Friday, February 16, 2018

2018 NFMS Pull Results










check here: http://www.champpull.org/results.html

Q & A with Daniel Whittingham

Daniel Whittingham, 22 years old from Scorton, in Great Britain. Daniel is the driver of the 4 V8 Chevy engines powered Modified Tractor called ,,Aftermath´´. Daniel is the nephew of the Snoopy Pulling Team owner and Modified driver Kevan Whittingham and the cousin of Josh Whittingham, the driver of the V12 RR Griffon powered Mod called ,,Snoopy 3´´.


pullingworld.com: What are you doing in your normal life?
Daniel Whittingham: In my normal life me and my father Paul run a Agricultural contracting business.

pullingworld.com: What do you like to do in your free time, except Tractor Pulling?
Daniel Whittingham: In my free time I like to go game shooting and also spending time with friends.

pullingworld.com: What do you like about Tractor Pulling?
Daniel Whittingham: I like Tractor Pulling because of all the great people I get to meet.

pullingworld.com: What was your first Tractor Pulling event?
Daniel Whittingham: My first event .. wow I’m not sure been going to watch Tractor Pulling since I could walk.

pullingworld.com: What is your favourite Event / Pulling track?
Daniel Whittingham: My best track has to be home track Great Eccleston (GB).

pullingworld.com: When and where do you have driven a Pulling Tractor for the first time?
Daniel Whittingham: First time i drove a tractor was in Ahoy (NL) 2016.

pullingworld.com: What was your biggest success?
Daniel Whittingham: So far out biggest success is coming 2nd at ECs 2017.

pullingworld.com: Which Pulling classes do you like too?
Daniel Whittingham: I also love the Super Stock class as it is full of highly competitive Tractors.

pullingworld.com: What was your biggest disappointment?
Daniel Whittingham: Biggest disappointment so far ..... maybe breaking one engine on the start line at the ECs 2017 but at the same time cant complain with our 2nd place.

pullingworld.com: Which things must be changed in the future of the Tractor Pulling sport?
Daniel Whittingham: Things to change... I can’t think of any massive changes that should be made.

pullingworld.com: What are your plans for the future in Tractor Pulling?
Daniel Whittingham: Hopefully to become European Champion.

pullingworld.com: What was for you the most important moment in the sport?
Daniel Whittingham: Most important moment so far .. 2016 first year with Tractor and getting to stand on the podium in 3rd place at our home event in Great Eccleston (GB).

pullingworld.com: What was your favourite Pulling Tractor project in the workshop during a winter?
Daniel Whittingham: Best project has to be this winter going through the whole Tractor and refreshing the engines to hopefully make them all reliable.

pullingworld.com: Something you want to say?
Daniel Whittingham: Would like to say a massive thanks to all the the AFTERMATH Team for all the hard work that goes in to keeping a Modified Tractor on the track ..... see you all soon !

pullingworld.com: Thank you for your time and good luck for the future ! 

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

2018 European Superpull competitors are known !

check here: https://www.europeansuperpull.nl/en/programme/competitors

Red Alert for sale !

Red Alert Euro Cup Made (NL) 2017
The legendary Super Stock Tractor called ,,Red Alert´´ of the Clarke Pulling Team from Buckingham in Great Britain is being offered for sale. Shortly before the new year, the British Team announced to sell their Tractor, because they are focusing on new projects.
The Red Alert Tractor was built in 1996 and ran the first 2 years very competitive with a 4 charger setup on diesel fuel. They finished in runner up position in 1996 and on the 3rd place in 1997 in the Euro Cup. The European Championships in 1997 were also very successful for Peter Clarke and Geoff Ashcroft. Peter finished in 2nd place of the 3.5t / 7700lbs. class and Geoff won the European Championship title in the 4.5t / 9260lbs. Super Stock class. In 1998, they switched from diesel to alcohol fuel. The first season on alcohol wasn´t problem free but also successful. Another 3rd place finish in the Euro Cup point standings and a 2nd place in the 4.5t / 9260lbs. Super Stock class at the EC in Great Eccleston, Great Britain. But the most successful season of the Case IH Tractor was 1999. They are dominated the whole Euro Cup season, won all 6 Euro Cup rounds, the Euro Cup title and the European Championship title in Bouconville, France. Another successful season was 2002, who Geoff and Peter won another Euro Cup title. During rest of the years, where the Component Tractors came up, the old Tractor still drove competitive in the Super Stock class. From 2003 until 2014, Red Alert was still to find under the top 5 in the Euro Cup or on the European Championships.
 
