Welcome to the Hot Rod Garden Tractor Pullers Association

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This website updated 9/15/19. Click or tap HERE or HERE to refresh or reload this web page to see any changes. Click the blue underlined links below Ê for additional information. Most pulls preferred to be held in Missouri.

Contact Information: President: Brent Miller, 12091 N. Route B., Hallsville, Missouri 65255 | Phone: 1-573-424-6217 | E-mail: a-1lawncareandlandscaping@outlook.com | Secretary/Treasurer: Valerie Miller | Sled Operator: Martin Wolbeck | Event Coordinator: Brian Miller

Pulling Event Schedule
(Updated 9/15/19)

Sanctioning Classes, Rules and Regulations
(New Additional Classes & Rules Coming in 2020!)

Membership Registration Form

Adult Release and Waiver of Liability and Indemnity Agreement

Minor Release and Waiver of Liability and Indemnity Agreement

Points Standings

Prize Money Payback Charts

Weather Forecast - weather.com

Google Maps

Missouri Gas Prices

How to build a competitive garden pulling tractor: Small Engine & Garden Tractor Pulling Tips & Tricks

How to Build a Competitive Small Wheel Mini-Rod Pulling Tractor and Mini Pulling Truck

HRGTPA Puller's Pulling Action Pictures and Videos

Check out HRGTPA's YouTube channel to watch the garden pulling tractors (and proposed future mini pulling trucks) in action!

The HRGTPA is looking forward to many more quality pulling events in 2020, with new classes added to the rules. And possibly some pulls offering $100 per class added prize money!

Our sole purpose is for people of all ages to have fun and provide the means so they can enjoy life while they can. Founded and established by the Miller family in 1995, the Hot Rod Garden Tractor Pullers Association is a caring and friendly family-oriented member-owned organization that provides the means for nice, honest folks to have a good time, fun, safe and relaxing pulling entertainment for people of all ages.

Pullers always have a pleasant and relaxing atmosphere at all HRGTPA's events. It's an excellent way for friends and the entire family (fathers, mothers and their kids) to spend quality time together, have a good time and make good memories. It's good family fun!

When the pullers/participants have a good time and feel relaxed at the HRGTPA pulls, that's what professionalism is all about!

The HRGTPA provides safe and quality entertainment the entire family of participants and spectators can enjoy. Cheating and/or favoritism toward any puller will not be tolerated at any of the HRGTPA pulls, meetings or events! The HRGTPA is a member-owned and operated association. Just because the HRGTPA has a privately-owned sled and equipment does not mean that the operation of the pulls will go our way. Unlike certain other [defunct] garden tractor pulling associations in Missouri, we prefer to work with pullers and not against them.

HRGTPA membership dues for one year is $25.00 per person and $50.00 per family. This covers the pulling insurance costs and various other expenses for the club. Hook/Entry fees is $13.00 per pull. $10.00 will go toward the hook fee, and $3.00 will go toward the sled and equipment maintenance. Any left-over money collected at the end of every year will be returned to the pullers in one form or another and/or be used to pay the insurance for the following year. HRGTPA has $1,000,000 spectator liability insurance coverage. The pulling insurance covers the audience/spectators of the HRGTPA pulls only, and not the members, participants or pullers of HRGTPA.

Pullers of other associations are always welcomed to attend the HRGTPA meetings to voice their opinions, vote on the rules and participate at all HRGTPA pulls. Local vendors of garden tractor pulling parts are also welcomed to set up a table and sell, swap or trade their products at all HRGTPA pulls at no charge.

We are asking for businesses in Missouri to help sponsor the HRGTPA for the garden tractor pulling season. We have two options for sponsorship: pulling event or club operating expenses. The sponsors' names and logos will be mentioned and displayed in this website, on the HRGTPA pulling sled, and on large banners at the pull sites for the audience/spectators to see. Please contact us if you wish to help sponsor this fine pulling association.

Information About an Economical (Low Budget to Build) Class of Competition Garden Pulling Tractor -

This particular pulling tractor consist of 23-10.50x12 size (rear) lug tires, 4.10/3.50-4 size (front) tires and a 10" drawbar/hitch height. With this size tires and drawbar height, a lot less strain or stress is placed on the rear end carrier and axles upon launch of the sled and while pulling down the track. Therefore, the [Cub Cadet] tractor can have the stock rear end carrier and coarse spline axles with little chance of breaking the carrier or twisting an axle. An addition, the [Cub Cadet] clutch assembly will not need to be "beefed up" as much as the pulling tractors with the 26-12.00x12 tires and 13" drawbar height. The total weight of the tractor (with driver) can be either 950 lb. or 1,000 lb. And with this size tires and drawbar height, depending on power output of the engine, a stock 4,000 RPM 10hp Kohler engine may be able to pull with the factory 16 tooth second gear without running out of power the full length of the track, or a built-to-the-max 10hp engine may be able to pull with the factory 19 tooth second gear without running out of power the full length of the track. Belt-driven garden tractors will be equally competitive with Cub Cadets in this class. Also in this class, there will be very little chance of breaking an axle in a garden tractor with the belt-driven Peerless 2300 series transaxle. This class of garden pulling tractor puts on an excellent show of power and ground speed when pulling a lightweight and easy-to-start sled, such as the HRGTPA sled.

