Although not a charter member of EDGETA, he was vital in revitalizing Antique Pullers. He has served as club president and volunteers to serve as emcee at other local clubs. Gene lives 50 miles from the meeting place by rarely misses a monthly meeting.
Gene Carr could easily be described as an adventurer in his early years. He completed college as an engineer, married, raised a famiy and worked. He worked around the world including Saudi Arabia. He moved from Melbourne, Florida to Melbourne, Arkansas and after that he reconnected with tractors. Gene purchased an Oliver and restored it. He took it to a local show and one of the club members talked him into entering the tractor pull. He did well that day so began his tractor pulling journey.
Several good things could be said about Gene Carr, and deservingy so, but we would like EDGETA to consider honoring him with this award because he is still pulling and promoting pulling after all this time. His knowledge and passion for this event is obvious. You will find that he is known by most at our local pulls and his friendship is treasured by all.
Several years ago, he and his partners, calling themselves Tough Sleddin’ Team, built a pull sled called “Rock Crusher”. It was very competitive. He put on pulls with his sled all over the mid-south. Gene Carr is known to many as the “Granddaddy of Tractor Pulling”. Although Gene no longer owns “Rock Crusher”, his creation is still in existence today in Missouri and still promoting the sport of tractor pulling.
Gene is interested in collectig, restoring, preserving and exhibiting tractors spanning many years and is still active today. Over the years, he has owned a side variety of tractors including Ford, Hart-Parr, Oliver 60, 10-20 McCormick-Deering and his current pulling tractor, a 1948 Oliver 70.