further information, check here: http://www.clarkepullingteam.com/2011/CPT-English/Home.html

The successes of Red Alert from 1996 - 2017:

European Champion 3.5t / 7700lbs. Super Stock: 1999
European Championship runner up 3.5t / 7700lbs. Super Stock: 1997, 2002 
European Championship 3rd place 3.5t / 7700lbs. Super Stock: 2000, 2001
European Champion 4.5t / 9260lbs. Super Stock: 1997
European Championship runner up 4.5t / 9260lbs. Super Stock: 1998
Euro Cup Champion: 1999, 2002
Euro Cup runner up: 1996, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005
Euro Cup 3rd place: 1997, 1998, 2006, 2011, 2012
Red Alert EC 1997 Erkelenz-Holzweiler (D)
Red Alert Euro Cup Grimmen (D) 1999
Red Alert Euro Cup Bettborn (LUX) 2001
Red Alert Euro Cup Brande (DK) 2014

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The new Wind Up !

The Wind Up Pulling Team around the former pullingworld.com boss Sascha Mecking from Westerstede in Germany are building a new 3.5t / 7700lbs. Limited Mod at the moment. After many years as pullingworld.com boss, Green Monster Pulling Team crew member and DTTO Vice President, he decided to build, along with Thomas Tönies, Christoph Raker Kai Uwe Wegner and Johannes Roling, a low budget Modified Pulling Tractor for the newly formed Limited Mod class in Germany. In the spring of 2016, Sascha Mecking and his team started with the work and the parts sourcing for the new project. The team purchased the old Madame Light Mod chassis with the rearend and the rear wheels in Denmark, 2 used V8 Chevy engines in Canada and a lots of used Pulling parts from other Pulling Teams in Germany. Not much is left over of the old Madame chassis, only the complete rearend with the planetaries. The first thoughts were to use the old Chassis for the new project, but that was a letdown. The chassis wasn't wide enough for the V8 engine starters and the rollcage was too small for big people. 
So plan B, building a new chassis. The newly built homemade chassis is a Domex wedge frame with a homemade steel rollcage, the old Madame Scania / MAN rearend, a new hitch construction, a homemade steering and self built engine brackets.
One advantage is, the new chassis is lighter than the old Madame Light Mod chassis and it's easier to change the Domex frame rails at a damage. The Domex frame rails and the bent pipes for the rollcage were purchased at the Le Coiffeur Pulling Team from Georgsmarienhütte, in Germany. The fenders on the new ride are built from aluminium sheet metal. The rear end is a shorted Scania Truck rear axle. The rear axle has a Scania center section with a original differential, a stock ring and pinion gear and stock MAN planetaries carrier housing with original MAN planetaries. The Limited Mod will also have a 3 speed Kippley gearbox with a homemade drivetrain, a 11 inch centrifugal Eagle clutch with 4 disks and a old steel clutch bell housing. The Kippley gearbox was in the Madame Chassis package and the ratios changed with the support of the Green Monster Pulling Team from Germany.
Tires: Normaly they had planned to put the old Firestone 8 ply puller tires on the Tractor, but than they got the opportunity to test the first prototype generation of the new Alliance Rocket Puller tires on the tractor.
The new Rocket Pullers will be put on a set of newly built sheet metal steel wheels from Christian Keisers (Trecker Treck Team Sonsbeck).
The new Wind Up will have 2 single turbocharged LQ4 Chevy V8 engines on methanol with 6l displacement each. The engines were e.g. used in the Hummer H2 or in the Chevy Pick Up trucks and vans in the past and have never been used in Tractor Pulling in Europe before.
Each power plant will have a Chevy cast iron engine block with Chevy aluminium heads, new better head gaskets, LJMS turbo camshafts, better and stonger valve springs, better push rods, new high quality head studs, a original Chevy LQ4 crank with new Scat rods and stock pistons, new oil pumps original sleeves, the original intake manifold,  exhaust manifolds by Racing Innvation. Supply of air will be done by two Schwitzer S4T turbochargers with 80mm intake, Fuel and spark an AmpEFI system feed by a Hillborn -4 fuel pump. The stainless steel fuel tank in front of the chassis is off the old German triple Allison called ,,Green Fighter´´.
The Team are currently working hard on the Tractor to get everything ready for the 2018 season.
The maiden run of the Limited Mod is planned for summer 2018 in Germany.
Special thanks go the Otte and Sandberg families, Little Johns Motorsports as well as the Green Monster Team!

