Friday, February 17, 2017

This Week !

Q & A with Ivar Lycke

Ivar Lycke, from Kirkeby in Denmark. Ivar was many years the ETPC flagman on the European Championships and Euro Cup rounds. He retired as ETPC flagman in May 2015. What are you doing in your normal life?
Ivar Lycke: I started a new job recently, and am now back to where I started my farming career in 1975.  I’m herding pigs, not out in the field, but in stables. I work for a company called Breeders of Denmark, who is selling breeding pigs worldwide.  There will also be some trucking to do later, when I get the education to transport animals! I have a bus driver’s license, and can transport people, but have to make a special course to be allowed to transport pigs!! (O; What do you like to do in your free time, except Tractor Pulling?
Ivar Lycke: I like doing nothing in my free time, relaxing and being with the Family. That is also what I’m doing, but there are always things to do when you have a house and garden! What do you like on Tractor Pulling?
Ivar Lycke: I like the noise, the smell, and the people around Tractor Pulling. Well a beer or two is also not a bad deal! What was your first Tractor Pulling event?   
Ivar Lycke: My first event was at a fair in North Dakota USA in 1983. Not a very big show, but I was hooked. The first show I saw back in Denmark was at the local fairground, where the German Tractor Gold Digger and the German Sledge made a show. Wow, that was spectacular! Cant remember what year, but in the mid- late eighties. What is your favourite Event / Pulling track? 
Ivar Lycke: Uhh, difficult to say for sure, but I tend to say Made (NL). What an event, but also Füchtorf (D) and Putten (NL) are making good shows. Bernay (F) is my audience favorite! Always spectacular to be able to hear the audience cheer, through the roar of a bunch of V8 racing engines. All places have their own specialty, and atmosphere! When and where do you have driven a Pulling Tractor for the first time?
Ivar Lycke: I drove my/our own Tractor called ,,Green Hope´´ for the first time in Herning (DK), but did not have the best of luck. Two times I drove the Green Hope, and wrecked it both times! Not good, so I was fired as driver, and my partner Bjarne took over the steeringwheel, and is still going on, now as a Farmstock 3600kg. Can’t remember what year it was, that we came out the first time. The late 90s?? What was your biggest success?
Ivar Lycke: Ha ha, see the answer to question 6!! Which Pulling classes do you like too?
Ivar Lycke: I like Farm and Pro Stock for the smoke and smell, and the Light Modified’s for the many different engine types. What was your biggest disappointment? 
Ivar Lycke: I don’t really have any BIG disappointments, but breaking our tractor was no fun. )O: In my flagman career, it was always a disappointment when pullers started arguing about decisions made, or track or whatever! I hated that! Which things must be change in the future of the Tractor Pulling sport?
Ivar Lycke: Huh, that is a difficult question. Smile some more, and have fun! Not so many stupid comments on Facebook or other social medias!! What's your plans for the future in Tractor Pulling? 
Ivar Lycke: Enjoying being a spectator, and help my good friend Bjarne with Green Hope, whenever he needs me! What was for you the most important moment in the sport?  
Ivar Lycke: Lying on my back and watch Green Spirit IV and the Sledge pass me within a meter, and survive! In Bernay (F) I believe it was, and it was in the early start of my flagman periode, and I was walking/running backwards, and tripped over a chunck of dirt. Boom, there I was! Never walked backwards again! What was your favourite Pulling Tractor project in the workshop during a winter?   
Ivar Lycke: I don’t have any projects in the workshop during the winter, other than drinking a beer or two when visiting friends that are working. Important to be well trained till the outdoor season starts again. In the older days, the first startup of our Tractor was a BIG day! Something you want to say?
Ivar Lycke: Not really, other than good luck to all pullers and fans, and may our beloved sport stay strong and alive! Thank you for your time and good luck!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

NFMS Live Video

The NFMS will have a live video steam of the pulls this week!

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Pics and news of the new Le Coiffeur Stage 9

