase output, brand new engines had to be made. Because weight saving was not so important for a tank engine, some of the Merlin's more expensive light-alloy components were replaced with cheaper, steel versions. It was also envisaged that the Meteor would use some components rejected on quality grounds for the Merlin, i.e. Merlin scrap. Many of these rejected parts while not meeting strict standards for airworthiness, were perfectly adequate for use in ground vehicles where the crew or operators were not subject to the inherent hazards involved in flight.
To increase production, Meadows produced some Meteors but the small factory of 2,000 men was producing 40 types of engine. To make enough Meteors for the Cromwell build programme, Rolls-Royce agreed to move Meteor production to the Rover Company at Tyseley and Morris at Coventry.
Rolls-Royce was also aiding the development of production jet engines at Rover, but progress there was slow and Rover became disillusioned. Hives struck a deal in December 1942 with Spencer Wilks of Rover to trade W.2B/23 production at Barnoldswick for the Rolls-Royce tank engine factory in Nottingham and production of the Meteor, to become officially effective on 1 April 1943. In 1943, an acute shortage of blocks was met by dismantling surplus older marks of Merlin.
Rover took over the Meteor in January 1944 and in 1946 the British Government made Rover responsible for research and development of large military engines. In this role, Rover continued the development and production of the Meteor Mk IVb and various derivatives, including the Meteorite V8 and the M120 V12. Rover ceased this activity in 1964, having produced approximately 9,000 engines and Rolls-Royce again became responsible for the manufacture of spare parts. Future engines for British tanks were manufactured by the engine division Rolls-Royce Diesels of Shrewsbury, which was acquired by Perkins in the 1980s. Perkins was taken over by Caterpillar Inc in 1997.

Previously British tanks had been regarded as underpowered and unreliable and the Meteor is considered to be the engine that, for the first time, gave British tanks ample, reliable power. Replacing the earlier Liberty L-12 licence-built by Nuffield and used in the Crusader, the Meteor engine in the Cromwell tank provided almost twice the performance in virtually the same 1,650-cubic-inch (27.0 l) displacement. Reliability was significantly improved against previous tank engines. From its R-R Merlin origins, the Meteor was very lightly stressed and reliable. With the introduction of the Meteor engine in the Cromwell, originally intended for the 340 horsepower (250 kW) Liberty, the boost to 550 horsepower (410 kW) gave the vehicle exceptional mobility and speed. This increase in power made it possible to integrate greater armour on following tanks. Designers and military planners started to consider the possibility of a Universal tank, able to undertake both high-armour (Infantry tank) and high-mobility (Cruiser tank) roles. Ultimately, this resulted in the Centurion tank and evolved into the main battle tank concept.

The Meteor was used in the following vehicles:

    -Avenger, a reworked design of Challenger for use as self-propelled artillery.
    -Tortoise experimental assault tank.
    -Caernarvon, used to train crews for Conqueror
    -Conqueror post war heavy tank

The Meteor was also used as the propulsion for the experimental Helmore Projector, later known as the Helmover, a 30ft long remote controlled torpedo. It never reached deployment before the end of the war.

(Source: wikipedia.com)

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Monday, July 27, 2020

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Friday, July 24, 2020

Green Monster 5 Mitas Edition now available as scale model in 1:32

The twin Allison V1710 V12 powered 2.5t / 5500lbs light modified tractor called ''Green Monster 5 Mitas Edition'' of the Green Monster Pulling Team from Germany is available as scale model in 1:32 now. The German company ''autocult'' from Wendelstein produced the scale model of the German light modified machine in a limited number of pieces. The scale model is limited to 333 pieces. 
Currently, the 1:32 scale model of the twin Allison is available in the fan shop of the Green Monster Team for 145€.

