Monday, December 31, 2007
Unfortunatly I've screwed up (accidently deleted) the videos from Balkbrug...:(
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
|Diesel Power Beurs|
The engines have all been fitted with new internals and MSD 44s, and three additional spare blocks should be enough to get them through their first season!
The goal is:
Bring Tractor Pulling videos to the fans in a timely manner and overall (and as usual) free of charge!
I will try what I can to produce free videos on my own. If anybody wants to add videos, too just send me a DVD / Video CD or upload to Google video on your own.
This is a way for promoters to get the word out about their events (how about getting last years pull online?).
Of course money has to be made to justify it, so I am offering advertising space in the videos I'll do.
To get an idea how it will look like, I have already linked three videos that were done in the past:
BTW: Will go to the Diesel Power Beurs in Balkbruk tomorrow late afternoon.
Friday, December 28, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
For all of you who currently sit at home, bored during the holidays, there is some places to go to in the next few days.
On the 29th of december there is the Diesel Power Beurs at Balkbrug/NL (Diamanthal) from 13.30h to 21.00h and on the 30th December the Basrijs guys have a little Indoor Pull at Etten-Leur/NL, starting from 13.00h to 19.30h.
I might pay a little visit to the Diesel Power Beurs with some of the hot farm guys from this area. Not even 100km and I ain't got nothing to do right now anyways... depends on my health though.
Might give me the chance to give my new video cam a try.
Monday, December 24, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
The fourth edition of Indoor Arnhem, Europe's biggest indoor tractor pulling event, will take place on saturday, april 12th 2008. This is a new date.
This new date is in the same period of the year as the successful 3d editon of 2007; the winter work is done and its just before the start of the outdoor season. We expect to provide the spectators with a stronger and more interesting field of pullers on this date. There will be no changes in the successful format:
* One compact evening session, packed with spectacular classes
* Two almost full length tracks: one for the hooded tractors and one for the modifieds and TWD's
* Three classes per track; a total of 6 classes
* Ticket prices start at € 23,50. Children under 14 at € 10,00
Tickets at http://www.indoorarnhem.nl/
Friday, December 21, 2007
I was released out of hospital this morning.
It all just started with a kidney stone - which got stuck in between my kidney and my bladder and blocked the exit of my left kidney.
At the first stay in hospital, they've put a hose from the kidney to the bladder, so the water could be released and it all could swell down to remove the stone later.
Was sent home with that - but the hose got plugged and so the exit of my kidney was plugged again.
Put me under anesthesia - removed the hose, crushed the stone, removed it all - and put a new hose back in, as it was now swollen even more.
Three days later that hose was plugged, too - and we did it all over again. Had to put me under anesthesia again as the first time, with part anesthesia, the doctor told me: "You almost jumped off my table!"
Now everything seems to be ok and I drove to my parents place this noon. I am still a little weak on my legs and sleep a lot - but at least home for Christmas!
I hope to be back in action before New Years.
Thanks for all the good wishes and
Monday, December 17, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
No idea when I will be back out, but I hope mid of next week to be home in time for Christmas.
Coverage of the Pull at Den Bosch of course is impossible now.
Merry Christmas everyone
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
I am back home in so / so condition. I had actually planned to go see the indoor pull in Den Bosch on saturday, but I am not too sure I am in good enough condition to go there - yet.
Anyhow, during my stay in the hospital the world kept spinning and there is some news to tell:
The van der Waal Team is busy getting their act back together and present two alky burner tractors in Zwolle in good condition:
The European Maid of Bram de Pijper and their own Terminator.
Tractorpulling.tv has added another hot farm event to their list of broadcasts, Harskamp to be exact.
Some real respect for John van Alphen and the Popeye team. Not only do they have the nerves to put the triple Allison Tractor back together, you can also follow the rebuild on their website (check news)
My step daughter, May, who most of you know or have met is entered in to a modelling competition for Miss Teen Princess UK 2008 (13 to 15 year olds), which is part of the Miss Teen Queen UK competition. She has qualified to the photo final which is a web based vote (by text or phone) to select the finalists for the 2008 competition to be held next year. Previous winners have gone on to model at such events as the Clothes Show Live and other prestigious venues so this is a real opportunity for her to forward her modelling career.
To qualify she has to finish in the top 5 as far as the on line voting and then has to be picked by a panel of judges from this shortlist to hopefully qualify for the grand final in London next June. The voting has just started and finishes on 1st January 2008 at 12pm.