After the sell of his RR Griffon V12 powered Light Mod called ,,Le Coiffeur Stage 8´´, the Le Coiffeur Pulling Team around Frank Bartholome from Georgsmarienhütte in Germany are currently building a new 2.5t / 5500lbs. Light Modified Tractor. The new vehicle receives a new homemade Domex 700 wedge frame with a homemade Chrome-Moly Rollcage (ROP), a homemade hydraulic steering and a revised Rockwell rear axle housing. The rearaxle housing was machined by their sponsor Quander Metall- und Lasertechnik GmbH in Versmold,
Germany. The rear axle has a aluminium Humpco center section with a Rockwell ring and pinion gear, aluminium differential from the Green Monster Team and SQHD magnesium planetary carrier housing with CAT 966 planetaries. The machine also get new Audi RS4 brakes with Furka brake pads, a homemade drivetrain, a Humpco transmission, a 11´´ inch Molinari (MRP) centrifugal clutch with 4 discs and a Browell clutch bell housing. The drivers position on the new one is more forward and the center of gravety is lower, than on his old single Griffon Tractor. The Team hopes to get a better balance with those changes. The new carbon fiber fenders of the new Tractor was made by the Rocket Science Pulling Team from Weert in the Netherlands. The new ride also gets a set of used Midwest aluminium rims with Firestone Puller 2000 HP tyres. The rims and tyres come from the old Red Painter Light Mod.
The new Le Coiffeur Stage 9 will have 2 KB Hemi (one Stage 6 and Stage 10) engines on methanol. The 2 engines ran on the Red Painter last year. Both engines have a KB cast aluminium block with Veney cylinder heads, ARP aluminium rods and Sassy Racing pistons, Dan Olson Racing Products exhaust headers, a SSI 14-71 blower with a Veney injector scoop, a Sassy Racing methanol fuel system, a new homemade stainless steel fuel tank and a MSD Pro Mag 44 ignition.
The Le Coiffeur Pulling Team will compete in the German Championship this year.
The maiden run of the new Le Coiffeur Stage 9 is planned for 30th of April 2016 at the German Championship opener in Füchtorf.

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New look for Fully Loaded

The John Deere Unlimited Super Stock Tractor called ,,Fully Loaded´´ of the Hothem Family from Dellroy, Ohio in the USA got a new look and a new main sponsor during the winter. The Team has with the company called ,,B'laster" from Valley View, Ohio a new main sponsor on Tractor for this season now. They signed with the company a sponsor contract for 3 years.
Because of the new sponsor contract, the Fully Loaded Tractor would now become known as the ,,B'laster/Napa Auto Parts Fully Loaded" Tractor.
The new design for 2017 on the Super Stock was made by B'laster Products Advertising agency and the vinyl wrap was produced and placed by Pro-Art Signs LLC in Canton, Ohio.
The current Unlimited Super Stock Champion of the Pro Pulling League also will compete in the Lucas Pro Pulling League this year to defend his title.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

The new Thunder Pulling 12 is out !

The latest part is available. Thunder Pulling 12 is one of the best in this series, as it reports about the biggest tractor pulling event in history of pulling:

The 50iest Anniversary Pull in Bowling Green, Ohio. By far the most exciting and spectacular Pull.

Tractor Pulling was grown in Bowling Green 50 years ago, and today „PullTownUSA“ is the Mekka of Tractor Pulling, and the place you have to be.

-    5 days of pulling competition from Thursday to Sunday. 2 Power-Tracks with side by side pulling action.
-    All the NTPA classes were running two sessions. Pulling on daylight and in the evening under the lights.
-    For the 50iest event, all the american teams were there and pulled for the high price-money and the famous Bowling Green ring.
-    Also the Netherlands „BobCat“ team arround Berry and Bertus Boer toured the USA and were very succesful in PullTownUSA.
-    The Finals on Super Sunday, where the top 5 Tractors of each class competed again.
-    „The Legends“: Famous Pulling Tractors from the 70`s and 80`s were also pulling on the track on Sunday.

Ofcourse we filmed all the action right on the track from different camera positions, also with onboard cams, in High Definition quality and full sound….

You get on 180 minutes (3 hours) playtime all the great Pulling Action from the USA and Europe, with a very interessting, historical flashback of Tractor Pulling and a lot of„New things“ from the world of tractor pulling, interviews and teamreports:

Jeff Demers and his wonderful and unique „Smokin Hot Deere“
Jody Ross and the unbeatable McCormick „Triple Bypass“
A lot of new Super Stocks like the Bone Twister, Stray Horse, The Legacy ……
Spectacular engine explosion of „Young Blood“ Allis Chalmers ……..with close up film oft he destroyed engine…..

