Worthington, Ohio---Reigning Grand National Pro Stock champion Charles Pelletier is looking for a new challenge.
Pelletier and his wife Linda have been invited to compete with their “CP Dream II” John Deere at the three-day Powerweekend, a major event on both the European Tractor Pulling Committee and Netherlands Truck and Tractor Pulling Organization schedules.
Located between the towns of Made and Wagenberg in the province of Noord-Brabant, the June 14-16 event is the largest pull on the continent. Over five dozen classes will appear on three tracks.
By accepting, Pelletier, owner of the Concassage Pelletier limestone quarry in St. Armand, Quebec, will forgo a shot at a third consecutive title.
“Being champ back-to-back has brought us some pretty good stuff,” he noted. “We’ve gone all over the U.S. to compete with the best of the best.
“I have so many friends in the States, and they tell me, ‘You take that thing way too seriously.’ Maybe that’s why I have the wins, but it comes with no fun.” Pelletier admitted that chasing a second championship, while rewarding, took its toll. “A lot of travel, a lot of stress.
“I’m trying to have a season just for me and Linda. Not take care of points or the championship, just have fun.”
In addition to his immediate family, honored guests in the traveling party will be Pierre and Patrice Beaudry of “Crazy Canuck” Super Stock fame. The father-and-son team initiated Pelletier to the world of professional pulling and built his first Pro Stock, the “CP Dream I” 6030.
It’s Charley’s first time pulling in Europe but not his first time watching. He accompanied the GALOT Team when they competed at the European Superpull in 2017.
“Those people take their tractor pulling very seriously,” Pelletier recalled. “Each tractor has its own music; they have cheerleaders. Tractors are displayed on carpet. They make that show very professional.”
Though “CP Dream II” is too heavy to officially compete according to continental Pro Stock rules, it will have rivals. Two Dutch pullers—Barend Huijbregts and the “Rocky” International and William DeVos and the “Extreme Temptation” Case IH—have agreed to run in Made at 10,000 lbs. Both Huijbregts and DeVos competed stateside at the National Farm Machinery Show in 2018.
Leisure opportunities abound. “I have 50 invitations” from fellow pullers, and the organizers “furnished me a car with fuel, so I can drive everywhere.” In keeping with the low-pressure theme, he’s not committed to much beyond Powerweekend.
“After Made, I will decide whether to continue pulling [in Europe] or not.” He anticipates getting to a few stateside events, particularly Bowling Green and Canton. “I promised my friends the Schmuckers I’d make it.”
Once his tractor has returned to Quebec, however, Pelletier plans to make a quick trip to St. Hyacinthe in late July to pull in front of a raucous, home-province crowd.
“They invited me to stop by just after Holland. Folks from Canada haven’t seen their ‘CP-2’ for so many years, and [now] he is a Grand National champ.”
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