George Everett | 2012
George Everett | 2012
George Everett's stint in pulling goes well beyond the 43 years of the NTPA. As a board member, he helped decide on competition rules, contributed to the safety of competitors, officials and fans, and assisted in the stewarding of a motorsports business in a competitive entertainment world. Everett continues to see success today on pulling tracks across Indiana and on the regional circuit in the Light Super Stock class and was the Hoosier State Tractor Pullers Association (HSTPA) Champion in 2012. First and foremost, however, Everett left an indelible mark on the sport of NTPA Championship Pulling in the board room. He celebrates 30 years as a fixture on the NTPA and WPI Executive Boards this year.
Everett grew up in Fayette, Ind. In 1960, he married Jean and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force as a mechanic on B-52s. After serving four years in Rapid City, S.D., he moved back to Indiana and invested in a farm with his dad and brother in Monrovia. This plot of land on Everett Road is still where the Everett family resides. Around this time, George had a desire to compete at local county fair pulls with his brother, Ted. They built two John Deere Gs in the late 60s with George's having two carburetors flowing with an Everett customized intake manifold, pulling at the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green in 1968.
Super Stock tractors were in George's blood, and in the early 70s, he bought an Oliver 88 with one turbo, carbureted on gas. George and fellow Hoosier Harold Volland were the first around Indiana to switch from gas to alcohol fuel and twin turbo chargers. In 1979, Everett built a John Deere 4010 and ran the 5,000 and 7,000 pound HSTPA classes. In 1985, George had Indy Cylinder Head's first aluminum heads flowing air from a trio of turbochargers.
In 1994, George bought the successful AC 180 of Merrill Smith called "Ol' Sparky" through current owner, Larry Richwine. Indy Cylinder Head was once again summoned to build a cylinder head brainstormed by Everett, and it was a successful concept as it led to three state titles with the Allis. George and his son Scott campaigned both the John Deere and Allis, respectively, on the state circuit.
George is still known today for his success in the Light Super Stock class with his "Smokeless Alternative" alcohol fueled John Deere 7820 in the HSTPA and NTPA's Region II. He has had numerous wins over the years, with his win at his hometown pull in Monrovia one of his proudest moments. Everett has been voted Super Stock Puller of the Year in the HSTPA on six occasions, including November 2012. Everett won his first ever Hoosier State points title in 2012 with his trustworthy John Deere, a feat he battled hard for with his faithful green tractor for many years.
George began working on the political side of the sport for the NTPA member state association, Hoosier State Tractor Pullers, beginning in the mid-70s. By the end of the 70s, Everett was the group's president. During this time by virtue of his status in the NTPA member state, Everett began sitting in on the NTPA Full Board Meetings representing all of Indiana's members.
In 1983, Everett was elected to his first three-year term on the NTPA Executive Board. His everyday working knowledge of virtually every component imaginable in his tractor salvage business continues to be valuable for the NTPA when determining rule interpretations or whether a tractor was eligible based on combinations that creative competitors would try and get officials to deem legal. Everett is an ace in knowing how far into the gray a certain, proposed combination was venturing during the meetings. It is this type of knowledge that sets Everett apart from most board members. This knowledge also placed Everett through the years on specialized committees, including the Tech and Safety committee as well as the Super Stock divisional committee.
George remained on the NTPA executive rules board for 18 years until in 1998, WPI President/CEO David P. Schreier asked him to come join the executive board of World Pulling International, Inc. and begin giving his input on the business side of things.
Everett always felt his expertise was in rules, but the WPI and NTPA Executive Boards were beginning to work together more and more, and were meeting and voting together on the rules. George maintained his position on both boards for a while. The business side of WPI and the rules side of NTPA were going through some difficult transitioning, and the feelings were often tenuous at best. The biggest obstacle usually orbited around the fact that many rule decisions affected business, and many business decisions affected rules. Everett can be credited for helping bridge the sides together, providing cooperation, and endorsing the efficient process of present day rule making.
If you perused the WPI/NTPA minute books, you would see Everett's name appear quite a number of times. George has a good reputation of making the motion of a new proposed rule many times per meeting, and he doesn't back away from the tougher motions that have led over the years to a lot of phone calls and explanations on why a rule was passed. Everett will battle on what he feels is right on a given topic, but has the ability to listen to others' positions. History has shown sound decisions by the WPI/NTPA organization. Much credit goes to Everett's conviction on believing or sometimes not believing what is in the best interest of the sport.
When examining the issues that have faced the organization during Everett's 30 years on the combined WPI and NTPA Executive Boards, it is an impressive list. It includes: NTPA's financial crisis of the mid-80s, the SFI program, NTPA divisional committees, roll cages, the Super Stock division's dilemma between diesel and alcohol, WPI sled program, and the list goes on. If led down an improper path, any of these issues could have spelled the end to the association. However, with George Everett's contributions to the organization, the NTPA is much safer and more competitive, and remains the leader in the world of truck and tractor pulling. Thanks to George and his tireless effort in serving the members of the association for its betterment.