Roy Everett | 2010


Roy Everett | 2010

The men who have been inducted into NTPA's Hall of Fame have made a mark in sport in several ways, and that is true of tonight's inductees. Known as a friendly yet tough competitor on the track during his years and as a southern ambassador for NTPA off of it; and someone today who still serves as a very active crew chief for his family's four wheel drive truck pulling team; Tonight, Roy Everett, whose fifth decade of impeccable involvement in the sport, earns himself a spot in the NTPA's Hall of Fame.

Roy started pulling tractors in 1972 with a Case 970. He enjoyed a lot of success for his first couple of years until the class changed its rules. "To be quite frank, the Internationals boys started skin'in me," said Everett in a December 1983 interview with THE PULLER magazine.

Roy Everett eventually changed to truck pulling in 1977, as it was his 'first love'. "I used to do some drag racing," said Everett, "but I saw right quick that I wanted to get into pick-up pulling." Roy's first pulling effort was a broken down, fertilizer truck with a 350 cubic inch Chevy.

Around the late 1970s and through the 1980s, Everett began his stint on the Georgia Tractor Pullers Association as a delegate to the NTPA Full Board of Directors. Everett served to help better the sport and gave invaluable communication lines between Georgia pullers and the governing NTPA rules body.

On the track, the dairy farmer managed to make an impressive mark on the truck pulling world with the famed 1967 Chevrolet called "The Doerunner," aptly named after the town Everett is from. Roy won the NTPA Region IV points championship his first full year of national competition; achieving this feat despite the fact that he missed the first pull of the season.

Roy's accomplishments in his early years included a successful 1980 campaign in which he won four point championships in NTPA's Region IV. That particular year saw both Super Stock FWD Trucks as well as Open FWD Trucks compete for points. Everett won both weight divisions in each separate division that same year. Then in 1981 with the FWD division back to just one category, Roy won the 5800 lb. class and in 1982, he won both Region IV weight breaks again.

Everett was one of the first FWD Truck pullers to utilize the aluminum Rodeck block, which was interesting for its day as he was one of the few using the engine block in an aspirated configuration versus a supercharged one. It was a 572 cubic inch Rodeck motor that was place in the "Doerunner" in 1982.

Roy started off 1983 with a win at the famed "Indy Super Pull," the legendary indoor pulling spectacle in which Everett made a full pull on the final hook of the class for the win. It was the first time the FWD Trucks ever pulled on that stage. Roy was eyeing something outside of the NTPA Regional framework and decided to go after the NTPA Grand National schedule of FWD Truck events. Everett was very successful at this level too, as he won his first ever NTPA Grand National points championship, winning both the 5800 lb. and 6200 lb. weight breaks. To cap off a very successful campaign to the circuit, Roy was named "Puller of the Year" by his peers.

Everett decided to go back to defend his titles, capturing the 5800 lb. class in 1984 by 13 points over Tony O'Steen and a fifth place finish in the 6200 lb. class. When Roy decided to stay closer to home in 1985, he continued to do well with a runner-up slot in Region IV competition.

As his boys, Tony and Paul were getting older, Roy and his wife Connie stayed closer to home in the late 80s. Tony drove "Doerunner" too, and enjoyed success locally. Then due to his employment, Tony moved to Texas. Roy sold "Doerunner" in the early 90s due a health concern. Roy went after his medical problem with determination, and when he was back on his feet, Roy bought "Doerunner" back.

In 2006, Tony moved closer to home by way of North Carolina. Roy, Connie, and Tony were determined to regain NTPA National success once again, and in 2008, "Doerunner" won the Region IV title once again with Roy playing the role of crewchief for Tony. To this day, Roy still climbs in the seat of his trusty Chevrolet to compete in Georgia pulls. The Everetts are still seeing success out on the southern tracks to this day, and continue to go about their business with professionalism and pride – two words that aptly defines our newest member to the NTPA Hall of Fame.

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