Attached is a leaflet with the text vote line, send it as listed – Jennifer May Norris to 84205 with a capital as the first letter of each name and 1 space between them. From outside the UK you will need to phone your vote in.By phone the number is 0044 (0) 901 656 1515 and May is contestant number 22.
The web site link is below should you want to see her photo on it – select Contestants from the main menu on the left hand side and she is number 22.
You can vote as many times as you want to for her and any of your friends are welcome to support her!!!
Many thanks for you help.
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Friday, December 07, 2007
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
In time for Christmas, the Green Monster Team has opened it's ticket sale with a very special offer:
Since the event on April 26th and 27th 2008 will be official 30th anniversary of the team, a special "Jubiläumsticket" is avaliable.
For only 17 € you'll get entry for both days, free entry to the puller party and a free Pott's drink! This ticket is only avaliable through the pre sale.
The Green Monster team will try to get all 2007 Euro Cup champs to the pull and will also raise the purse for the 4.5t modified class quite some, to get a good field of competitors.
For the saturday a total of 1800 € was put up in price money for Stock and Super Sport competition, that is open to anybody who has a tractor built according to the (ETPC/NTTO/STPV/DTTO) rules.
Further info at www.greenmonster.de
Essen Motor Show is the Number-One Motor Sport Fair in Germany.
From the racing car to the Formula 1 star - at the Essen Motor Show 2007, motor sport is once again a very high priority. As a meeting place for active motor sportsmen and sportswomen, former racing drivers, sponsors and fans, the fair is regarded as the most important date at the end of the season throughout the scene.
In total, 110,000 visitors came to the Essen Motor Show on the starting weekend - although the duration has been shortened by one day. The fair will last up to and including next Sunday.
Monday, December 03, 2007
The tractor is now home in a new shop in North West Germany.
The fenders and rollcage had already been repainted before and thus the first pictures in the new color scheme could be taken, before the tractor was now disassambled down to the last bolt, to get renovated.
The engines are currently undergoing a complete overhaul, too
and will then be joined by one completely new Knox KB, giving the LP team three engines to run and one in spare for the 2008 season.
A few more shots
The legendary modified puller Art Arfons passed away today, December 3, 2007. The Akron, Ohio puller was well-known for his turbine-powered "Green Monster." Art was 81-years-old. Cards of Sympathy can be sent to his daughter Dusty (Arfons) Spraggins at 1941 Stimpfel Dr., Uniontown, OH 44685.
Saturday, December 01, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Budweiser Dairyland Super National Truck and Tractor Pull in
Tomah, Wisconsin Extends Sanctioning Contract with NTPA thru 2011
WORTHINGTON, Ohio – The WPI/NTPA office is pleased to announce that the Monroe County Agricultural Society, promoter of the Budweiser Dairyland Super National Truck and Tractor Pull event in Tomah, Wisc., has extended its sanctioning agreement with the National Tractor Pullers Association through the year 2011.
“The Budweiser Dairyland Super National Pull is pleased to extend our association with NTPA an additional three years,” said Mary Maas, General Manager. “We feel that NTPA’s years of continuity and professionalism help make our pull one of the top in the nation.”
As the Monroe County Agricultural Society prepares for its 33rd annual event, fans and pullers alike continue to enjoy the enduring relationship between this premier event and the NTPA. Featuring six sessions and two tracks, this pull draws record audiences, year after year. The action returns to Tomah on June 20, 21 and 22, 2008.
NTPA Office General Manager, Gregg Randall, said, "We value the longevity of the Tomah, Wis. event’s involvement with the NTPA, and are excited to be sanctioning this great event. The Budweiser Wisconsin NTPA Super Nationals is an event fans mark on their calendar each year, and it continues to grow and thrive thanks to the efforts of the Monroe County Ag. Society. With the Tomah, Wis. and Bowling Green, Ohio events under contract through the 2011 season, the NTPA has the two largest attended outdoor events on their schedule for the next four years. We are proud and honored that these events value the NTPA, its members, its fans and its commitment to the sport of producing high quality events. We will continue to work hard to maintain our level of excellence and to earn that respect."
For more information regarding the Budweiser Dairyland Super National Pull, call the Monroe County Agricultural Society at (608) 372-2081, log on to www.tomahtractorpull.com, or e-mail email@example.com.
For more information about the NTPA, visit their official Web site at www.ntpapull.com or contact the NTPA office at (614) 436-1761.
The guys in Dronten are busy!
