What is RC Truck Pulling and RC Tractor PullingRC truck or tractor pulling, also known as micropulling or RC power-pulling, is a competition where highly modified RC vehicles compete to see which RC can pull a specified weight (on a specially constructed trailer called a sled) the furthest distance down a track.
If you’re not familiar with truck or tractor pulling or not sure how it might translate to the RC world, watch these videos which showcase what RC truck and tractor pulling is all about. These first two videos are from the NR/CTPA (The National Radio Control Truck Pulling Association) World Championship in Holiday City, OH in 2009.
- NR/CTPA 2009 #1
- NR/CTPA 2009 #2
- NR/CTPA Xpres (YouTubeChannel)
- Weed Wacker Motor RC Truck and Tractor Pulling (several videos)
- RC Truck Pulling (rccaraction.com and nrctpa.org)
- RC truck pulling 2
- RC tractor pulling
- RC tractor pulling 2004 micro pulling
- RC tractor pulling 2
RC Truck and Tractor Pulling Associations or GroupsOf course I started daydreaming about setting up my own competitions for me and my friends. Making the pulling straight away wouldn't be that hard. I just have to make the lane a certain width and a certain length. But for the real thing there are certain rules you would have to follow to make it as authentic as the official RC competitions. The National Radio Control Truck Pulling Association has a set of rules for download on their site in PDF format. Other groups also provide information for those wanting to get into this sport.
- The National Radio Control Truck Pulling Association
- Scale Tractor Pulling Association
- County Line RC Pullers Club
- WWPA (Weed Wacker Pulling Association)
- Borderline RC Pulling and Monster Truck Racing
- Radio Controlled Pullers Of Central New York
RCs for Truck and Tractor PullingSetting up the pulling area is only part of the process though. You need parts or whole vehicle kits. Both nitro and electric and even turbine jets can be used. The engine specs (electric, nitro, kerosene-powered tubine jets, etc.) are all set up in categories for you to follow in the rule book that you can download from the NRCTPA's website. You can start with a stock vehicle or build from scratch, but RCs used in micropulling have a lot of modifications and are built to be strong and powerful. You need a strong chassis, lots of horsepower, and parts that aren't going to snap under heavy stress.
- Hooters Chassis
- Outlaw Hobby Your RC pulling Super Store
- Termyte Pulling Chassis (email contact linked only)
NR/CTPA has such a nice ring to it — a dream come true...for me anyway. Yeah, yeah call me a redneck if you want. I don't mind. If you have anything you want to discuss regarding RC truck and tractor pulling please post it in the forum. Or, if you have any pics of your truck or tractor pulling beasties I would like to see them. Maybe we can hold an online picture competition to see who has the meanest ride. I promise I will be fair or we could all just vote on it in the polls. Posting your setups is also welcome.
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