3 May 1996

New format and £1000 prize…

NEXT week the search is on to find Britains top tractor driver. And it could be you.

The event, which this year offers a £1000 top prize, follows a slightly different format for 1996. Operators who qualify for the semi-finals at this years Royal Show will be tested on a compulsory three events, rather than the previous system of three from four.

There the difference stops. The judges will still be looking for a high level of practical skills and will be paying particular attention to efficiency, management and safety.

Two routes to top

As is now customary, there will be two initial entry routes. The first is a practical test 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: Deborah Dan at the RASE 01203-696969).

Alternatively, there is the "theoretical route" through which competitors can enter using the forms to appear in farmers weekly over the next three weeks (issues May 10, 17 and 24). Please note the final posting date for entries is May 31. 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 forward to the grand final on Aug 13 at the Silsoe Research Institute, Wrest Park. The competition is open to all tractor drivers (16 years and over), employed or self-employed.