There won't be much left of the former Country Girl tractor after this season. After the chassis rails had been replaced before already, and instead of 4 KBs, 5 New Century engines were supplying the power, they are now working on a new chassis and completely new rearend.
The Cat planetaries are getting a 4th wheel in and the new rearend housing was just mad eout of sheet metal. All this to withstand the enormous forces occuring the 4.5t mod class, that had killed the old rearend at the Euro Cup finals in Bettborn.
Their little "Jackass" tractor (0.95t mod = mini rod) is also getting a new chassis and with both of their tractors back in good condition, the team will probably once again be a top notch operation in the European circuit.
More info in dutch: http://www.simplyirresistible.nl/
Did some testing and put this video online to share with us:
The truck is rpm limited to 2700 rpm and runs in the dutch competition.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Team Crazy Torque are pleased to announce that they have purchased the De Jong Special from Holland. The deal was done with Twan de Jong on Saturday with help from Tom Jespers translating.
The tractor will be running in the 2.5 and 3.5 ton class and should really benefit the british modified class.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
While there, Thommy just arrived with the new hood and we could get an idea how the tractor is going to look like in the 2008 season!
|Visit Team Dschini|
Some good news:
The Super Kasper team around the Groenestein bros, who are long time pullers and used to run with a twin Rolls Royce Merlin tractor, have purchased the Red Diamond twin Griffon Machine. So the tractor will stay in one piece and also the dutch competition.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Thursday, November 22, 2007
After a lot of rambling behind the scenes, it's now official:
The Viper is sold to the new "LP Lacktechnik Racing Team" from Hilkenbrook / Germany.
LP stands for "Laing & Pape", two guys from north west Germany, who run LP-Lacktechnik, a company specialised in painting and powder coating for the industry.
This news unfortunatly means the slow exit of Joop Wouters, another pioneer of Tractor Pulling in Europe.
Joop started his career in the 70s, relying on V8 engines. In the early 80s he was very succsesful in the 3.5t modified class with a tractor called "Double Trouble".
The tractor was pretty up to date for it's time, utilitizing a Ford 5000 rearend with two blown, Hilborn injected 440 Dodges up front. Actually, it was the first European tractor with blown V8 engines, when it roared to a victory at the 1982 Ahoy Super Pull.
Numerous championships and victories where achieved.
In the 90s Joop came up with a new machine, a new "Double Trouble", spotting a up to date tube frame chassis below the two Dodges and a Keith Black Hemi sitting on top.
A few years later Joop again was right on the edge of technology, changing to a wedge chassis with two Keith Black engines on the nose. Lack of manpower forced him to drop out for a while, but with his son becoming the "right age" and bringing in a few of his friends, the "Viper" was reactivated and set up with 3 Keith Black engines.
Joop will still be involved with the new team though, being kind of their teacher for at least the next season.
Because a teacher is what they'll probably need with the plans they have. For 2008 they have set their eye on competing in the german championships and the 2.5t Euro Cup, to learn what it takes to go big in the future. To be competetive, they have aquired one complete new Keith Black engine and brought the two Viper engines "up to date" with new parts.
Their goal for the next three years, after having gained some experience, is to join the 4,5t Euro Cup and I can tell you, they mean business!
They hope to receive an invitation for the upcoming Indoor Pull at Zwolle, which is very close to home for them, and present the tractor there under the new name "Red Painter".
Where the "Painter" comes from should be clear - why "Red" is something I will tell you about next month, when I'll pay a little visit to their workshop.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
The new arena is located at Lidköping Motorstadium,
a new area for motor sport in Lidköping.
Members from the club has been working hard all summer
and at Friday May 23, 2008 the club will arrange the first
competion at the new arena that can receive 10.000 spectators.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
My concern was, that "big" teams would join into the class if it was held on the Euro Cup level and then ruin the great show the class had laid down with it's variety in the past and also in the 2007 Euro Cup Competition.
But ok... majority rules and so be it!
The invasion is now coming.
In the last season, if people had their eyes open, they could see some teams fold up, that run at the lower and mid range of the bigger national circuits.
When my team got to see the schedule for our 2008 season (21 events which equals something like 70 runs on each tractor), we really started to wonder what to do.
There is date conflicts with our national series and the fact we run 2.5t and 4.5t, will give us one weekend where we have to run one tractor in France on sat night and the other one in England on sunday afternoon. If the french run their show until late at night, there could be a problem even making the distance! That is a minor problem though...