for further information, check here: https://windup-team.blogspot.de/

or, check here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/216518432022131/
 







Tuesday, February 13, 2018

2018 Euro Cup competitors are known !

The Euro Cup competitors for the 2018 season are known now. 58 competitors from 8 different country´s have registered for this years Euro Cup.
You can find all Euro Cup competitors at the website of the ETPC. check here: http://tractorpulling.com/

Mini Modified: 11 competitors 
Light Modified: 16 competitors
Heavy Modified: 6 competitors
Pro Stock: 11 competitors
Super Stock: 14 competitors










Workshop news Duke of Deere Pulling Team

From Westerwohld, in North Germany, the Duke of Deere Pulling Team around Janosch Scheuvens are currently building a new 3.6t / 7930lbs. Super Sport Tractor. After 5 years with the old chassis, the German Team decided to built a new lighter Tractor during the winter of 2017 / 2018.
The John Deere received a new homemade steel wedge frame with a new smaller homemade steel rollcage, a homemade hydraulic power steering, new constructed wheelie bars, a new hitch and a John Deere 4040S sheet metal hood. The original 4040S hood and the 4040S fenders come from the old Duke of Deere Tractor. Also the rearend, the gearbox and the clutch bell housing were took over of the old ride. The rearend comes from a JD 4040S and has original brakes and brake discs, a needle bearing differential and a original ring and pinion gear. The Duke of Deere Team will use on their new ride a set of cut Michelin XM 108 tires on steel rims.
The 3 speed gearbox for the John Deere is a original cast iron housing with special built gears and shafts by Ron Perry from the USA. The original bell housing was machined and a homemade steel liner was fitted into the housing. The guys can run without the shatter blankets around bell housing after those changes. The centrifugal clutch with a size of 11´´ inch and 4 discs was built by Freakshow Performance in Germany.
The new Duke of Deere will have an turbocharged 6 cylinder 4430 John Deere engine with 6.9l / 421cui. capacity on diesel fuel. The engine has a original JD block with original sleeves, a overworked stock JD head with original valves and valve springs, a grinded camshaft from Jan Burggraf (New Generation Pulling Team), a stock crankshaft with stock rods and homemade aluminium pistons, a homemade intake and exhaust manifold, a Holset HX 82 turbocharger, a Bosch P7200 diesel fuel injection pump and a homemade fuel tank. The John Deere cylinderhead was overworked by BFS airflow-research in Dronten, the Netherlands. The John Deere engine should make around 1000 HP with this setup. The engine also was taken over of the old Tractor.
Janosch and his Team will compete in the German Championship this year. The maiden voyage of the new Duke of Deere is planned for 28th of April 2018, at the German Championship opener in Füchtorf.

for further information, check here: https://www.facebook.com/Duke-of-Deere-568721929812300/





Saturday, February 10, 2018

Super Stock Tractors (Finals) at Murfreesboro, TN (2/3/18)

Light Limited Super Stock Tractors at Murfreesboro, TN (2/3/18)

Light Limited Super Stock Tractors at Murfreesboro, TN (2/3/18)

11,000 lb Hot Farm Tractors at Murfreesboro, TN (2/2/18)

Super Farm Tractors (Finals) at Murfreesboro, TN (2/3/18)

Pro Farm Tractors at Murfreesboro, TN (2/2/18)

Pro Stock Diesel Trucks (Finals) at Murfreesboro, TN (2/3/18)

Pro Stock Diesel Trucks (Finals) at Murfreesboro, TN (2/3/18)

