As I noted in my previous post addressing the Norfolk County Fair, my dad entered his pulling tractor, Pleasant Thunder, in the Simcoe pull on Sunday evening. After facing a tough year in regards to his pulling career, my dad finished second overall in Simcoe and gave the best pull of his life. He pulled 350 feet, and despite not winning the competition overall, his second place title was incredibly exciting for him and my entire family, and we could not be more proud of him.
I wanted to dedicate a post to my Dad and his pulling tractor because it truly is a great example of how perseverance and dedication reaps tremendous benefits. My dad and his good friend built Pleasant Thunder from the ground up, neither of them having any prior experience in building a pulling tractor. They experienced a lot of trial and error and did a lot of experimenting, but after Sunday evening it is apparent that being committed to something and having true heart for it pays off. Our farm mechanic has also aided my dad in preparing the tractor for pulls a great deal, and it has been a privilege to witness Pleasant Thunder grow into what it is today.
When my Dad first expressed interest in the realm of tractor pulling, I honestly was not overly interested. I was unfamiliar with what the Motorsport entailed, and I failed to see how I would enjoy being associated with pulling considering I had no comprehension of how the sport worked. However, after being a member of my dad’s pit crew for two years now, I can confidently state that I have a solid understanding of tractor pulling and that I furthermore enjoy being affiliated with the sport. Seeing my dad’s joy and excitement when he excels is undoubtedly the greatest thing about it, and I cannot deny that his happiness is contagious.
The season has concluded for my dad for 2016, but I look forward to next year and being able to see more progression still.