But the fact we'll have to miss a german pull puts a question mark behind the participation in that series.
If we have our stuff running right, the talking behind our backs starts about how we, with "all that sponsor money" (wish it would be that way), beat on the little guys.
We see it a little different, but with the same consequence:
We with our experience and years of collecting parts, beating on the little guys.
Then there is other issues like tracks and infrastructure on the smaller events, plus a pretty time consuming circuit (due to the long distances that have to be traveled).
But since the number of Euro Cup competitions is limited to 6 events per class a year, you don't get a full schedule with that series, in case you decide to for running Euro Cup only... and still have to do both and run against the little guys, that don't see much of a perspective.
Now I've seen on the dutch board, that the A-Division guys are not too keen on running their competition in a mix with the Euro Cup Tractors, while the other way round, the Euro Cup guys are not happy to have "national" competitors mixed in. Both blame the others for ruining the tracks and screwing up the results.
Now.. is it time for a split?
Open up the Euro Cup to between 8 to 10 events per class a year.
So as team you can decide whether to run the Euro Cup or the national championship. With 8 to 10 events there still is the chance of supporting your local events and do some invitationals, but the pressure in the national series is gone.
Of course this will take a few top machines out of the national championships (depending on how many events there are), but I think it will give room for smaller teams to stay alive, develop or get started.
I know for a fact that three of them are not rumors and the other two didn't sound far off anyways, as I know the engines (and one rolling chassis) for those projects are there.
This shows just how much impact the addition of the 2.5t class to the Euro Cup last year had. Another thing probably is the current US $ exchange rate to the Euro, having made these engines a lot more affordable lately...
From today on (Nov.18th) Tractor Pulling will be featured on dutch TV weekly on RTL7. The shows will be on at 17.00 every sunday.
If you've missed it the first time, a week later on saturdays you'll get to see it again!
The dates for now are:
24th Nov - 13.00 h
1st Dec - 14.30 h
8th Dec - 14.30 h
15th Dec - 13.55 h
22th Dec - 14.40 h
29th Dec - 14.40 h
The times for january are not set yet, but should not be much different from the december times.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Sorry to send you only half the story last week. The new owners of Heartbeat are Mark Pacey (The Dealer Pulling Team) and Andy Miller (Bear Essentials Pulling Team). The intention is to get the tractor up and running for the UK competitions in 2008 and also attend some invitation pulls in Europe (providing we can get some invitations!!). We both fancied another challenge apart from the Minis’ and Prostocks so decided to invest in the TWD. Alan Williamson, the former owner, was also keen for the tractor to remain in the UK so he was pleased when we managed to sort a deal out with him for Heartbeat.
We are now looking forward to many hours in Mark’s workshop to get it ready for the first event!
I’ll send you more pictures as we start getting the tractor together and set up a new website for the team.
Friday, November 16, 2007
The NTTO had to change it's plans about the future regarding going on without the Belgian competitors.
Many of the dutch competitors of the current B division circuit were not happy with the decision of their board....
I am not going into the details here, but a new plan has to be laid out.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Part of the story is, that we'll from now on share one message board, a new classifieds section (from their end) as well as the chat and the pictures (from my end). The way the site is build up, it's rather similar to this one, but more focused on the US scene.
We'll probably merge both sites into one in the future (you're not going to miss anything that you are used to from this site) - but we still have to work out some details. For now Pullingworld remains the way it is and we'll see how pullingdepot.com takes off in the US market. Don't want to overload that site with European stuff now.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Stop by at the DTTO booth in "Halle 8" Section C27. Take a close look on Roude Leiw Junior, check the video presentations, get the new 2008 calenders or simply have a chat with some pullers.
Also on exhibition are Dragon Fire at the booth of Kramp and Isotov 2 at Good Year.
The Agritechnica is the world's largest exhibition for agricultural machinery.
The Agritechnica 2007 has started with a record level of exhibitor participation. 2,247 companies from 36 countries, including 2,168 direct exhibitors and 79 additionally represented companies will present a complete agricultural technical programme. The number of exhibitors has increased by almost 40 percent since the last event in 2005.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
November 12th, 2007 (Corona, CA) – The Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League is geared up for its Prime Time TV debut, airing all winter long on ESPN2. Coverage will include 17 unique shows, produced by Newave Productions and will highlight all of the explosive action from the 2007 season. “The decision has been made to expand the Pro Pulling League’s TV coverage because of the strong TV viewership ratings from last year and the initial ratings so far this year echo that success,” stated Lucas Oil Products Executive Vice President, Bob Patison, “the level of competition has continued to be ‘At the Top of the Field’ in tractor pulling, and as such, is more than deserving of the 5 additional hours of expanded TV coverage on VERSUS.”
