Saturday, January 20, 2018

Red Devil - First runs in Australia

Today was the big day!

First time on the track for the little Red Devil in Australia after it was imported from Germany.

Job well done by the team!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Q & A with Stefan Schwarz

Stefan Schwarz, 29 years old from Oberharmersbach, in Germany. Stefan is the driver of the Mini Mod Tractor called ,"Ghost Buster 5". He is the son of the former Mini Mod driver Eugen Schwarz and the nephew of Helmut Schwarz (former driver of Ghost Buster 1, 2 and 3). Stefan is also building Pulling parts for other Teams in Europe. His brother Matthias and his sister Katrin are also drivers of the Ghost Buster Mini Mod Tractors. What are you doing in your normal life?
Stefan Schwarz: Industrial mechanic at an automotive supplier (maintenance of presses, coating equipment, hardness and annealing furnaces) What do you like to do in your free time, except Tractor Pulling?
Stefan Schwarz: There is not much free time, otherwise I work in my small company (producing lathed- and milled parts), of course meeting friends and when it's Sunday time I also like to go watch Kart Racing. What do you like about Tractor Pulling?
Stefan Schwarz: The huge variety of different drive systems, which makes every Tractor something special. What was your first Tractor Pulling event?
Stefan Schwarz: I'm not sure (it's been so long ago :-D), but it must have been Eschach-Seifertshofen (D) in 1992. What is your favourite Event / Pulling track?
Stefan Schwarz: In Germany, Füchtorf belongs to the most popular event, international of course Made (NL) and I would like to go to Bowling Green (USA) once. When and where have you driven a Pulling Tractor for the first time?
Stefan Schwarz: My first event which I drove was in Schmachtenhagen (D) in 2004, but sadly I left the track just before the Full Pull. What was your biggest success?
Stefan Schwarz: My greatest success was the German Championship title 2009. Which Pulling classes do you like too?
Stefan Schwarz: I like to watch all classes, with my enthusiasm of the 2,5t Light Modified being the highest. What was your biggest disappointment?
Stefan Schwarz: The big engine failure at Ghost Buster 4 in Anholt (D) 2017. Which things must be changed in the future of the Tractor Pulling sport?
Stefan Schwarz: I hope the National Federations find a solution to the weight limits of the Heavy Modified, because unless a long-term solution is found soon, I see the class dying out, which would be a pity for the "premier class". What are your plans for the future in Tractor Pulling?
Stefan Schwarz: To help teams with the production of parts that do not have the necessary resources for the realization of their project and of course to develop our tractors in the best possible way What was for you the most important moment in the sport?
Stefan Schwarz: There were many important moments, because every victory or title was a special moment, but the most exciting was of course the first engine start of the new Ghost Buster 5. What was your favourite Pulling Tractor project in the workshop during a winter?
Stefan Schwarz: The most important / most special project was certainly the construction of the Ghost Buster 5, but that was 2 winters and 2 summers ;-). Through all the work we had this time, starting from the CAD design of the whole parts to the parts programming (CAD / CAM) to the production of the parts, you have learned things that you can finally be a bit proud of because you can say: We have done everything ourselves from A-Z. Something you want to say?
Stefan Schwarz: I find it admirable to see how teams help each other, whether through project design advice, borrowing parts and tools or by active support in case of problems, when it is burning there is always someone there who helps. Without this community of teams, the sport would certainly not be what it is today, and Tractor Pulling Sport is also admired by other sports. Thank you for your time and good luck this year ! 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

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First pics and news of the new Loaded Deere from Norway