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R.I.P Randy Petro

At the beginning of this week, we have reported on the pullingworld website about the inductee of two-wheel drive competitor Randy Petro into the NTPA Hall of Fame. Only a day later came the saddening news from the Petro family about the death of Randy. The former NTPA GN champion was diagnosed with lung cancer in early December of 2019. But, unfortunately, he should never recover from this bad illness. With Randy Petro the tractor pulling sport has lost a legend and a great competitor. With certainty, the competitors, organizers, and fans of the pulling sport will definitely sorely miss him in the future. Randy will always in the mind of the people and will never be forgotten.
We wish the whole family and team a lot of strength to cope with this terrible loss.

Here is a nice article about the career of Randy Petro from the NTPA: 
The WPI/NTPA family is heartbroken in announcing the passing on Wednesday, July 22 of Randy Petro, 62, of Camden, Ohio after a months-long battle with cancer. Mr. Petro was a five-time Grand National champion in the Two Wheel Drive division and the patriarch of the Petro Motorsports Team that won 10 consecutive premier-level titles from 2009 through 2018.
Visitation for Mr. Petro's family and friends is scheduled for Sunday, July 26 from 3 to 8 p.m. at Bales Funeral Home, 249 North Main Street in Camden, Ohio 45311. After a viewing from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday, his funeral will be held at Fairhaven Community Church, 6585 Israel Somers Road in Camden.
The owner of Petro Trucking in Camden, Mr. Petro began his pulling career in stock Four Wheel Drive in the late 1970s, and a foray into sanctioned pulling in 1984 in the supercharged division with "Milsap Magic" ended after just one year. He returned to Regional National and Ohio State Tractor Pullers Association competition in 1990 with his first Two Wheel Drive---the "Buckeye Hauler" Ford Ranger---and won a state championship in his rookie season. He added "Challenger" to double the size of the nascent Petro Trucking stable for 1991, and it took sixth place behind "Hauler"'s third in the Pro National standings.
For the very next campaign, he exchanged the pickup look of "Challenger" for the iconic T-bucket he christened "Kathy's Komplaint." It was an alliterative term of endearment toward his devoted wife, who initially feared for Mr. Petro's safety, exposed as he was in the open cab of the wheelstander. Mr. Petro would proceed to pilot various editions of that truck for the next 28 years.
The "Hauler"/"Komplaint" tandem was a winner from the beginning, as Mr. Petro was both champion and runner-up in Region II in 1992 with nine combined PN/RN victories and a sweep at Ionia. A first title for "KK" and fifth-place finish by "BH" came on the PN circuit in 1993 before a move to the Grand National circuit for 1994 put "KK" in third at season's end.
In 1995, Mr. Petro was the Grand National champion with "Kathy's Komplaint" as he debuted "Buckeye Hauler: Next Generation" in sixth. The pair of roadsters were fourth and sixth in 1996 as Randy undertook yet another challenge: The multi-engine Modified division. There, he took second in both the 7,200-lb. Limited Mod and 7,600-lb. Unlimited with the four- to five-engine "Multi Chaos," winning once at each weight. With "Chaos" second in MOD and fourth in UNL, the trucks likewise moved up to second and fourth in 1997.
At that point, son Jessie was ready for a ride and took the reins of "Buckeye Hauler," promptly finishing sixth and being voted Co-Rookie of the Year. The younger Petro would begin a string of seven consecutive top-10 finishes in the GN TWD standings while his dad maintained his own top-10 streak with both "KK" in TWD---winning it all a second time in 2001---and "Multi Chaos" in at least one of MOD or UNL through 2003.
A 2004 Bowling Green ring turned out to be Mr. Petro's last hurrah in the Unlimited division, as Petro Motorsports downsized to just single-engine vehicles beginning in 2005. But over time, they attained quite a collection of them. "2 Timin'" joined the squad in 2007, and after a three-year stretch running Region II that resulted in titles for Randy and "Komplaint" in 2007 and 2008, the Ford Ranger won Jessie his first GN title in 2009. Meanwhile, Randy was voted GN Rookie of the Year thanks to his entry into yet another division with a Modified Mini---eventually named "Freak on a Leash"---that made effective use of the team's spare engine.
The father countered the son's GN title with two more of his own in 2010 and 2011. But after it added a fourth truck, informally called the "Penguin" for its monochromatic paint scheme, the team would soon add a third member, nephew Joey Frasur, to drive the renamed "Runnin' Block" beginning in 2013. Frasur's success was immediate, as he converted his opportunity into the team's third Rookie of the Year campaign. And Jessie? In 2015, he added a fifth truck, "P5," but mostly added GN crowns---six of them---to extend Petro Motorsports' unprecedented streak to nine entering the 2018
A new "Kathy's Komplaint" debuted in 2016, but the old chassis, rebadged "Vintage KK," continued its title-claiming ways in Region II for three additional seasons and matched its successor as Mr. Petro was twice victorious at the Enderle Pull-Off. The next season, "Kathy's" two "Komplaint"s combined to win nine of the Western subregion's 14 hooks. And in 2018, competing everywhere it could across several national circuits, Petro Motorsports deployed seven vehicles and four drivers: "Buckeye Hauler, "Kathy's Komplaint," "2 Timin'," "Runnin' Block," "Vintage Kathy's Komplaint," "P5," and "2 Timin' 2," variously piloted by Randy, Jessie, Joey, and Chad Mayhill.
Was the chaos of a multi-truck shop and multi-hauler driveway a distraction? Hardly. It was all kept in order by Kathy, 2017's Crew Chief of the Year. In fact, the Petro conveyor belt turned out a workmanlike 10th straight GN title with Randy, after winning only the 45-truck Saturday night class in Tomah, unseating Jessie atop the standings and claiming his second BG ring.
2019 proved to be a difficult season, as the elder slipped to third with "Kathy's Komplaint" and neither "Runnin' Block" nor "Buckeye Hauler" found consistency. And the offseason took a tragic turn, as an ailing Randy was diagnosed with lung cancer that rapidly metastasized. Piloting "KK" in Randy's place at the legendary National Farm Machinery Show Championship Tractor Pull in Louisville, Kentucky, Jessie dominated the proceedings, first with a Friday night heat win and then with an emotional Saturday night Finals victory.
Mr. Petro's name will be well remembered by even casual observers as that of a fierce competitor in several supercharged divisions. But he was most respected by his fellow pullers and students of the game for his team's meticulous preparation and his own diligent analysis of each contest's pulling surface to maximize his opportunity to contend. Indeed, it can rightfully be said that Randy Petro did most of his winning before the starter was engaged.
WPI/NTPA expresses our sincere condolences to Kathy, Jessie and Jessica, Joey, and the entire Petro family and team who were on hand on Friday, July 10 to see Randy take his place among the greats of all time in the Pulling Hall of Fame. Mr. Petro will be deeply missed by the patrons, participants, and presenters of a grateful motorsport.

