John Klug | 1994


John Klug | 1994

Whenever there is serious discussion among Super Stock pullers and fans, one man and his famous tractor will inevitably be mentioned. The man is John Klug and his tractor is Red Baron, an IH 1066 that cut a wide swath through the NTPA record books.

Over a career that spanned some 30 years, the Iowa native earned a baron's share of awards and trophies. In all he won 10 Grand National Super Stock point titles, second only to Super Stock puller extraordinaire Danny Dean.

From 1982-1985, John Klug was unbeatable in the 9500 lb. class. He was no less fearsome in the "heavy" Super Stock classes, taking three titles here. If that were not enough, he showed what the Red Baron could do at the Indy Super Pull, where he won four titles. Also in the early 1980s, he received the Super Stock Puller of the year award, an award of some merit and pride as it was a vote of his peers.

John began his career "in the driver's seat" in the early 1960s, which antedated the birth of NTPA. In fact, he was one of NTPA's founding fathers, giving the organization life in 1969.

John's accomplishments off the track were noteworthy as well. From 1982 to 1991, he served on the NTPA Executive Board. In this magazine some five years ago, we had a chance to talk to him. At that time we asked him what he thought was his achievement as a board member. He answered by saying that he "represented his fellow pullers to the best of his ability and looked out for their interests so as to help the sport grow and prosper."

We think that about sums up his contributions to the sport. He was always looking at ways to help the sport "grow and prosper." And if he could provide a few thrills to fans along the way, showing them what Red Baron could do, then all the more merry it would be.

As he said in that same space when we asked him about his hopes for NTPA when they founded it back in 1969, "We knew we had a good thing." We somehow think fans everywhere thought the same way about John and his Red Baron. They knew they had a good thing.

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