11,000 lb Hot Farm Tractors (Finals) at Murfreesboro, TN (2/3/18)

Light Limited Super Stock Tractors (Finals) at Murfreesboro, TN (2/3/18)

Pro Stock Four Wheel Drive Trucks (Finals) at Murfreesboro, TN (2/3/18)

Light Hot Farm Tractors (Finals) at Murfreesboro, TN (2/3/18)

Light Hot Farm Tractors at Murfreesboro, TN (2/3/18)

Pro Stock Four Wheel Drive Trucks at Murfreesboro, TN 2 3 18

Pro Farm Tractors (Finals) at Murfreesboro, TN (2/3/18)

Friday, February 09, 2018

The next evolution of Terminator

Last year we have reported, that Rob van der Waal´s IH Super Stock Tractor called ,,Terminator´´ was sold to the Oomen Pulling Team from Sprundel, in the Netherlands. But, the Tractor received some big changes in the workshop of van der Waal Pulling Parts this winter. Rob and his Team rebuilt the Tractor into a Component Super Stock. The old heavy frame was replaced by a newly built homemade steel wedge frame with a homemade steel rollcage. The drivers postion on the new chassis is little bit more forward and the center gravity is lower, than on the old chassis. The engine position also is more forward in the new chassis. The Dutch Team hopes to get a better balance with all those changes in the future. Also, the stock components, like the IH rearend, the gearbox and the bell housing were replaced by new much lighter homemade parts. The new rearend has a self built steel housing with a billet center section, a homemade diff with a special made ring and pinion gear, homemade brake discs, self constructed brake capilers and CNC - milled planetaries carrier housing with custom made planetaries. The new rearend is the same as they use on their Case IH Component Super Stock Tractor called ,,Maximum Risk´´. The homemade IH 1066 hood and the homemade IH 1066 fenders were built completely new from aluminium. The IH 1066 also got a SCS reverser with a homemade driveline, a homemade 11´´ inch centrifugal clutch with 5 discs and a Browell clutch bellhousing. For the optimum grip the new ride received a set of new cut Firestone Puller 2000 HP tires on Midwest aluminium rims.
The new Terminator Component version is powered by a 6 cylinder IH DT 466 engine with 10l capacity on methanol fuel. The turbocharged power plant comes from the old Tractor and has got some little changes, improvements and a little bit more horses during the winter. The engine has DT 466 block with homemade sleeves, a billet aluminium cylinder head with billet cams, a billet crankshaft with billet aluminium rods and pistons, a homemade intake and exhaust manifold, 3 billet turbochargers, a homemade methanol fuel system with self built fuel pump, ahomemade fuel tank, a Aviaid oil pump, MSD Dual Coil ignition and a special built data logger.
All the billet, self built and homemade parts for the Tractor were built by van der Waal Pulling Parts (Rob van der Waal) in Hoeven, the Netherlands.
The first 2 hooks with the new Tractor in Zwolle this season wasn´t bad. The new driver Linda Oomen made a great job and she was very satisfied with the performance of the newly built Component Super Stock. The Oomen Pulling Team will compete with their new toy in the Dutch Grand National Championship this year.

for further information, check here: https://www.facebook.com/Oomen-Pullingteam-1951733821743189/

or, check here: https://www.facebook.com/vanderwaaltractorpulling/

Light Limited Super Stock Tractors at Murfreesboro, TN (2/2/18)

80s Tractor Pulling Video

Super Farm Tractors at Murfreesboro, TN (2/2/18)

Q & A with Jeff Hothem

Jeff Hothem from Dellroy, Ohio, in the USA. Jeff is the owner and driver of the John Deere Unlimited Super Stock Tractor called ,"Blaster / Napa Auto Parts Fully Loaded". He's also the current Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League Champion of the Unlimited Super Stock class of 2017.

pullingworld.com: What are you doing in your normal life?
Jeff Hothem: I work full time off the farm, and do my best to balance work, farming, tractor pulling and family time.

