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Contact Information: President: Brent Miller, 12091 N. Route B., Hallsville, Missouri 65255 | Phone: 1-573-424-6217. Please call anytime. If no answer, please try again later. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org | Secretary/Treasurer: Valerie Miller | Safety Inspector: Cody Hultz. Sled Operator: Martin Wolbeck
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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.
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: "Track Master" 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. We also have a 10' x 10' pop-up canopy to provide shelter from the heat on hot, sunny days. And the sled has 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. Please call anytime. If no answer, please try again later. E-mail: email@example.com | Secretary/Treasurer: Valerie Miller | Safety Inspector: Cody Hultz | Sled Operator: Martin Wolbeck
Miller's One-of-a-Kind Self-Propelled Pulling Sled -
This distinctive (one of a kind) and private-owned pulling sled has distinctive style, beauty and grace. It's our pride and joy! No sled compares to it. Track Master 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.
A 14hp Kohler engine, which is positioned next to the operator at the rear, propels this sled. A hydraulically-controlled front axle with small tires lowers, which raises the skidpan off the ground, makes the sled easy to maneuver. Also, there's no belts or pulleys that operate anything on this sled. It's all heavy duty chains and sprockets, and automotive gears, which don't break. "Track Master" is 17 feet in length (without towbar), and used mainly in Missouri. Depending on track conditions, it has a top speed of 6-7 MPH.
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, and with the use of an innovative and ingeniously designed automatic braking system (no ground-engaging grouser bar attached to the rear of the skidpan to "tear up" or gouge the pulling surface), this sled will effectively, smoothly and safely stop all garden tractors and small wheel mini-rods. When the weight box nears to being "topped out," the automatic mechanical brake engagement gradually applies the emergency/parking brakes on the front [drive] axle.
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