Georgian Bay Steam 
and Antique Association


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OTTPA - Rules & Regulations

No person or group of persons have the authority to override the Rule Book to allow an illegal vehicle to pull in any class under any circumstances.

Event Procedures and Requirements:

1.      All pulls sanctioned by O.T.T.P.A. using O.T.T.P.A.’s name, rules, point system, etc. must purchase O.T.T.P.A.’s insurance. Insurance must be paid on or before April 1st of that year to be a points pull. When event dates conflict the longest established event has precedence in class selection, on its traditional date.

2.      The classes listed in the rulebook are the only classes sanctioned by O.T.T.P.A. Special permission must be obtained from O.T.T.P.A. for any additional classes or variations in classes.

3.      No pulls will be added as a points pull after the schedules are printed.

4.      The Promoter is responsible for arranging for the grounds and all needed equipment for running the pull. Equipment needed for the pull includes a sled (pull back tractor if not self propelled sled), tractor with track grading blade, packer, water truck, scales, tow vehicles, sound system, lights (if a night pull), seating and fencing for crowd control and lime and limer for marking track boundary.

5.      It is recommended that a first year pull have a minimum 10% of sanctioned classes, second year have a minimum of 25% and third year and proceeding years have 50% sanctioned classes. Non-Circuit 4x4 Trucks and Non-Circuit Tractors are not sanctioned classes. All final decisions will be left to the discretion of the O.T.T.P.A. Executive.

Track & Pull Offs:

1.      The minimum width of the track must be 30 feet (preferably 35 feet).

2.      The pulling track length 300 feet. A staging area for the sled (and pull back tractor) plus a safety run off area of 1/3 of the length of the pulling track is required (approx. 420 to 450 feet).

3.      A minimum of three 20 lb. fire extinguishers compatible to the fuels used must be readily available at the track area.

4.      No one is allowed on the track except the contestant and persons needed to operate the pull.

5.      All spectators must be a minimum of 15 feet back from the edge of the track.

6.      The pulling track must be maintained and packed with an adequate amount of moisture in the track to control dust. Water is not to be added during the pull without the approval of the Track Official.

7.      Riders are not allowed in the pull back tractor, track maintaining equipment or tow vehicles.

8.      A pull off line will be established by the Chief Track Official if deemed necessary. The pull off line will be set after the first official hook at either 300 feet or 320 feet. White disqualification line(s) will be 320 feet for the entire contest. Any test puller that pulls past 325 feet will automatically cause a weight transfer reset.

9.      In a pull off each puller will hook in the order that they pulled in the original class line up. No dropping of positions is allowed in a pull off.

10.      If the Track Official believes that an error has occurred in the sled setting the pull off may be restarted. In this case the first puller may come back first or drop to last pulling position.

11.      In a pull off a floating finish will be used for all competitors.

Weigh In/Registration:

1.      A pulling vehicle may be entered in a maximum of two classes but only once in each class during a O.T.T.P.A. sanctioned pull.

2.      No mixing of classes.

3.      Drivers must be at least 16 years of age. If under 18 years of age, driver must have parent’s written consent.

4.      All pull positions must be drawn not assigned. This process must be done for each class.

5.      Classes in a given event will be run in that event but not necessarily in the posted scheduled order.

6.      Entries cannot be added once a class has started.

7.      All drivers must be members of C.T.T.P.A. Memberships will be sold at the pull or by contacting the O.T.T.P.A. Secretary.

8.      The universal numbering system for each class is as follows: the first digits in the number are the upper limit of the weight class and the last digits signify the order of pull. For example, number 9501 – 9500 is the weight class and the number 1 signifies the first puller.

9.      All pulling vehicles must be weighed prior to or immediately following competition with the driver seated on or in the pulling vehicle. The maximum weight per class includes both the pulling vehicle and the driver.

10.  All pulling vehicles must be in a staging area when weighed and not return to the pit area.


1.      The total number of vehicles in a class will determine the number of points awarded. The first place vehicle receives points equal to the number of vehicles in the class. (Minimum points awarded for first place will be 10 points.) Each subsequent placing vehicle will then be awarded one less point. These points are to be calculated by the Secretary of O.O.T.P.A. Points to go to the pulling vehicle not the driver. It is the responsibility of the puller to register the vehicle under the owner’s name.

2.      Any vehicle that hooks up to the sled and makes a measurable pull (one inch or greater) will receive points for that class.

3.      Tie breakers for year end points will be the highest number of wins, seconds or thirds.

4.      Points are added to determine the year end points champion. Year end points champion trophies and plaques are awarded at the annual banquet. A class must be held at three different events to be awarded plaques.

Track Officials:

1.      The Chief Track Official (or his appointee) and one assistant will be in attendance at every O.O.T.P.A. sanctioned pull. He will have the authority to enforce all rules and to inspect any pulling vehicle at his discretion and convenience.

2.      The decision of the Track Official is final and shall not be appealable. This does not prevent the Track Official from reconsidering any decision at no liability to himself. Track Officials operate with the full support of the O.T.T.P.A. Executive and the Association membership.

3.      The Track Official's duties include instructing the flagmen and the two people hooking and unhooking the vehicle to the sled as to their duties. Safe procedures are of prime importance.

Pullers’ Procedures:

1.      No pulling vehicles are to be left running while unattended by the operator.

2.      No riders are allowed in or on pulling vehicles while pulling or in the track area.

3.      A puller may have the sled spotted on the starting line wherever he desires. The puller must notify the pull back tractor or sled operator in sufficient time to have the sled spotted before the sled returns to the starting line from the previous pull. If the preceding puller moves the sled a measurable amount, the next puller may have the sled relocated prior to his first attempt.