Brian Conner is back:
The famous creator of the legendary „Bad Medicine“ White SS
debutes his new John Deere „The Gambler“. Driver Brian Diekman takes a wild ride on this new machine.
Gary Karlens new AC-Agco „Bad Blood“
Jason Hootmans Ford „Commander“

Jordan Lustiks Agco Silver Bullet and Deutz Silver Bullet reloaded.
Mike Chizeks and Terry Blackbourns hot running CaseIH Armed & Dangerous and International Threat pulling against
the 2 Agco Super Stocks „GALOT“. Ending up with a huge engine explosion and fire, with interview of
driver Brent Payne………

Over 50 Tractors in this Diesel Class.
Engine explosion of Carlton Copes MF-V8 „Warpath“
Interviews of Ryan Walters new „Chasin Tail“ MF and
John Deere „Bootlegger“………

Newcomer Austin Boyer and his 2 machines
„Lawless“ and „The Untouchable“
Engine explosion of Tina Gains new and wonderful looking Truck „Madd Maxx“
See all the T-Buckets, Funny Cars, PickUps, Fords, Chevys and Dodges
Pulling against each other on wheelstanding action………..

Matt Clemons and his „Alter Ego“
He explains the high-tech diesel engine and how he gets the power to  the ground
in this exciting new class………

High performance diesel power. Great looking trucks create about 5000 diesel horses and put on a great show.
Smoking tires, wheelstanding pulls.
The best looking Truck „Jacked Up“ splitted the engine block in full speed and throughed out the top half of the engine right infront of our camera.
This was the worst engine explosion we ever captured on film. After that accident Jack Kielmeiers  mechanic gave us an interview with close up footage of the terribly destroyed truck…..

For the 50st Anniversary event „The Legends“ Pulling Tractors from the 70`s and 80`s are brought back on the track and pulling again.
Their owners restored and rebuilt those legendary machines and hooked them again to the sled.
All those wonderful, historical Tractors are shown with closeup footage in the Pulling Museum and great interviews of their pilots and owners:
Beside that, the tractors were live pulling on the track with the old „Heartbracker“ sled…

Here are a few of them…..

The „City Slicker“:
The only chain-driven, sideways mounted,  turbo Allison powered tractor. A wonderful, exotic, one of a kind machine……

The „Bosse Tractor“:
Mike Ott restored the first 4 engine powered modified, using a crossbox to bring the power to the rear axle…….

The „Purple Monster“:
The first tractor powered by a radial aircraft engine, built in 1969. Shown also with original footage from `69….

The „Super Banana“:
Larry McVey`s turbocharged and supercharged, hemi-powered modified was famous for his unique look….

The „Sassy Massey“:
One of the first turbine powered Mod.

„Deere Power I“ and „Rough & Ragged“ IH:
Super Stocks from the 70`s running a two-staged turbo setup and intercooler.

After „The Legends“ pulling, the top 5 of each division were competing again and go for winning the „Bowling Green Ring“.
Exciting how Berry Boer and „BobCat Jr“ finished the class.

Back to Europe.
Part 2 of „Thunder Pulling 12“ reports about the european Pulling Scene.

Starting up with the season opener in
Füchtorf Germany: All the big names of Euro-Pulling were there.
The new built „Green Monster Stage V“ was the first time hooked to the sled. It is the only tractor in the Light Mod. Divison, powered by 2 Allisons V-12.
We show you this exciting machine with close up footage adn interviews of teamleader Tobias Hoerstkamp and mechanic Dirk Wessel.
A lot of action and wild rides happend in the Fuechtorf-arena, like
„Simply Irresistible`s“ rollover and huge engine fire. It happened directly in front of the camera.
This was one of the most horrific and fireing crashes on european tracks.
Beside great pulling action from Füchtorf we also report about the following events:

KRUMBACH Germany, KNUTWIL Switzerland with Nightpulling, KLOPEINERSEE and RAPPOLZ Austria.
At all those events a lot of top tractors from Italy up to Holland were invited and pulling.
With interviews like from the following teams:

„ROWDY“ all new Diesel SS, 
„THOR“ Mini Unlimited,
„BAD BOYS TOY“ Pro Stock MF V8,
„HOT ART“ Continental V12 Light Modified,
„HURRICANE“ europes strongest Fendt SS……..

THUNDER PULLING 12 shows a lot of new, spectacular and exciting things from the wonderful world of Tractor Pulling.
Don`t miss this one of a kind documentary, filmed in professional quality. Also available in High Definition.