Knox County Fair pull cancelled!

From NTPA:
In a late-breaking development, the Knox County Agricultural Society has announced the cancellation of the 2020 Knox County Senior Fair in Mount Vernon, Ohio due to the tightening of state and local health regulation enforcement amid the coronavirus pandemic. The fair's slate of activities was scheduled to begin just three days after the announcement.
Therefore, the Knox County Fair Regional National Pull that had been scheduled for Sunday, July 26 has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled this season.
The tentative 2021 date for the Mount Vernon event is July 25.
The following is a portion of the release that was released by Knox Public Health on Thursday, July 23:
With the support of local officials, Health Commissioner Julie Miller has cancelled the portion of the Knox County Fair referred to as the senior fair. This includes grandstand events, most food vendors, merchant exhibits, and other displays. The fair is slated to open on Sunday. All Junior Fair activities and harness racing will still take place as scheduled.
Initially committed to staging the annual fair, local officials lately have struggled with how to conduct the fair safely in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"After discussing the issue with fair board representatives, the local health department and considering Governor DeWine's new directives, we felt it was the appropriate response," said Knox County Commissioner Thom Collier. "There was not a way to ensure the safety of the public and maintain an environment conducive to operating a fair."
As health commissioner, Miller has the authority to cancel the fair in accordance with the Ohio Revised Code and the current Ohio public health emergency order ... "This decision is sure to upset many people, but I feel the health risks to the community outweigh the benefits of a fair," said Miller.
"I would not want to have the fair this year and have someone get sick and die and then, that person not be able to attend next year's fair," said [Fair Board President Dustin] Beheler.
Knox County's COVID-19 positive cases ... have quadrupled since Memorial Day and topped 100 on July 23.

