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Morris Lubricants Helps Out with the Bear Essentials

It started with a rear axle unit salvaged from a damaged tractor in Cornwall. Gradually all of the other components were sourced – a cab here and a bonnet there – and The Bear Essentials tractor pulling team was born.

Eighteen years on and the team now has three competitive machines – the biggest of which boasts an impressive 1,800 horsepower.

Baby Bear

Baby Bear

The goal of tractor pulling is simple. Take one skilfully modified tractor and try to drag increasingly heavy trailers as far as possible. The aim of the game is to successfully drag the sled the full distance of the track.

It’s a challenge that the six-strong Bear Essentials team, based in Shrewsbury, takes very seriously, covering almost 20,000km each year to compete in both the British Championships and the Eurocup Series.

To get over the line, every inch of the tractor has to perform to its maximum, a feat made possible by Morris Lubricants.

The Shrewsbury oil blender has been backing The Bear Essentials team for a number of years by supplying the oils and lubricants to keep the cogs turning.

“The link-up with Morris Lubricants is key to the team,” said Bear Essentials team manager Andy Miller.

“The main product that we use is the 20/50 Ring Free diesel engine oil. We carried out tests to compare Morris oils with other racing products by some of the bigger names in the business and it came out very favourably.

“Coupled with the fact that we use production bearings and crankshafts as well as standard clearances, we think it does a really good job.

“Morris Lubricants has helped us grow and improve as a team to compete at the very top of the British Championships.”

The Bear Essentials pulling team consists of three tractors – Ice Bear, Baby Bear and the latest addition, Tiny Bear.

It has been another successful season for the team, finishing second in the British Championship with Baby Bear and third with Ice Bear. Unfortunately the team suffered major problems with Ice Bear ahead of the European Championships in Bouconville, France, at the end of August but the team finished a respectable seventh and tenth out of the top 20 in Europe competing in the Pro Stock Euro Cup Series this season.

Craig Bastable, Morris Lubricants’ marketing manager, said: “It is incredible to see the sheer power of these mighty machines, a real achievement of human endeavour.

“This is another example of how well our products perform when put to the ultimate test.

“We’re really pleased to help and support a team which is right on our doorstep geographically, and also competing at the very top of its sport.”

Bear Essential’s original tractor, Ice Bear, is still the top performer and is based on the Valmet 8750. It has an 8.3L AGCO Power (Sisu) diesel engine and wheel spin of up to 90kmh. Ice Bear is driven by experienced tractor puller and team founder Mike Simmons, who has been crowned UK Pro Stock Champion five times as well as a third at the European Championships at Great Eccleston in 1998.

The Baby Bear, meanwhile, which is based on a Valtra T190, runs off the same engine and has wheel spin of up to 80kmh. She is driven by Gareth Jones and was British champion in 2007.

Tiny Bear was bought three seasons ago and is essentially a modified lawnmower and weighs in at just 350kg. She is driven by Gareth’s son Nathan.

The Bear Essentials team can also be found at static shows across Europe throughout the year.

Morris Lubricants is a British company that has been manufacturing lubricants in Shrewsbury since 1869. Over 140 years of development has seen the company grow to become one of Europe's leading oil blenders and marketers, with a reputation for quality and service.

The company offers an extensive range of performance lubricants covering a wide variety of application areas, including many that are specifically designed for motorsport.

This is backed by the highest level of quality control and technical support, together with an experienced customer service team.

Morris Lubricants

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