The Loaded Deere Pulling Team around Soren Naerland from Bryne, in Norway are currently building a new John Deere Component Diesel Super Stock.
After lots of problems with the old John Deere 4440 Diesel Super Stock tractor, especially with the durability of the original John Deere rear end, Soren and his team decided to build a new Component Super Stock tractor.
The new JD gets a Karlen Motorsports chassis with a Karlen Motorsports Rollcage, a hydraulic steering, an original 8530 John Deere sheet metal hood and a Rockwell rear end with Humpco parts.
The 8530 hood comes from the USA and the new rear glass fibre fenders were built by the John Deere Pulling Team from Hurup, in Denmark. The Karlen Motorsports chassis was the old chassis of the JD Component alcohol Super Stock Tractor called ,,Fully Loaded´´ of Jeff Hothem from Dellroy, Ohio in the USA. The Norwegian Team purchased the wedge chassis in the spring of 2017 from Jeff Hothem. In the package were also included the complete Rockwell rear end with the Humpco parts, the transmission and the JD 8530 hood. The new Super Stock also gets a set of used Midwest aluminium rims with cut Firestone Puller 2000 HP tires. The tires are 2 years old and were cut by Steen Dam in Denmark. The rear wheels come from the old 4440 Loaded Deere.
The Rockwell rear end has a billet Humpco aluminium center section with a Humpco billet aluminium diff, a Rockwell ring and pinion gear and Franklin magnesium planetaries carrier housing with Franklin planetaries. The new ride also will have a Profab 4 Speed HD transmission with a homemade driveline, a B&B 11 inch centrifugal clutch with 5 disks and a Browell clutch bell housing.
The new Loaded Deere has a 6 cylinder John Deere 6466 engine with 586cui. / 9.6l capacity. The engine will be running on Diesel fuel with a 4 charger setup in 2 stages. The power plant has a 6466 JD block with 124mm bore and Darton sleeves, a billet crankshaft, billet rods by Riverside and GMS (Gene's Machine Shop) billet pistons, a homemade intake and exhaust manifold, 4 Holset turbo chargers, a homemade intercooler, a billet Riverside steel cylinder head with 2.5´´ inch titanium intake and 2.05´´ inch Inconel exhaust valves, a Riverside billet steel camshaft, a Aviaid oil pump, a 17mm billet Columbus Diesel fuel pump and a Racepak data logger.
The Norwegian team will compete in the Norwegian Championship this season. The maiden run of the Component Diesel Super Stock Tractor is planned for the first National Championship round in the end of May 2018 in Bryne, Norway.

The old Loaded Deere in Brande (DK) 2015

11000 HOT FARM TRACTORS pulling at Rockville Virginia September 2017

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Tough weekend for both European Pro Stocks in Gordyville

A tough weekend with a lots of damages and bad luck our 2 European Pro Stock Tractors called "Rocky" and "Extreme Temptation" had in Gifford, Illinois in the USA. The two Dutch teams went with high expectations to the Indoor Pull in Gordyville, but the first outing on US ground ended in a big disappointment. On wednesday, a day before the event started, both crews made a test pass in the Gordyville hall, but it wasn't a problem free day. First Extreme Temptation blew up its turbo after a few feet and Rocky  after his nice test pass had a damage at a pipe on the intercooler. The Extreme Temptation Pulling Team drove back to the workshop of the Gallitz Pulling Team and repaired the damaged turbocharger. Also the Rocky Team could fix the problem on the pipe of the intercooler after a few hours of work. On friday, William de Vos got another chance to make a test run during the event. This time, the test pass was trouble free and without any damage. The saturday for both Dutch teams things went from bad to worse. First in front of the sledge, was the European Champion Extreme Temptation with William de Vos in the hot seat. But, he didn't really get away from the start and the IH engine shut off. Back in the pits they found some broken timing gears on the engine. That's why the engine all of a sudden shut off. Another start wasn't possible. 
The last hope of the European fans were the Rocky Team. Driver Barend Huijbregts made a good start, but after 30-40 feet, the power of the engine went down also and the engine sounded like something wasn't 100% correct anymore. Only 73.440 feet for the reigning Dutch Champion of 2017. Back in the pits, they surprisingly found the same damage under hood as before on the Extreme Temptation: Some broken timing gears. Both crews couldn't believe that, they never had those problems before in Europe. A few days later in the Gallitz workshop in Jefferson, Wisconsin, both engines were dismantle and checked. They also found some bent valves in the heads and some other small damages on the power plants. A lots of work before the next Indoor Pull in Louisville, Kentucky. Hopefully the Extreme Temptation and the Rocky guys have more luck at the NFMS Pull next month.