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R.I.P Oz Hay

From NTPA:
WPI/NTPA is saddened to learn of the death on Sunday, July 19 of Clarence Franklin "Oz" Hay, 83, of Pelham, Georgia, formerly of Sikeston, Missouri. Mr. Hay was a regular competitor in the Two-Wheel-Drive division within the Outlaw Truck and Tractor Pullers and Mid-South Tractor Pullers Associations and pulled the "Nitro-Holic" Chevrolet roadster TWD for three seasons on the NTPA Grand National circuit.
After his employment as a machinist for Sems-Camcar in Rockford, Illinois, Mr. Hay became the proprietor of Oz Hay Enterprises, a fabrication and mechanical business in Sikeston. His first motorsport love was street racing, but after several tickets he took his pursuit of speed off the road and onto the dragstrip with a Buick V8-powered Ford. He dropped a series of supercharged Buicks into a rail frame dragster over the next several decades before scaling back his racing operations. Among his accomplishments were winning the International Hot Rod Association's Crew Chief of the Year Award in 1977 and becoming the second person to officially exceed 200 miles per hour while briefly holding a world speed record.
Mr. Hay turned his attention to truck pulling in 1995 with a 1965 Chevrolet pickup called "Nitro-Holic," a name it inherited from his final few racecars. A naturally aspirated S-10 came along in 2002 for MSPA competition, but that engine was replaced with a supercharged plant in 2004. The roadster edition of "Nitro-Holic" was built on the frame of the former "Jack Daniels" truck of Bill Humphrey and promptly won the 2005 Mid-South title.
Mr. Hay then claimed OTTPA TWD championships in 2006 and 2007 with a win apiece in each of those seasons. He pulled with the Ken-Ten and Illinois Tractor Pullers organizations for the next few seasons before joining the NTPA GN circuit from 2011 through 2013. His best year with the Association resulted in a 10th-place finish in the 2011 standings.
Mr. Hay was inducted into the Mid-South Pullers' Hall of Fame in 2014. But that was by no means his swan song, as he won that association's TWD titles two more times in 2015 and 2016.
Surviving are Elaine, Mr. Hay's wife of 64 years; one son, Dan (Sheri) Hay; one daughter, Sherry (Tim) McCoy; his brother, Bill (Carol) Hay; one nephew, Daryl (Shari) Hay; his grandchildren, Mallory (Wesley) Hay, Zakk (Deanna) Hay, Josh (Lillian) McCoy, and Anthony (Heather) McCoy; and his great-grandchildren Jameson, Hannah, JR, Ryker, Landyn, Piper, and Macaila.
Please keep Elaine and the entire Hay family in your prayers during their time of grief.