 pullingworld.com: What do you like to do in your free time, except Tractor Pulling? 
Jeff Hothem: As any puller knows, free time is not very plentiful, especially when trying to balance all events in life.  But, with that being said, spending time with friends and family, singing karaoke, and hanging out by a fire in the summer with a few beverages. The occasional get-a-way vacation is awesome too!

pullingworld.com: What do you like about Tractor Pulling?
Jeff Hothem: Tractor Pulling is a challenge! I like the competitiveness. I enjoy working on the Tractor and trying to make it perform at it best potential. I enjoy putting on a show for the fans especially the kids!  And I really enjoy the “2nd family” that the pullers themselves create. The relationships with them and the camaraderie that is built throughout the season both on and off the track, during the season and off, is second to none! Some of my best friends have been developed through this great sport!

pullingworld.com: What was your first Tractor Pulling event?
Jeff Hothem: My first ever tractor pulling event that I was a spectator at was probably either the Carroll or Stark County Fair (Ohio) with my Parents and Grandparents and probably before the age of 1!

pullingworld.com: What is your favourite Event / Pulling track?
Jeff Hothem: Boy, its tough to label just one favorite event. We pull primarily on the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Champions Tour.  With that being said, my most favorite event would have to be the Hillsboro Charity Pull, in Hillsboro Wisconsin. It is a superb two day event with 4 sessions of great Pulling action! The Slama family and friends do a tremendous job and grow every year, making each year a bigger success! My most favorite track would have to be Louisville KY, for the National Farm Machinery Show Championship Pull. At that track, you really can wind her up and let her eat!! 

pullingworld.com: When and where do you have driven a Pulling Tractor for the first time?
Jeff Hothem: My first Tractor Pulling event that I participated in was in Greenville, Ohio in September of 2001.  It was a local county fair Tractor Pull and my first time ever on a Pulling vehicle let alone a Diesel Super Stock which we later purchased and named it Loaded Gun.  

pullingworld.com: What was your biggest success?
Jeff Hothem: Our Team has been blessed with many successes throughout our Pulling career. In the beginning being named Super Stock Puller of the Year in ’03 and ’05 and the Points Champion in ’05 on the Ohio State Tractor Pullers State Circuit. Then on the National Level through the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League Champions Tour we were bestowed the honor of being named the Lucas Oil Puller of the Year in 2015. Then the following two years we were fortunate enough to obtain Back to Back National Points Championships in 2016 + 2017 in the Unlimited Super Stock Class.

pullingworld.com: Which Pulling classes do you like too?
Jeff Hothem: Besides, the obvious, the Unlimited Super Stock Class, I like to watch the Semi Truck Classes, the Mini Modified classes, and the Pro Stock Diesel Tractor Classes.

pullingworld.com: What was your biggest disappointment?
Jeff Hothem: I like to do my best to stay positive and not focus on disappointments.  However, and this may not be really a disappointment as much as a “had hoped for better”;  the sport of Truck and Tractor Pulling itself.  Our sport seems to be struggling to gain attention and notoriety in our sport in the world when compared to other motorsports. And it doesn’t make sense as to why. It’s a relatively inexpensive sport for the spectator to come and see especially in comparison to other motorsports. I believe we put on a great show with tons of variety. Most of the pit areas are open so the spectator can come and get up close to the Pulling vehicles, meet the crew members, and drivers and ask questions and purchase and/or receive free souvenirs.

pullingworld.com: Which things must be changed in the future of the Tractor Pulling sport?
Jeff Hothem: We, as pullers, need to strive to gain awareness of our sport. Whether it be through social media, web pages, actively seeking out sponsorships from local, national, or global companies. We need to make the Pulling event more interactive/fun for the spectators. If you think about it we are more “entertainers”. We are paid to put on a show. If the crowd isn’t “into it”, or have a memorable time at the event, they may not come back. They may not have to have had a bad experience, but if not a memorable experience, they may not remember about the event next time or may chose to do something else instead. I think we need to add music to the pulls (in the USA most pulls do not have this yet), maybe have some type of “entertainment” during the down time between pulls other than the announcer just talking. Take Professional Rodeo’s for example. During the downtime, they have some type of act that the rodeo clown is involved in. This might seem a little far fetched for us in Tractor Pulling, but it’s the idea I’m referring too. The rodeo clown reduces the amount of perceived down time between events for adults and children to enjoy as the next event (Pulling class) is being set up. This brings up another good point… the kids! If they have something that they enjoy and have a “memorable” experience (even if they aren’t fascinated by Pulling vehicles and Pulling in general) they will want to come back to see the “rodeo clown”. If the kids want to come, then too will the parents and vice versa.  

