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April 20, 2014

Signs of the Season

The clock is ticking, the calendar is counting down, new engines are rumbling behind the half-closed doors of shops and barns, and all of us wonder…will the weather finally catch up with the season? Will all the various elements come together in time to match up with our plans? Well, hope springs eternal, as they say.

The start of the official outdoor activity season at the MMOGTA Showgrounds is scheduled for the weekend of April 26-27, in the form of a planned Test-N-Tune day at Track I. The current thinking is that we will try to hang on to the 2 day plan in order to give us a little broader time frame to accommodate some of the extra obstacles that may come into play this year. As many of you know, a huge project was undertaken this past winter following the decision to construct our own Transfer Sled. It has been a marathon effort, starting last December, and involving an incredible input of time, talent, labor, and expenditure. At this writing (April 18th) the new self-propelled sled is nearly complete, power unit up and running, but still awaiting some final plumbing work on the hydraulic drive. The crew feels that if all goes according to plan, the new unit should arrive on site in time for the planned first weekend (Test-N-Tune), giving the crew an opportunity to test the sled as well. The first full scale T-Sled Pull competition is planned for May 4th, following the opening day Dead Weight pull on May 3rd.

On the heels of what has been the most gruesome winter in decades, we are all keenly aware that the weather and grounds/track conditions continue to be a huge “X-Factor” in planning for the debut of the new equipment. We will do our best to keep you updated as the target dates approach. After living with snow that was dog-leg deep for over 3 months, we are as eager as the rest of you to see a little dust, smell a little exotic fuel, and hear all those new engines go to work.

For those who may not have had a chance to see our unique new Transfer Sled, we’ll add a few photos that have been taken over the months of construction. You will see the donor John Deere combine that was sacrificed for the power unit, cab and drive/steering axle. The tandem axles with duals were from a donor semi-tractor, and are used as the ground driven weight box advance, as well as braking. The rest of the sled is the result of lot’s of steel, lot’s of engineering, and lot’s of fabrication. As the project comes to completion, we will do our best to give credit to all who were involved in this huge effort.

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