Tractors coast along for two worthy causes

21st April 2017  |  12:00am

Tractors coast along for two worthy causes

It was at the Southwell Ploughing Match and Show in Nottinghamshire last autumn that Roger Punch, Consultant at Marchand Petit, first met Blue Force Chairman Philip Gibson and Treasurer Peter Plehov.

These two intrepid men had had an unusual idea.  They had been planning a road trip with a difference to take place in 2017, which would take them around the coastline of England, Wales, Scotland and even part of Ireland.

The aim of this grand scale tour was two fold; first it was the once-in-a-lifetime chance to celebrate 100 years of tractor production started by Henry Ford and encompassing Fordson, Ford and New Holland machines built in Cork, Dagenham and now Basildon and secondly to raise money for registered charity STEPS, a children care centre and Cancer Research UK.

So, Phil and Peter set off from the New Holland Basildon factory in Essex, on 13th April, on two brand new T6 tractors kindly loaned by the manufacturer.  One towing a home-built Shepherd’s Hut to serve as their accommodation and the other trailer carrying fuel, oil and general supplies.

Phil commented: “This escapade would not have been remotely possible without the help of many sponsors.  New Holland of course for loaning the tractors and other firms who have contributed so generously in a variety of different ways. From places to park up along our route around the UK and Irish coastlines, fuel, oil, tyres and even ferry crossings.”

Peter added: “The journey will take up to six weeks with a planned arrival back in Basildon on 2nd June.”

“Talking a clockwise tour around the country, travelling at 32mph where roads allow, meant that the duo would arrive in the South Hams over Easter and as Marchand Petit are dedicated to supporting the community, this was one inventive fund raiser we wanted to sponsor.  Especially as their route would take them through all the towns and villages where we have sales and residential letting offices,” concluded Roger Punch. 

Many turned out to greet and meet the intrepid drivers, admire the tractors and some even climbed aboard and rode shot gun, as the impressive spectacle successfully completed another leg of their Coastline Tractor Challenge.

For further information please contact Marchand Petit’s Newton Ferrers office on 01752 873311.