4.      The first contestant of each class will be the test puller and at the completion of his or her pull may elect to pull again in 3rd or last position. If a driver elects to do this, their first pull will not be counted. All decision on repulls must be made before the pulling vehicle is unhooked from the sled. There will be no test pulls in pull-offs.

5.      The contestant must pull at position drawn within 3 minutes of the time the sled is ready. If a puller has a mechanical problem he must drop to the last position. (Rule called by the Track Official.) The contestant must notify the Track Official of the mechanical problem before his scheduled hook.

6.      The person competing must drive the pulling vehicle onto the track and off. All vehicles should leave the track under their own power, unless broken.

7.      Drivers of pulling vehicles without an enclosed cab are encouraged to wear a CSA approved helmet.

8.      Drivers must remain seated at all times during their pull.

9.      All vehicles must be in neutral or park (transmission selector) while being hitched and unhitched. The driver must raise both hands while hooking and unhooking.

10.  All pulls shall operate with 2 flagmen on the left-hand side of the track. The starting flagman will be responsible for the readiness of the track, pulling machine and contestant. The second flagman will be responsible for the balance of the course under guidance of the Track Official.

11.  All pulls must be started from a tight chain and then the raising of two green flags by the flagmen.

12.  Pulling vehicles must stop immediately upon signal from the flagman. The signal will be the raising of a red flag by the flagman located alongside the edge of the track on the left-hand side of the pulling vehicle. The pull will be considered over when the forward motion of the sled stops.

13.  Each contestant will be allowed two attempts to make a measurable pull. An attempt is defined as moving the sled a measurable distance (one inch or farther). If the driver lets off on the throttle before going 100 feet on the first attempt, a second attempt will be granted, even if the vehicle rolls beyond the 100-foot mark. If no attempt is made to back off the throttle a second attempt will not be granted with the exception of pull-offs.

14.  There will be no floating finishes unless as a last resort in a pull-off at the discretion of the Track Official. In the event of a floating finish, the competitors must be notified before the pull-off begins.


1.      All vehicles are subject to an inspection. Refusal of an inspection bars the vehicle from pulling until inspected.

2.      All pulling vehicles must have working brakes.

3.      Hitch point must be visible and clear for sled hook up.

4.      The hitch must be rigid in all directions and solidly mounted to the vehicle frame. All measurements are taken from the ground to the top of the hitching device.

5.      "D" Hitching Device: The diameter of the square or oval hole is a minimum of 3 inches at the longest measuring point of the hole. From the rear point of the hole to the rear point of the hitching device is a maximum of 1½ inch. In all pulling vehicles over 9000 lb. if the D hitch is bolted it must be fastened with two bolts. Bolts are to be grade 8 or better, size 1 inch primary (rear), ¾ inch secondary (front).

6.      Tractors using a hammer strap hitch must use an adapter plate (double hitch). The sled hook must be in a vertical position to be able to pull.

7.      All weights must be securely fastened on brackets and NOT in the cab or on the platform (no chains). The weights must not obscure the forward or rear vision of the driver.

8.      The introduction of any secondary pressurized fuels and/or gases is not allowed to the engine.

9.      No fuel in the cab.

10.      It is recommended that all circuit pulling vehicles have runaway protection. In 2009 all vehicles pulling in a circuit class must have a runaway protection system. Vehicles that are mechanically or electrically limited to 2700 RPM's are exempted. Ignition type engines must use an electrical ignition kill switch. Diesel engines must use an air shutoff system. Runaway protection hook ring must be located in the centre rear of the vehicle, above the point of hitch. The hook ring must be a minimum of two inches in diameter.

Causes of Disqualification:

1.      Pull vehicle is not operated in a safe manner at all times while on the grounds.

2.      Consumption of alcoholic beverages prior to pulling. No alcoholic beverages in the track area.

3.      Out of bounds - This is described as any part of the pulling vehicle touching the white boundary line.

4.      Loss of ballast or equipment under the green flag (exception of belts).

5.      If a Track Official refers a complaint of unsportsmanlike conduct (profane language or threatening behaviour, etc.) to the O.T.T.P.A. Executive and the puller(s) and/or pit crew is found to be in fault, then all accumulated points will be forfeited and he/she will be suspended for the rest of the pulling season.

6.      Any contestant may protest another puller’s vehicle or the puller by depositing $100 with the President or Track Official of the O.T.T.P.A. by the end of the class (deposit must be received before protest is investigated). If the puller’s vehicle or puller in question is legal the deposit is forfeited to the puller questioned; if illegal, the protester will get the deposit back. All protests must be made in writing and submitted and signed with five (5) minutes of the completion of the class being protested. The protest must clearly define three items - Who is being protested, what is the subject of the protest (limited to one item per protest) and who is the protester.

7.      Excessive loss of liquid by a pulling vehicle while under the green flag during a contest on the track unless due to internal breakage. Excessive is defined as a steady or intermittent stream discharge on the track or a spot (puddle) on the track to be determined by the Track Official.

8.      Vehicles or pullers disqualification by rules #1, 2, 5, 6, 8 or 9 will not receive points. Vehicles or pullers disqualification #3, 4 or 7 will receive last place points. In a pull-off the vehicle will drop to last place points in the pull-off.

Rule Violations:

1.      Any first time violations will result in disqualification from that event.

2.      A second time violation for the same infraction will result in a season long suspension. Exceptions to this rule are crossing boundary lines, loss of ballast, equipment or liquid.


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