Friday, March 16, 2018

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Q & A with Charles Pelletier

Charles Pelletier, 51 years old from St. Armand, Quebec in Canada. Charles is the owner and driver of the John Deere 8345R Component Pro Stock Tractor called ,,CP Dream 2". He´s also the 2017 NTPA Grand National Champion of the 10000lbs. Pro Stock division. What are you doing in your normal life?
Charles Pelletier: I am the owner of a limestone quarry in St-Armand, Qc. - Concassage Pelletier Inc. – that extracts, transforms and sells limestone and OMYA Agrodol-SA (40% Magnesium Agricultural Dolomitic Limestone) High-quality, natural mineral to condition and enrich crop soil, produced under strict ISO 9001:2008 quality standards. What do you like to do in your free time, except Tractor Pulling?
Charles Pelletier: I am a vintage chainsaw collector, I love spending time with my family and grandkids, and workout 3-5 times a week. What do you like about Tractor Pulling?
Charles Pelletier: I love the family ambience, the competition and the adrenaline rush. Tractor Pulling is like being part of a huge Family. What was your first Tractor Pulling event?
Charles Pelletier: My first Tractor Pulling event was the Casselman Super Pull in Ontario with the ASTTQ (Association Sportive de Tire de Tracteurs du Québec). What is your favourite Event / Pulling track?
Charles Pelletier: My favorite track is Chapel Hill, Tennessee. The folks at Lions Super Pull are genuinely good people and take really good care of us and it’s the perfect track for Super Stock. When and where do you have driven a Pulling Tractor for the first time?
Charles Pelletier: My first Pulling experience was at Expo Bedford Fair in Bedford, Québec around 1983. I pulled with a 135 White. What was your biggest success?
Charles Pelletier: My biggest accomplishment has to be winning the 50th Anniversary Bowling Green and becoming the NTPA 2017 Grand Champion. It’s more than a dream! Which Pulling classes do you like too?
Charles Pelletier: Aside from my Pro Stock, I love the Super Stock Diesel. What was your biggest disappointment?
Charles Pelletier: Never having been able to touch the sand in Louisville, Kentucky…. But, I will someday, for sure! Which things must be changed in the future of the Tractor Pulling sport?
Charles Pelletier: I think finding a way to get bigger sponsors so that prize winnings are higher would be something to work on. The cost of participating/building these Tractors has gotten to be so high that I fear interest in the sport may decline because of discouraged participants. It would help guarantee the future of the sport. What are your plans for the future in Tractor Pulling?
Charles Pelletier: My goal for 2018 is to have a repeat and defend my title, something that hasn't happened in the Pro Stock circuit in a very long time. It will be an awesome challenge for me! What was for you the most important moment in the sport?
Charles Pelletier: When the association realized the importance of safety in the sport and imposed rules and regulations to protect participants, their teams and fans alike (roll cages, seat belts, helmets, transmission and clutch guards, etc.) You shouldn’t have to worry about your safety when practicing a sport. What was your favourite Pulling Tractor project in the workshop during a winter?
Charles Pelletier: Building my first CP Dream I Tractor in Bedford, Québec in 2006. Something you want to say?  
Charles Pelletier: I’d like to mention my wife and best friend, Linda, who is always there to push me to persevere and to support me no matter what. A great big thanks to the best mechanics there are and my best buddies, the guys at Shipley Tractor Equipment: Josh, Russel and Tim. They’ve always believed in me. I hope the sport will continue for a long time and that there will be successors for generations to come. Thank you for your time and good luck this year !  

Thursday, March 15, 2018

The new Green Streak Unlimited

From Washington, Indiana in the USA, the Green Streak Pulling Team around Steve and Greg Boyd have built a new 4 engine powered Mod Tractor during the last winter. After 4 seasons with the Engler Chassis, the Team decided to going a new way with a new chassis and a different engine setup on the the new one. The new Mod got a completely new developed chrome moly tube frame with a new three bar chrome moly rollcage, a new FPM (Full Pull Motorsports) fabricated SQHD sheet metal rear axle housing, a newly built hitch and a hydraulic steering. The completely new chassis was developed and built by Bob Barbee and the Team at Full Pull Motorsports from Springfield, Tennessee. The new fenders on the new ride are made from carbon fiber and received a completely new vinyl graphics from TKO. The new rearend in the Mod has a billet aluminium center section from TRB Machine with a billet Humpco aluminium diff, a Rockwell ring and pinion gear, Franklin magnesium planetaries carrier housing with billet Franklin planetaries and Full Pull Motorsports 24´´ inch titanium brake rotors with billet FPM aluminium brake calipers. Boyd´s purchased for their new vehicle a set of new cut Firestone Puller 2000 HP tires on Midwest aluminium rims.
Also completely new on the Mod is the drivetrain. The Green Streak Pulling Team going with this concept a completely different way. On the chassis are mounted 2 completely new Crossboxes with new billet drivelines and a SCS reverser with a billet driveline brake. The billet driveline brake is directly mounted on the SCS reverser. The new Crossboxes are a collaboration between Full Pull Motorsports and Modern Machine from Van Buren, Indiana. FPM have built the titanium housings for the boxes and Modern Machine built all the internals (like the gears, shafts etc.) and assembled them. Modern Machine also have built the new drivelines between the crossboxes and the reverser. The 4 V8 engines has a other position on the new chassis now. The V8s are 90 degree turned and sits more forward than on the old Engler chassis. Also the direction of rotation on the engines were changed. The 2 engines on the left site turning counterclockwise and the other 2 engines on the right turning clockwise. The Team hopes to get a better balance and less torque in the tube frame with those changes. Each engine on the the Mod have a 3 disc centrifugal clutch with a Browell aluminium bell housing.
The new Green Streak Unlimited is powered by 4 blown Sassy Racing V8 Hemi engines on methanol fuel. The engines also ran on the old Green Streak Unlimited Mod Tractor and were checked and overhauled during the winter. The Sassy Racing power plants have a BAE billet aluminium block with BAE Alcohol billet aluminium heads, Moroso valve covers, a billet crank with billet aluminum rods and pistons, Dan Olsen Racing exhaust headers, a Mike Janis 8-71 supercharger with a Mike Janis aluminum scoop injector, a Sassy Racing fuel system, a MSD Pro Mag 44 ignition, a Racepak data logger and a dry sump lubrication with a aluminium oil tank. Each of the 4 Sassy Racing engines was on the own engine dyno of the Green Streak Team and make around 2600 HP with the 8-71 blower. The Green Streak Pulling Team will compete with their new Green Streak Unlimited Modified in the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League Champions Tour this year.

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