1973 was the second year that awards were made for Most Improved Puller, Puller of the Year, and Promotor of the Year. The Board of Directors came up with a list of 3-4 names for each award and voted by anonymous ballots for each award. The winners’ names were placed in an envelope that was opened and revealed at the State Championship pull where trophies were given out for the class winners and recipients of the awards pullers voted on.
In the December 9th, 1973 annual membership meeting minutes, the topic of the “energy crisis” was brought up. A little history courtesy of Wikipedia states: “The 1973 oil crisis began in October 1973 when the members of the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries proclaimed an oil embargo. … By the end of the embargo in March 1974, the price of oil had risen nearly 400%, from US $3 per barrel to nearly $12 globally; US prices were significantly higher.”
The board had concerns how this energy crisis would effect the 1974 season. According to Henry Walski, the crisis was over by the start of the pulling season and did not have much of an effect on pulling. Henry had an interesting story about his personal experience with the energy crisis while attending a pulling event. “In late summer 1973 we heard about the ‘Indy Super Pull’ organized for February, 1974. My brother-in-law, Toni and I went as spectators that year along with Toni’s brother who was located in Chicago. Toni collected a couple of five gallon cans of gas for us and on the way we went to pick them up and head to Indianapolis. There were only a few stations open on the trip. There were no major problems during the summer of 1974 that I can remember. Earlier that year, there were some closed gas stations, long lines, and gallon limits. There were no purse payout increases to help cover travel expenses that I can remember.”