But back to how I got hooked on the little tractors. I also race slotcars as a hobby (it's also where my nickname Cheetah comes from), and one day I got a call from a guy named Rick wanting to join us. So we met a few days later, and while waiting our turn, I asked him if he had any other hobbies. He said something about garden tractor pulling, and instantly I perked up. I told him to tell me more. Before long, he was offering me and my wife both a tractor we could use. Both were Simplicitys. That was back in 2008. We (the wife and I) now have 6 pulling tractors, of which 2 are for the grandsons when they can make it.
Dad saw how much fun we were having, and now he has a couple, and is also now using the tractor I started out with. He in turn, has got his nephew hooked, and he has a tractor as well.
My wife pulls with a Homelite T8 and a Sears, and I pull with a couple of Wheelhorses. One is Lawn Ranger. The grandsons pull with a couple or Wheelhorse Raiders.Yes, I like my Wheelhorses, but I also like the Simplicity's, especially ones with the twist frame.
Other GT's that we have are a Craftsman 14 twin, a Simplicity 728 and a John Deere something that looks like a standard mower, but has Zero turn capability. I am hoping to refurbish one of the Raiders we have and get it looking like new again, so I am looking through the restoration tips that people have provided here (thank you!!)
Back to the guy I met, Rick. Turns out he was the guy (along with help) that started the group called Sugar Hill Snubbers. He also drove a super modified tractor called the Sassy Massey back in the 80's. To hear him tell stories of driving a rig with 5 heavily modified Hemi's in front is a real treat. Because of him, we are really happy to have gotten into GT's and the hobby of pulling.
Edited by Cheetah, May 13, 2013 - 08:39 PM.