5 May 1995

Search on for Tractor

Driver 95

NEXT week the search begins to find Britains top tractor driver.

The event follows the format which was first implemented in 1993. Operators who qualify for the semi-finals at the Royal Show will be tested on four different tractors, and they will be operating a machine from the "big four" makers: Case IH, John Deere, New Holland Ford and Massey Ferguson.

As always, the judges will be looking for a high level of practical skills. But they will also be checking that the driver can get the most from the machine, paying particular attention to efficiency, management and safety.

As usual there will be two entry routes: Practical tests at regional shows and at Young Farmers club rallies with entry on the day. Machinery clubs can also hold elimination rounds and put forward the names of their representatives (Contact Liz Dix at the RASE 01203-696969).

Alternatively, there is the "theoretical route", through which competitors can enter using the forms soon to appear in farmers weekly over the next three weeks (issues May 12, 19, and 26). Please note the final posting date for entries is June 2. The questions are designed to test entrants, but they will not be tough.

From both routes a total of 100 entrants will be selected to compete in the semi-finals at the Royal Show, for which a free ticket will be supplied.

Finalists will be selected to go on to the grand final on Aug 15 at the Silsoe Research Institute, Wrest Park. The competition is open to all tractor drivers (16 years and over), employed or self-employed. The winner receives a cheque for £750.

Tractor Driver 95 is organised by the Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE), Silsoe Research Institute and farmers weekly in association with leading tractor makers.