The HRGTPA has its private-owned and professionally-built self-propelled pulling sled, weighing scale, precision measuring equipment and professional PA sound system. HRGTPA's top of the line equipment includes: a nice self-propelled pulling sled, weighing scale with a portable 4' x 8' platform connected to a large accurate and large easy-to-read electronic digital display, and if needed, a professional P.A. amplified sound system that's placed on the recorder's/announcer's table. The HRGTPA also uses a convenient and accurate electronic digital distance measuring/monitoring system with an easy-to-read sled distance transmitter that's positioned in the sled and a remote receiver that's placed on the recorder/announcer's table. Although the P.A. amplified sound system and remote distance display receiver can each operate off a 12 volt battery (we supply), they may require 120 volts of power. And with the electronic digital distance measuring system, unlike a laser or old-fashioned "rope and tape measure" methods of measuring the distance of each pull, the sled doesn't need to be positioned at the same exact spot every time at the starting line. And we have a 10' x 10' pop-up canopy to provide shelter from the heat on hot, sunny days. Also, the sled has two super bright LED green and red lights, and two filled fire extinguishers with quick and easy access, plus the ability to pull even the toughest killswitch!

We require a dirt/clay pulling track on flat, level ground (with the exception of the straight-away on a race track), minimum 25 feet in width and 300 feet pulling surface, plus 25 feet for the shut-down area at the end of the track and 25 feet for the sled staging area, 350 feet in total length. The price to put on an HRGTPA-sanctioned garden tractor pull varies according to the distance from Hallsville, MO to your pull site. Please call or email for pricing. Most pulls preferred to be held in Missouri.

Contact Information:  President: Brent Miller, 12091 N. Route B., Hallsville, Missouri 65255 | Phone: 1-573-424-6217 | E-mail: a-1lawncareandlandscaping@outlook.com | Secretary/Treasurer: Valerie Miller | Sled Operator: Martin Wolbeck | Event Coordinator: Brian Miller

Miller's One-of-a-Kind Self-Propelled Pulling Sled -

This distinctive (one of a kind) and private-owned self-propelled pulling sled has distinctive style, beauty and grace. It's in pristine condition and always ready for action. It's our pride and joy! No sled compares to it. Miller's sled is considered by many experienced and professional pullers as top of the line and best sled in the country! It not only looks nice, but it pulls and performs beautifully! Not bragging or exaggerating, just stating a fact. This unique and nimble sled is very functional and operates flawlessly! It has always performed well from its very first pull in 1995 to date with no major break-downs.

This sled was not "cobbled together." It was professionally engineered and constructed with well thought-out blueprints and plans solely by the Miller family. It has never had a major malfunction or breakdown so that the show could not be finished. Very few changes or improvements had to be made to it. It has always been a great asset to the pullers. It's the envy of most other garden tractor pulling clubs in Missouri.

The total weight of the entire sled is approximately 6,000 lbs. There's about 2,000 lbs. of weight in the moving weight box, which transfers the weight over the skidpan. The weight box has 8 control [distance] speeds. This may sound like this sled is difficult to launch and pull down the track, but it's not! It's a very well-balanced sled, meaning very little weight is on the skid pan when the weight box is at the rear. This allows the skidpan to "float" in the air when the tractor launches the pull, allows the tractor to gain a lot of ground speed, and the lightweight launch places less stress and strain on a stock rear end carrier, axles, gears, driveline, clutch and pulling hitch.

When the weight box is "topped out," about 5,400 lbs. or 90% total weight of the sled is transferred onto the skidpan, effectively stopping pulling tractors. With no added weight in the skidpan, it's very easy to launch, and it's sure to stop any pulling vehicle (up to 1,500 lbs.), even on short, indoor tracks. Even stock tractors can pull this sled with plenty of ground speed up to 300 feet (maximum track length) with no problems.

Because this sled pulls so easy, many professional pullers tell us that they'd rather pull this sled than any other sled. Pullers who have pulled this sled say: "it's so easy to pull [upon launch], it feels like you're pulling nothing, then eventually, it slows you down and stops you." And if any puller says that this sled is hard to pull, then either they don't know what they are talking about, or they don't like the fact that we don't allow cheating or favoritism toward any pullers at our pulls. Professionally-built to be competitively pulled by all classes of garden pulling tractors, this sled will effectively, smoothly and safely stop all garden tractors and small wheel mini-rods.

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