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Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Q & A with Marcus Kaiser

Marcus Kaiser, 32 years old from Gussenstadt in Germany. Marcus is the son of Thomas Kaiser and Magret Kaiser (previous drivers of the Pulling Tractors) and the older brother of the 2016 German Super Stock Champion Christoph Kaiser (driver of Best Solution). He's also develop and building Pulling parts (Kaiser Performance) for other Teams in Europe. What are you doing in your normal life?
Marcus Kaiser: I´m working as mechanical engineer in the area of process development and CAD/CAM support in a company for CNC machines. What do you like to do in your free time, except Tractor Pulling?
Marcus Kaiser: If there is free time beside Tractor Pulling and Kaiser Performance, I spent it with my wife, friends and family. What do you like on Tractor Pulling?
Marcus Kaiser: The possibility to create something to your own mind and ideas and find out if this will work - work better than others. I like the horsepower and technology behind every single motor and tractor setup. Tractor Pulling is kind of big family all over the world. Having one topic together with people doesn´t matter where they come from, is one of the things I like the most. The sound!! What was your first Tractor Pulling event? 
Marcus Kaiser: I don´t really remember. Must be Krumbach or Seifertshofen sometime in 1993. What is your favourite Event / Pulling track? 
Marcus Kaiser: I really like Bernay (F). The atmosphere and the crowd is amazing – one big party the whole night.  For German competition I like Haßmoor and Edewecht for usually having food power-tracks. When and where do you have driven a Pulling Tractor for the first time?
Marcus Kaiser: This must be at Füchtorf (D) in 1998. It was a Super Stock Garden Puller with a VW-Golf diesel pump, a smart turbo and water injection. 1999 I stepped over to GP-Modified and 2001 started with one of our Super Stock´s at the age of 16. What was your biggest success?
Marcus Kaiser: I don´t give that much on countable successes. We won several German titel´s as a Team and we also had good years in Euro Cup to be proud of. But for me the biggest success is to be still here in game and compete with all the others on a high level of Tractor Pulling with the possibilities we have as team and family. For example: We had a bad season in 2015 when we stepped back on the track after a four  year absence, caused by a lot of work aside Pulling. We had to struggle with a lot of technical problems, and needed to learn a lot about what pulling changed in only four years (competition, technic, driving dutys,…). We needed to redefine our team intern procedures to find good performance. In 2016 we captured the title after a very tough season with a lot of work on the tractor to keep it up 100%. Well, we profited of unreliableness by other competitors, but we made top performance on 6 of 7 events. So that's one kind of big success for me… Which Pulling classes do you like too?  
Marcus Kaiser: I like them all. But most I like the ones with a “hood”. I really enjoy good Pro Stock classes and also Farm Pulling preferably Sport and Super Sport events. What was your biggest disappointment?
Marcus Kaiser: Second Chance crash at Füchtorf (D) in 2011! Which things must be change in the future of the Tractor Pulling sport?
Marcus Kaiser: I think, we have a good trend of Pulling in Germany. Events increased from 4 in 2015 over 7 last year, to 10 in 2017 season (10 national events is enough). Farm Pulling is importand and people there make very nice work  - Tractor Pulling and Farm Pulling needs each other!
To name things that needs to be changed is not that easy (for me). I would like to see pulling on a more professional level but doubt that most of us can bring up the budget  or/and the time for maintenance to keep up top performance on 100% over  ten and more events. It is hard to get sponsors that support your pulling business in a way you can stay competitive. I think this is also owed to less media presence in the past. At the moment we have a good media support of TP due to the DMAX documentation “FULL PULL” and I hope this will continue in 2017 (dosn´t matter what teams take part in it – main thing: it continues to promote the sport). But to answer your question: more media presence of TP, uniform tracks to be able to rely on your setup, more events on Saturday instead of Sunday. What's your plans for the future in Tractor Pulling?
Marcus Kaiser: Too much to mention. Some of them:

- We want to extend Kaiser Perfomance to cover a wider range of parts and services to keep our customers on top performance.

- We start to build up the Second Chance as a Component in early 2017 to get back on the track as soon as possible (2018!!??)

- Ride a good 2017 season with Best Solution on good level to keep up good performance over ten events. What was for you the most important moment in the sport?  
Marcus Kaiser: To realize, that pulling is not only about “who´s first, second, third,…” Pulling is a way of life and only a big, competitive hell of a show ! What was your favourite Pulling Tractor project in the workshop during a winter?  
Marcus Kaiser: I don't really have favourites. They are all special to me. But the best we ever built is the current version of Best Solution. We stay very competitive with that small block Johny as a original Super Stock. We know about it´s limits in power an balance, but its always a pleasure to see it “nose up” running down the track. Something you want to say? 
Marcus Kaiser: I want to thank everyone that spents days and nights in the shop for being able to roll on the track  again someday. We are all crazy and we know about it – yes, we really like it! Keep up the good work where ever you guys are.
I want to thank God and my family for being home, team and friend during tough seasons. Thank my wife Jenny for choosing a “mad pulling man” and all the concessions in time she made in a tough 2016 –Thank you!
May god will bless us all in 2017season. Stay tuned!!! Thank you for your time and good luck!  

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