R.I.P Roger Simon

From NTPA:
The WPI/NTPA office regrets to report the passing on Sunday, July 19 of Roger Simon, 67, of Farley, Iowa. Mr. Simon was a three-time Grand National champion in the Two-Wheel-Drive Truck division with his "Simon Sez Dodge," and he was the father of Two Wheel Drive and Light Unlimited competitors R.J. and Brandon Simon.
Mr. Simon was the President and CEO of Simon Trucking, the family-owned business begun in 1946 that had grown to serve clients throughout the contiguous United States and Canada with a fleet numbering over 100 trucks.
He broke into NTPA pulling in 1983 in the Four-Wheel-Drive Truck division and announced his presence on the national scene with victories at 5,800 lbs. in Tomah, Wisconsin and at 6,200 lbs. in Bowling Green, Ohio. His 1980 Chevrolet finished tied for sixth in the 58 and tied for fifth in the 62 in that season's Grand National standings.
He continued solely in the FWD division with teammate and crew chief Steve Olsen (Showtime) for a couple more seasons before adding the Trans Am-bodied "Stampede" Two Wheel Drive to the Simon Sez Team stable. Success again followed as he claimed the win at Lincoln, Nebraska's State Fair to close out the GN campaign. Having renamed the funny car "Simon Sez" for 1987, Mr. Simon finished first at that year's Tulsa GN Finals.
The "Simon Sez Dodge" Dakota came on board in 1988 and became the team's flagship. Between three runner-up GN finishes from 1990 through 1992 and three more from 1994 through 1996, the venerable red-and-yellow truck won Mr. Simon his first premier-level TWD title in 1993. He claimed the crown again in 1997 (in a most-wins tiebreaker over Randy Petro) and in 1998. For the last two, "SS Dodge" shared a hauler with the newcomer "Simon Sez Chevy," which finished third in the '98 standings. Mr. Simon proceeded to clinch four more national TWD titles with the American Tractor Pullers Association---three with "Dodge," one with "Chevy"---from 1999 through 2002 to give him a total of six titles and six runner-up finishes in 12 years across the two national organizations.
Mr. Simon competed only sporadically over most of the next two decades as the pulling careers of his sons were taking off, first in Two Wheel Drive and later in the nascent Light Unlimited division, where the Simon Sez Team has also captured three titles to date. But he returned to NTPA GN competition in force in 2019, and with the help of his sons put two trucks in the top six in year-end standings and qualified "Simon Sez Chevy" for the Enderle Pull-Off.
Private visitation for Mr. Simon's family and friends will be held on Friday, July 24 at Reiff Funeral Home, 330 First Avenue NW, Farley, Iowa 52046. Memorials may be sent to Reiff Funeral Home, Attention: Roger Simon Family at P.O. Box #99, Farley, Iowa, 52046. A Private Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 202 Second Avenue SE, Farley. A public celebration of life will be held following the burial at noon at Simon’s Trucking at 920 Simon Drive in Farley.
In addition to R.J. and Brandon, we ask that you keep the entire Simon family close in your thoughts as they mourn their loss.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Randy Petro inducted into NTPA Hall of Fame

5-time NTPA Grand National two wheel drive champion Randy Petro from Camden, Ohio was inducted into the NTPA 2020 Pulling Hall of Fame.

From NTPA:
Worthington, Ohio---The National Tractor Pullers Association has announced the induction of five-time Grand National Two-Wheel-Drive Truck champion Randy Petro into the 2020 class of the Pulling Hall of Fame.
Petro, who has been battling terminal cancer for several months, was presented with his plaque in a private ceremony in his home in Camden, Ohio on Friday, July 10. Alongside the inductee were several family members including his wife Kathy, his son Jessie, and his nephew Joey. Together, the group comprises Petro Motorsports, which authored a streak of 10 consecutive division titles from 2009 to 2018. Several close friends also gathered to reflect upon and celebrate the culmination of a puller's journey.
Representing the NTPA were presenter Doug Theobald, standing in his father and Association president Keith Theobald's stead, and Gregg Randall, NTPA General Manager.
"Randy is a champion and a fighter," said Randall, "and we know he will battle to stay with us for as long as he can. But this is the best the pulling world can do to show our admiration and respect for an unmatched pulling career and a legendary figure in our sport."
Ordinarily, Hall of Fame inductions are formalized as the climax of the Association's Awards Banquet. The 2020 edition of that gathering has been cancelled amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and its devastating impact on the Championship Pulling season.
"There have been few silver linings in this awful plague year," Randall noted. "But in the absence of a banquet, there was no need to wait until December to rightfully honor Randy and to make this presentation to him and to Kathy."