ESPN2’s coverage includes 12 half hour shows that will air at 11:00am Sunday mornings (www.ESPN.com). Available to approximately 88 million house-holds nationwide; ESPN2 is part of the largest dedicated sports network in the world. ESPN2 can be found on DISH Network (Channel 144); DirecTV (Channel 209), Cable subscribers please check your local listings as stations will vary.
In addition to ESPN2’s schedule, there will be 5 one-hour shows airing on VERSUS, which begin airing on February 16th @ 7:30 pm (www.VERSUS.com). VERSUS coverage will kick off with the events from Hillsboro, WI and will include events from Owensboro, KY and Terre Haute, IN. The VERSUS network is among the fastest growing networks in the country, currently available in over 73 million house-holds. To check out the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League on VERSUS, go to DISH Network (Channel 151); DirecTV (Channel 608), and once again Cable subscribers please check your local listings as stations will vary.
New for 2008, MAV TV (www.MavTV.com) is joining the party and will offer up 2 hours per week of Lucas Oil Motorsports coverage. In addition to the 2 hours of “Lucas Oil Presents” Prime Time TV coverage, MAV TV is also launching a series of new media ventures such as MavTV.com Broadband. It will boast the capabilities for anyone with a broadband internet connection to watch streaming “Lucas Oil Presents” motorsports action from anywhere in the world. Also, from MAV TV, a new program scheduled to launch by the end of the year, JOOST promises to be the premiere Peer-to-Peer (P2P) video delivery service, which MavTV will have dedicated “Lucas Oil Presents” program content available to view.
The Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League is owned by Lucas Oil Products and supported by several corporate business partners: Dixie Chopper, R&L Carriers, Torco Fuels, General Tire, Summit Racing, K&N Filters, KC Hilites, Super Chips, Jim Beam, Fatheadz Eyewear, and Super Clean. In 2007 the series will receive over 60 hours of prime television coverage on cable sports giants ESPN2 and VERSUS. For more information log onto www.propulling.com or call 812-216-4024.
Monday, November 12, 2007
After countless attacks of a certain group of posters, trying to really pi** him off, he has now closed his very popular Pull Off message board.
I for one hope, Jake can find the will to continue, as the Pull Off Forum was daily lecture for me.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
All the tractors have there hood open so you can see the Diesel tuning technique they use for their tractor.
Many of the owners will show broken components and sell components that they don't use anymore.
There are also stalls which sell turbo's, fuelpumps, airfilters, tyres, fire resistent clothing, aluminium rims and many more items relating to tractor pulling.
Look for pictures 2006 on the next web-sites:
The Diesel Power Fair is open from 13.30 - 21.00 at December 9th.
Admission price for children (6-12) is € 2,- for 12 years and older the price is € 5.-
You can read the latest news about this fair at www.tractorpulling.nl
Thursday, November 08, 2007
The Aussies are showing us what can be done!
We all know the Rover Meteor engine and how poorly it performs at times. Now the Riverina Screamer team has not only fitted an EFI on it, but also put 2 camshafts in each head!
Check the pictures on http://www.jobbo.com.au/
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Charles from KMB has just told me, they have added some more product pictures to their gallery. KMB is a modern CNC company with 3 and 5 axis machines, that has already built a lot of parts for Pullers in Europe and also supports the sport. If you find anything interesting, don't hesitate to contact Charles. They are happy to help you with your needs! To KMB website
As just stated, the two dutch associations NTTO and ITTC will merge into one association.
After almost 25 years of running their competitions against each other in the southern part of the Netherlands they have finally agreed on building a new competition series together.
In fact that means the current "B-Division" will undergo some changes: Having been a combined championship of dutch and belgian teams and events in the past, it will now only be a dutch series, with the dutch B Division and ITTC competitors combined.
This will add quite some spice to the B Division in Pro Stock and light Modified competition.
Added to this competition series will be the Semis, which are currently growing strong in the Netherlands and have so far pulled some with the S-Division.
For the future the NTTO is planning on introducing another top series on top of the A-Division, which will then result in a dutch competition in an A, B and C "league" for the major classes.
The current S-Division (Hot Farm) will remain untouched.