pullingworld.com: What are your plans for the future in Tractor Pulling?
Jeff Hothem: Our plans for the future of Tractor Pulling are this: To provide the fans with professional and quality entertainment in a competitive environment that will continue to propel the sport of Truck and Tractor Pulling while promoting our current and future sponsors and Team in an effort to gain National and Global recognition and awareness of this great sport!

pullingworld.com: What was for you the most important moment in the sport?
Jeff Hothem: There are several most important moments in the sport, but probably the most important moment was the times my Dad was willing and able to assist me in purchasing the first Diesel Tractor (Loaded Gun) and the help he and my Mom have provided to make the Team what is today. My Dad passed away in March of 2016 and is greatly missed.  

pullingworld.com: What was your favourite Pulling Tractor project in the workshop during a winter?
Jeff Hothem: Simple answer… IMPROVEMENTS!!!

pullingworld.com: Something you want to say? 
Jeff Hothem: I need to thank my crew, Mom, Austin Baker, and our team member Oliver (the family dog). They help me out so much that if it wasn’t for them I’m not sure how I would be able to handle everything.  REI, Karlen Motorsports Chassis,  Humpco Machine, and Blackbourn Racing.  Also our sponsors , B’laster Corporation, Brechbuhler Scales/B-Tek Scales, NAPA Auto Parts, Canton Towing, and Clevite Bearings.  Also need to thank the fans, sponsosrs and promoters of the events  for their continued support allowing us to do what we love to do…  TRACTOR PULLING!

pullingworld.com: Thank you for your time and good luck this year !

PPL 2017: Super Farms Tractors pulling at the Vanderburgh County Fair

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Rocket Science sold !

The 2.5t / 5500lbs. Light Modified Tractor called "BMO Rocket Science" of Jack Stijnen from Weert, in the Netherlands was sold without the turbocharged 6 cylinder DAF Truck engine to the Red Lady Pulling Team from Westerbeek, in the Netherlands. In the package were included the chrome-moly tube frame, the rearend with original Mercedes planetaries, the brakes, the carbon fiber fenders and the steering. The Red Lady Team will build a new Modified Tractor for the 2019 season. The Tractor will get a Rolls Royce Griffon MK58 V12 engine on AV-gas. It will be the same engine as they use on their old Red Lady Modified.
Also the Rocket Science Pulling Team are currently working on a new Light Modified Tractor for the 2018 season. Further details about the new project will follow in the next weeks, check here on pullingworld.com !

for further information, check here: https://www.facebook.com/Redladypuller/

or check here: https://www.facebook.com/rocketsciencepullingteam/


National Farm Machinery Championship Pull Streaming Live 2018



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PPL 2017: Super Modifieds pulling at the America's Pull in Henry, IL

Friday, February 02, 2018

Q & A with Wilco van Laar

Wilco van Laar, from Overberg, in the Netherlands. Wilco is one of the owner and driver of the New Holland T7 270 4.5t / 9260lbs. Component Super Sport Tractor called ,,Great Experience´´.

pullingworld.com: What are you doing in your normal life?
Wilco van Laar: Seller of Tractors and Agricultural Machinery (company Hoogendoorn in Houten).


pullingworld.com: What do you like to do in your free time, except Tractor Pulling?
Wilco van Laar: Doing fun things with my Family. Making Agricultural work and Tractor packing parts for third parties. 

pullingworld.com: What do you like about Tractor Pulling?
Wilco van Laar: The technic of the Tractor, as much as possible to conceive and implement. A nice Team around me and the fight and conviviality with other Teams at the events.

pullingworld.com: What was your first Tractor Pulling event?
Wilco van Laar: At a regional competition in Woudenberg (NL), about 20 years ago.

pullingworld.com: What is your favourite Event / Pulling track?
Wilco van Laar: Stroe (NL).
  