Friday, January 12, 2018

MODIFIED TRACTORS pulling at Libertytown April 23 2017

Q & A with Erik van Oosterhout

Erik van Oosterhout, 48 years old from Made, in the Netherlands. Erik is one of the most known Tractor Pulling announcers in the Netherlands. He's announcing almost all Dutch Grand National Championship rounds in the Netherlands. Erik also is one of the organizers of the biggest Tractor Pulling events in Europe, his home pull in Made. What are you doing in your normal life?
Erik van Oosterhout: I’m a dairy farmer. My wife Lisette and I are milking for about 95 cows together with our sons Nick (12) and Ron (10) and with the help of Family and some employees. The Farm is called ‘Kaasboerderij ‘t Bosch’ with means in English we’re a cheesefarm. A small amount of the milk is processed on the Farm to Farmhouse cheese and we sell it to customers in the Farmshop. For tourists we can do tours on the Farm and we’re specialized in Christmas gifts, all related to cheese and farm produced stuff. What do you like to do in your free time, except Tractor Pulling?
Erik van Oosterhout: Not too much, farming gives us more than a week work and Tractor Pulling comes on top of that. Made's Powerweekend is held on our own property, so it takes some weeks around the event and to plan the work and Farm around it. What do you like about Tractor Pulling?
Erik van Oosterhout: Well… everything, mostly the crowd, the people. But the teams , different events, different opinions, I like it all. Being an announcer is a marvelous job, but promote an event like Made with the rest of the Powerweekend Group is just great. What was your first Tractor Pulling event?
Erik van Oosterhout: Flevohof (NL) 1978. What is your favourite event / pulling track?
Erik van Oosterhout: Bettborn (LUX). But we try to learn from all other events. Of course I really enjoy our own event. When and where do you have driven a pulling tractor for the first time?
Erik van Oosterhout: I pulled once or twice in farm stock with farm tractors, and once I pulled a Pro Stock, great feeling. What was your biggest success?
Erik van Oosterhout: A few titles as a Pomotor of Made, of course with the whole group. And we got a place in the "Hall of Fame" of the NTTO last year. Great honor. Which pulling classes do you like too?
Erik van Oosterhout: As a Farmer I really like the hood classes, it gives you the most powerful feeling you can imagine as a tractor driver yourself. For the sport I like the Modified classes, especially the Light Mods with lots of various engine types. On the other hand I like to drive my Pick Up Truck, so I have something with TWD too. What was your biggest disappointment?
Erik van Oosterhout: We had to cancel big parts of our weekend once due to very bad weather, very difficult to recover from a disaster as a promoter. Which things must be change in the future of the Tractor Pulling sport?
Erik van Oosterhout: Most important thing is that the crowd comes and leaves the event with a very happy feeling, that gives us legislation to promote a new one. Further on it’s always good to have classes where new teams can start their career with a smaller wallet and lots of fun. What are your plans for the future in Tractor Pulling?
Erik van Oosterhout: Just keep up the work with announcing and promoting, great things in my life. What was for you the most important moment in the sport?
Erik van Oosterhout: Some special runs kept in my memory as well as some special people that came in my life because of the sport. What was your favourite Pulling Tractor project in the workshop during a winter?  
Erik van Oosterhout: About every winter I work on one of my own Deutz farm tractors here in the shed. But as an announcer, I like to drop in the workshop at several teams to see and hear what they are doing and improving. Something you want to say?
Erik van Oosterhout: Please keep the sport as an hobby for all of us. Of course show it professional but do know that almost nobody can live from it. Just see it as a party when we’re all together at a Pull. Play hard- party hard.
And, when I say something on the microphone you probably know better, please tell me and we tell the crowd so the good information is shown.
It’s just great to have so much friends in Pulling and feeling at home at almost every track over Europe. Special thanks to my colleagues and not to forget the PA people for the best support. Thank you for your time and good luck for the future! 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

