Robert Menn has informed WPI/NTPA that he will retire from service at national events as an NTPA Tech Official to devote more time to his business, Menn's Firestone of Carthage, Illinois, and to his family. He will maintain his rollcage inspection credentials and will remain available to provide cage certifications for vehicles intended for NTPA competition.
In 1990, Menn entered the fraternity of NTPA officials from his membership in the Illinois Tractor Pulling Association.
"Very few of today's pullers know that Bob Menn pulled a Mini Rod before becoming a official for both ITPA and NTPA," recalled Larry Richwine, NTPA's Director of Technical Services. "He has been a integral part of NTPA Tech services since day one of his involvement."
Menn was frequently called upon to judge some of the Association's most prestigious events, including the Budweiser Dairyland Super Nationals in Tomah, Wisconsin and the National Tractor Pulling Championships in Bowling Green. When the Tech Official of the Year Award was created in 2005, Menn was honored by Richwine as its first recipient.
"I’d personally like to thank him for being a great friend and a top-level official for NTPA," Richwine added. "He will be missed both on and off the track."
Menn additionally retires from the WPI Executive Board, to which he was first appointed in 2018 and elected for a three-year term ending this year.
"Robert was a great contributor to the WPI Executive Board and brought confidence and support to the company during the recent pandemic," remarked Gregg Randall, NTPA's Executive Director. "From his technical experience, he contributed input gained over his years involved as a tech inspector and flagman to make competition and safety better. And from the business side, his personal experiences as an entrepreneur led to solid decisions made in keeping the company on a firm foundation.
"Robert will still be around and supportive to the organization, for which we are grateful. We will miss his input and positive energy that he brought with him to every meeting."
The administration and staff of WPI/NTPA congratulate Robert and thank him for his decades of tireless service to truck and tractor pulling.