pullingworld.com: When and where do you have driven a Pulling Tractor for the first time?
Wilco van Laar: At a regional competition in Cothen (NL) in 2002.

pullingworld.com: What was your biggest success?
Wilco van Laar: That we have become 2x Puller of the Year (2009 and 2017).

pullingworld.com: Which Pulling classes do you like too?
Wilco van Laar: 3,6t Farm Stock, Pro Stock and Super Stock.

pullingworld.com: What was your biggest disappointment?
Wilco van Laar: That I lost a friend and Team member in 2011 due to a fatal work accident.

pullingworld.com: Which things must be changed in the future of the Tractor Pulling sport?
Wilco van Laar: Faster event progress so that more Tractors / classes can ride on a event.

pullingworld.com: What are your plans for the future in Tractor Pulling?
Wilco van Laar: We have just built a nice new project and we hope to be able to move ahead with this in the future. Here is one of my dreams come true.


pullingworld.com: What was for you the most important moment in the sport?
Wilco van Laar: The first run at the event in Erichem (NL) in 2017 with the new Great Experience.

pullingworld.com: What was your favourite Pulling Tractor project in the workshop during a winter?
Wilco van Laar: Rebuilding a engine, put together and build up.

pullingworld.com: Something you want to say?  
Wilco van Laar: That I can not realize this sport without our own Team and our sponsors. And the good / nice cooperation with different Teams within our sport. Because of this it sometimes seems like one big (Pulling) Family. 

pullingworld.com: Thank you for your time and good luck this year !  

Thursday, February 01, 2018

The new The Judge

From Ijsselmuiden, in the Netherlands, the Judge Pulling Team have built a new 3.5t / 7700lbs. Modified Tractor during this Winter. After 3 seasons with some good luck and bad luck, the Team decided to built a new Tractor with some changes and improvements on the chassis. But, what is new on the Modified Tractor? All the experience of the last 5 The Judge Tractors, what they have built in the past came together in this 6th edition. The new The Judge received a new homemade Domex 700 wedge frame with a homemade chrome-moly rollcage, a hydraulic steering, new engine brackets and a Rockwell rear axle housing. The Chassis is more flexable on the front end, lighter and the front end was completely new constructed. Also the the hitch of the Tractor was completely new constructed and is lighter than the old hitch construction. The parts for the new wedge frame were laser cut and bent by Tosec BV. in Zwolle, the Netherlands. The rollcage, the lexaan fenders and the completely Rockwell rearend were took over of the old Tractor. The rearend has a Humpco billet aluminium center section with a Rockwell diff, a Rockwell ring and pinion gear and custom made MF (Massey Ferguson) Bos planetaries carrier housing with special made ZF planetaries. The crossbox of the Tractor is homemade and has a CNC - milled aluminium housing with special made gears. The calculations and some gears for the crossbox were made by Bennie Vreeman of Vampire Gears from Neede, in the Netherlands. The rest of the gears come from the original drivetrain of the propellor drive. Also the reverser were built by Vampire Gears. The crossbox and the reverser coming from the old The Judge.
Each Griffon engine has a Eagle Clutches centrifugal clutch with 11´´ inch and 5 discs. The tires on the new Tractor are Firestone Puller 2000 HP tires on Midwest aluminium wheels.
The 6th edition of The Judge is powered by 2 Rolls Royce Griffon MK58 V12 engines with 37.6l / 2294cui. capacity on av-gas.
The power plants have a original RR Griffon engine block with original sleeves, a original crank, stock RR Griffon rods and pistons with stronger rod bolts, homemade exhaust pipes, original cylinder heads with original cams, carbon fiber valve covers, a stock intake manifold, a stock supercharger with a homemade aluminium air intake funnel, a homemade fuel tank, a MSD Pro Mag 20 ignition and a Racepak data logger. Since 2013 the dutch Team ran with shatter blankets around the superchargers of the Griffon engines. This year the shatter blankets are gone and the guys are returns to the steel protection again this season.
The Judge Team will compete with their new ride in the NTTO Dutch Grand National Championship this year.

for further information, check here: http://www.thejudge.nl/

or, check here: https://www.facebook.com/thejudge62