The WPI/NTPA family is saddened to learn of the passing on Friday, November 22 of Nolan Hall, 79, of Mason, Michigan. Mr. Hall competed in the Two Wheel Drive division on the Grand National, Regional National, and state circuits for over 20 years, most notably with his "Wolverine Haller" Fords which won four consecutive RN titles.
A lifelong resident of Mason, Mr. Hall was a partner in Chellisons Farm, first with his brother Philip and later with his son Pete and nephew Mike.
Mr. Hall and his wife Patricia were mainstays in the administration of the Wolverine Pullers Association, which was formed in fall 1985 to unify several territorial clubs within the original NTPA charter member state. Mr. Hall served as the Wolverine Pullers' first secretary from 1985 through 1989, when Pat took on that role. In 1992, he resumed his service as one of Michigan's delegates to the national Association.
Renowned for his mechanical abilities, Mr. Hall began his pulling career in the late 1960s with a John Deere 4020 farm stock. He moved to Modifieds with the single-Oldsmobile "Odd Ball" and eventually added a second engine ("Odd Couple") and then a third ("Odd Squad") before switching to the more economical wheelstanding division with the "Loan Ranger." Pulling at both the 5,800- and 6,200-lb. weight breaks on the Grand National circuit, Mr. Hall qualified his 1985 Ford for the 1987 Indy Super Pull. "I guess it's basically what everyone strives for," Mr. Hall told The Puller Magazine. "When you get to Indy, you've made it to the ultimate pull. You feel fortunate and privileged just to get there."
That truck became the first edition of the "Wolverine Haller" beginning in 1988 and began to regularly win titles in its namesake state. Mr. Hall scored his first RN victory in Arcola, Indiana in 1990, a second one in nearby Roanoke in 1992, and then won both of those as well as Monroe and Hudsonville, Michigan in his breakout year of 1994. Alongside state-level wins in Michigan and Ohio, nine more regional victories would come through the end of the decade with the '97 Ford F-150 edition of the "Haller" and with them four Region II championships from 1995 to 1998.
In addition to Pat, Mr. Hall is survived by children Jennifer Baker, Julie Hall, Catherine (Michael) Wilson, and Pete Hall; grandchildren Breeanne Swart, Brittany Baker, Samuel Baker, Elizabeth Holdorf, Christopher Holdorf, Sara Wilson, Brent Wilson, and Bill Wilson; eight great-grandchildren; his sisters, Joyce (John) Ickes and Joan (Bill) Porter; and six nieces and nephews. His full obituary appears here.
The national office joins our friends in Michigan in extending our prayers for comfort and peace to Pat and the entire Hall family.