Calgary – Just call him Stan the man. Calgary’s Stan Veer is feeling pretty good after Sunday night’s Vintage Tractor Pull heavyweight (Class 5) win at the Nutrien Western Event Centre, especially considering he pulled off the rare feat of a full pull – 200 feet – in front of his hometown crowd. Veer also won last year in the same weight class. The retired farmer even used the same tractor as last year, his “old reliable” 1959 John Deere 830 Electric.
“It feels really good, I got lucky,” he said after the win. “I’m almost embarrassed; the competition might stop coming. It feels pretty good to get first, even if it’s not as pretty as the rest.” While many consider the Vintage Tractor Pull competition a show, Veers said it’s actually very competitive - but having the crowd cheer the competitors on makes everything better.
“That was wonderful with the crowd tonight. Sometimes we don’t have much of a crowd and it’s not nearly the same and not nearly as much fun.” In particular, he loved the dueling pianos that accompany each tractor pull.
“They did a bunch of stuff right here tonight. It’s encouraging.”
Driving machines manufactured in 1960 or earlier, the 28 competitors in the Calgary Stampede Vintage Tractor Pull drew upon their considerable skills to demonstrate the weighted-sled-pulling power of their restored vehicles. Aggregate scores over two pulls held over two days determined the winners in the six weight classes at the invitational event. Veer almost had a full pull on Saturday as well, but stopped short about six feet of the 200-foot milestone.
“I had such a good pull. I actually stopped, I could have gone another six feet,” he explained. While Veer won two years in a row now with his 1959 John Deere 830 Electric, he has nine tractors to choose from when competing. “Too many, if you ask my wife,” Veer replied when asked about how many tractors he owns.
For someone who hasn’t won the Calgary Stampede Vintage Tractor Pull competition before last year, and then winning twice in a row, things are looking pretty good for Veer after 16 years of competition.
“Won quite a few times but not in Calgary – I’ve been a bridesmaid lots of times.”
For the full results from the Vintage Tractor Pull, visit ag.calgarystampede.com/results.
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