Triumph of "Skippy's Dream" at New Haven Tractor Pull-The fairy tale story continues

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Pictured to right:  Randy Klenke right after pulling into first place.
Two Fridays ago, I was covering the tractor pull at the Franklin County Fair in Union, Mo.  A friend of mine stopped me just as I was leaving to tell me about Dustin Franke and his late father’s tractor, “Skippy’s Dream”.  At this past Saturday’s tractor pull in New Haven, I happened to be at the end of the track, not knowing that at that very moment “Skippy’s Dream” was pulling in the 1305 open class.  As I stood there taking pictures of the Pro Stock tractors, I began to hear loud cheers from fans and as I turned to my right, saw a sea of yellow t-shirts, and it was then that I realized why the loud cheers.

Prictured to right:  Dustin Franke and family

The bright yellow G1000 Minnie with “Skippy’s Dream” painted on the side of the tractor explained the loud cheers.  Randy Klenke had just pulled “Skippy’s Dream” into first place. The three years spent rebuilding the tractor Franke’s dad "Skip" had purchased before passing away, had paid off.  The smile on Klenke’s face was something words cannot describe.  It was as if I was watching a fairy tale story begin to unfold right before my eyes.  As the tractor pulled off the track, there sat Franke sporting the bright yellow t-shirt and Klenke looking directly at him giving a big thumbs up.

The chances of me being at that exact spot on the track at that exact time to see Franke’s tractor are astronomical.  Two weeks in a row I just happened to be in the right place at the right time.  Maybe it is just a coincidence, but I find irony in the situation, or maybe divine intervention.

I walked over to Franke to give him a big pat on the back and congratulate him.  People stood all around Franke giving high-fives and family members hugged each other; while off to the side stood Klenke still smiling from ear to ear.  The next thing I knew Franke’s mother, Denise Franke, was giving me a big hug as if I were part of the family.  It was then I realized that “Skippy's Dream” was much, much more than just a tractor, but a symbol of determination, accomplishment, the memory of the late Robert “Skip” Franke, and an example of what one person’s strength and perseverance is able to accomplish.  I am referring to Dustin, who is more than an inspiration to us all, but rather a real life example of how someone can do anything they put their heart and soul into.

Franke’s story is one most people would think could only happen in a movie, but I am here to tell you this is a real life story; however, the ending has yet to be written.  The final chapter will be titled “Franke’s Dream”.  This chapter will be written the day Franke himself is on that old yellow G1000 Minnie and pulling “Skippy’s Dream” down the track.  Before this final chapter is written, hand controls are needed so Franke is able to control the throttle and break.  Unfortunately, something of this nature comes with a hefty price tag.

After I wrote the first article about Franke, I was swarmed with emails and Facebook messages from people wanting to help make Franke’s Dream come true.  In response to the overwhelming requests, I have set up a bank account for those wanting to help write the final chapter in this real life story.  Franke has never asked me to do this.  In fact the first time we spoke Franke said, “one day after I am able to save up money I will buy those hand controls.” 

Below is information on how you can be a part this final chapter, “Franke’s Dream”.  Click here to read about Dustin's story that I wrote last week.

Donations may be mailed to: People’s Savings Bank c/o Dustin Franke Benefit Account P.O. Box 78, New Haven, Missouri 63068.

Make checks payable to Kyle Quick.
This is due to bank policy in order to set up the account as quickly as possible.  All donations will be presented to Dustin in one check.

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Thank You

Amazing!!!!!! U know just all the perfect words to use in all. My dad was an amazing man and randys very best friend! That night at new haven when he pulled in first I felt the love of my own dad again which I never thought I'd feel again! Just so thankful you can put into words for others to see how amazing Dustin an my mom really are!!!! Thanks again!