LIGHT LIMITED TURBO TRACTORS pulling at Libertytown April 23 2017

First pics and news of the new Black Blood

The Oil Addict Pulling Team from Vidbaek, in Denmark are currently building on a new Radial powered 950kg / 2095lbs. Mini Modified Tractor. After a season with the old reactivated Alvis powered Star Wars Tractor, the Danish Team around Preben, Dennis and Sigurd Juhl decided to built a completely new Mini Modified Tractor with a new bigger Radial engine for the 2018 season. But, why they are building a new Mini Mod? Simply, the old rear axle in the Tractor wasn´t strong enough and the supercharger of the Alvis power plant also wasn´t built for Tractor Pulling. Another problem were the spare parts. The spare parts for the Alvis engine are hard to get.
The new Mini gets a new homemade Docol R8 tube frame with a homemade chrome-moly Rollcage, homemade aluminium fenders, a self constructed steering and a new lighter rearend.
The Rollcage and the fenders were took over of the old Black Blood Tractor. Also, the set of cut Cepek Giant Puller tyres on the polished aluminium rims come from the old one. The drivers position on the newly built chassis is more forward and the center of gravety is lower than on the old Tractor. Also the position of the radial engine is more forward. The Team hopes to get a better balance with those changes for the future. The new lighter rearend is a special built sheet metal rear axle housing with a billet aluminium center section, a aluminium diff with special made gears and a special made ring and pinion gear. The Oil Addict Team purchased the complete rear axle by the Pulling Team called ,,The Challenger´´ from the Netherlands last year.
Because of the weight, the Tractor will have no transmission, only a new homemade driveline from the clutch to the center section of the rear axle. The new Vehicle also receives a 3 disc Crower centrifugal clutch with a size of 11´´ inch and a special manufactured Browell aluminium bell housing.
The new Black Blood will have a Pratt & Whitney R-1830 Radial Aircraft engine with 14 cylinder and a capacity of 30l / 1830cui. on avgas. The engine ran usually in the Consolidated B-24 and in the Grumman F4F Wildcat Aircraft from the second world war. The 14 cylinder engine makes around 1200 HP. The power plant on the Mini Mod has a original supercharger, stock connection rods and pistons, original heads, homemade steel exhaust pipes, a original modified fuel system, the original ignition system and a self made fuel and oil tank.
The Oil Addict Pulling Team will compete with their new 950kg / 2095lbs. Mini Modified in the 2018 Danish Championship. The maiden voyage of the completely new built Black Blood is planned for the beginning of May 2018 at the Danish Championship opener in Brande.
The Danish Team also currently looking for Pratt & Whitney R-1830 spare parts or complete spare engines. If anybody knows something, then you can contact the Team by phone or email.
phone number: +4521329926

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

New 3.4t Farm Stock in the Netherlands

The Spetsnaz Pulling Team from Heesbeen, in the Netherlands are currently working on a new 3.4t / 7495lbs. Belarus Farm Stock Tractor. After the sell of their old Belarus Farm Stock Tractor to Germany last year, the Dutch Team around Marcel Buijs and William Pullens started with the building of the new Vehicle in the end of 2017.
The new Farm Stock receives a new homemade St52 wedge frame with a new homemade Rollcage, a self built front axle suspension with a homemade hydraulic power steering, homemade steel wheelie bars and a Belarus stock rearend with a lots of special built parts.
The new hood of the Tractor is a copy of a Belarus 940 hood and was manufactured from aluminium. Also the new fenders of the Vehicle were made from aluminium. The aluminium hood and fenders are homemade and lighter than the original Belarus sheet metal parts.
The new Spetznas will receive a set of new cut Michelin 650x65x38´´ tires on homemade steel rims.
The new tires will cut by Hans Heesakers in the Netherlands and will have a double cut profile.
The Belarus stock rearend gets a special made Toolox ring and pinion gear with a special built homemade diff, original halfshafts, special made Toolox planetaries and a homemade single wheel brake system with homemade brake discs. Also the original gearbox will adjusted and receives some stronger gears and shafts from Toolox. The gearbox has 3 forward gears and 1 reverse gear.
The clutch of the new Tractor will be a homemade 12´´ inch centrifugal clutch with 3 discs and the bellhousing comes from a Belarus 940.
The new Spetsnaz will have an turbocharged 5.5l / 335cui. Belarus power plant with 4 cylinder on diesel fuel.
The engine has a Belarus stock block with Darton sleeves, a original Belarus head with much bigger valves, a homemade camshaft, a modified Belarus crankshaft, new Belarus rods and homemade aluminium pistons, a self built aluminium intake manifold, a homemade aluminium intercooler, a Holset HX82 turbocharger, a homemade exhaust manifold, a Bosch P7000 diesel fuel pump with 16mm elements, a stainless steel fuel tank and a new datalogger by Ruud Visser Engineering from Holland. The new engine makes 2700rpm, that´s the rpm limit of the 3.4t / 7495lbs.Farm Stock division in the NTTO. The new Belarus rods in the Pulling power plant are running normally in the current 6 cylinder Belarus Standard Tractors. The Team think, they are the first Team in the world, who runs with a 5.5l 4 cylinder engine with a Holset HX82 turbo on it.
The Spetsnaz Pulling Team will compete in Dutch Championship this year. The maiden run of the new Belarus Farm Stock Tractor is planned for 2018.

