I spoke with Thad Starr yesterday about some of the traits of his plant that grew the 1775 last year and the 1775 he is growing this year. Other than maybe my baby pumpkin being just a hair fatter than his last year (time will tell on that one because my female flower is so young) all the rest of the traits were exactly the same as his (which is a good thing).
Not only was that 1725 selfed but it was a special pumpkin. I know the gentics in its line were of royal linage and that pumpkin had the potential to possibly even getter bigger than it did. That isn't a knock on its growers, because I think a grower with a more jacked up soil probably would have blown up that pumpkin. By selfing it they seem to have preserved the rock star genetics that it had which might have been lost by crossing it with a lesser pumpkin. The year after Kristy grew her world record they were kind enough to give me their 1236 Harp seed which was a cross of the 998 Pukos with the world record plant. Some nice pumpkins have been grown from the 1236 but nothing close to the giants grown from the 1725 seed. The 998 didn't seem to add to the great genetics of the 1725.
My hope is that by Thad selfing his 1725 plant that grew his massive 1775 he has further refined and made more consistent the genetics in the seed. Thad's pumpkin looked more like Kristy's pumpkin than any other one that I have seen. The coloring and shape were almost identical. Ron's world record pumpkin grown from the 1725 seed looked very little like Kristy's. Joe's big pumpkin grown off the 1725 didn't look a lot like Kristy's either, although maybe more than Ron's. Thad's was more of a mirror image and I'm hoping that means those original genetics have been passed on to my plant. So far I've had very few complaints about this plant. Here's to hoping it grows like Thads!