Rodrigo Terpins: Bull Sertoes Rally Team

Rodrigo Terpins is a rider and member of the Bull Sertoes Rally Team. Here, he races the category T1 prototypes. He received 7th place in the Sertoes Rally 22nd edition race. Rallying is not his only sport and way of life. He is also a Brazilian businessman with years of experience in the retail industry. Rodrigo is a founder of the Brazilian Textile Retail Association (ABEIM-ABVTEX), is a member of Marisa stores Control Block (S/A), and is a partner of an environmental reforestation business, Floresvale.


Rodrigo Terpins accrues many victories in the rally championship in Brazil. Michel Terpins, brother to Rodrigo Terpins, is the current front-runner in the Brazilian Cross Country Rally Championship. Both brothers have a true passion for racing and speed. Their interest led them to form the Bull Sertoes Rally Team. Both of the riders have raced on board the T-Rex for four consecutive seasons.


On a Thursday in August, 2017, the duo faced 438.86km in a Rally Special. In the 5th stage, they went from Barra do Garcas to Coxim. This upcoming year, the race will take place in the states of Mato Grosso, Goias, and Mato Grosso do Sul. The unmatched arrival will be in Bonito on the 26th.


In June 2017, the Sertoes Rally was noticeable by competitors who got to the top 5 in the competition. The Bull Sertoes Rally Team made the cut. Rodrigo Terpins car, #326, showed very ambitious and hopeful results. Among the 38 competitors, Rodrigo and Fabricio Bianchini, received 8th place in the rally. The Bull Sertoes Rally team is sponsored by Bull Sertoes and MEM, Terpins & Cintra Advagados, Ohlins, Motul, Eventos, and Xarla. You can visit Terra to see more.


Rodrigo Terpins has a lot of racing skill to his name. More information about Rodrigo and/or the team can be found at,,, or @bullsertoesrallyteam Facebook page. Rodrigo can also be found on common social networks such as: Tumblr, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

Trabuco – Ancient War Machine

The Middle Ages was a time of extreme violence. Man had to be prepared to protect himself from his enemies as well as raid and fight in territories belonging to his enemies. Once such weapon was the Trabuco, aka Balanced Trabuco. The Trabuco engine had a swinging arm that could catapult large boulders into enemy territory. Its intent was twofold: to launch stones over walls and damage enemy masonry surrounding their properties to allow warriors entry.

According to considered a compound machine, the Trabuco consisted of a large arm mounted on a base. It required mechanical action for the lever to swing and throw its projectile. Materials available to use at that point in history included wood, rope, leather, metal and reinforced steel. Manpower was required to swing the arm. It was a development of the sling or catapult made large enough to hold boulders, if necessary. Trabucos measured 30 meters in length, or approximately 98 feet. They were not small or lightweight. Warriors of that time had to be strong just to load and use them.

A Trabuco was very powerful. It could throw up to 140 kilograms (308 pounds) at an extremely high speed up to 800 meters (874 yards) or more. Recorded history tells us that the Trabuco was unmatched by any other ancient weapon. It was the first weapon used for biological warfare by the Chinese to launch diseased dead bodies into enemy territories in the 4th century. Brazilians used it in the 6th century. Towards the end of the 12th century, it was being used by both the Muslims and Christians. Later it was redesigned and renamed the Balancing Trabuco.

History has recorded the use of the Trabuco in eastern Europe by the 800s and further, to England, by the 1200s. It was used as a weapon of mass destruction in many European wars. With the invention of gunpowder in the 14th century, cannons took the place of the Trabuco. However, there is evidence it was still being used in battle during the 15th century on