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The old Spetsnaz in Hoogblokland (NL) 2017

Friday, January 05, 2018

Q & A with Thomas Mathmann

Thomas Mathmann, 33 years old from Everswinkel in Germany. Thomas is the driver and owner of the Deutz-Allis Component Super Stock called ,,Dschinni Evolution´´. He also won the German Championship title in the Super Stock division from 2011-2015. What are you doing in your normal life?
Thomas Mathmann: I am working on a lathe and a milling machine in a machine shop for separating machines. What do you like to do in your free time, except Tractor Pulling?
Thomas Mathmann: When there is free time near the Tractor, i try to meet friends, try to take time for my girlfriend and hopefully one day i find time to finish my Oldtimer Car.....😍
But during Pulling season mostly the Deutz destroys my plans... What do you like about Tractor Pulling?
Thomas Mathmann: At first the technical things, to find a solution to produce difficult parts mostly on non CNC lathe or mills, to build my or our ideas near the cookie cutter parts most other Teams buy or use...
And for sure the friendship in the sport between many teems over Europe.... What was your first Tractor Pulling event?
Thomas Mathmann: Ohh i am not sure, but i think Füchtorf (D) in the late 80's, or very early 90's. What is your favourite Event / Pulling track?
Thomas Mathmann: For sure Füchtorf (D) !
Great event and my home pull !! When and where do you have driven a Pulling Tractor for the first time?
Thomas Mathmann: I started with Garden Pulling on the first Garden Pulling event 1998 in Füchtorf (D).
My first start with our old Dschinni was 2001 in Weseke (D), when i was 16 years young. What was your biggest success?
Thomas Mathmann: For sure the "victory" in Hassmoor (D) 2015 😎
Never forget this event!! Which Pulling classes do you like too?
Thomas Mathmann: For sure Pro Stock and 2.5t Light Modified.
Or all Tractors where individualists are screwing and working! What was your biggest disappointment?  
Thomas Mathmann: Oh there is not only one.....
Maybe EC in Brande (DK) 2015 was very bad in all points from our view and for sure Edewecht last year....worked hard the half season to get it running again.....Friday evening first noice Saturday evening last noice..... Which things must be changed in the future of the Tractor Pulling sport?
Thomas Mathmann: I think we must be find solutions to get the sport cheaper because when i look in Germany, Teams in Super Stock, Pro Stock and Modified were only a few, there have been much more in the its all too expensive....but people like me look to the top Teams and than....shit happens we try to catch them all the time, so I do it wrong by my self....🙈 What are your plans for the future in Tractor Pulling?
Thomas Mathmann: Bring the Deutz back on track in 2018 and hope to keep it in good condition for a complete season. And for sure to have a big success on European circuit one day! What was for you the most important moment in the sport?
Thomas Mathmann: After Füchtorf (D) this year!
Engine broken. And to see how many fans we have and going to help us to see "their Tractor" again! 👌 What was your favourite Pulling Tractor project in the workshop during a winter? 
Thomas Mathmann: To build the quattro turbo kit winter 16/17.
Had an idea in my head, and build it from exhaust system to complete modified chargers all by my self.
And than too see how amazing it works! 😎 Something you want to say?
Thomas Mathmann: I hope we all can make this great sport for a long time,
And have more individualists to come in the future, especially here in Germany to have more and better competition! Thank you for your time and good luck this year !