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Richard Hammond test-drives JCB machines

Richard Hammond

TV celebrity gets behind the controls of a 220X excavator and a Fastrac 8000-Series tractor

LAST week, TV celebrity Richard Hammond got behind the controls of two JCB machines for the construction and agricultural industries and put them through their paces.

The Grand Tour presenter visited JCB’s World Headquarters at Rocester in Staffordshire, and JCB Heavy Products in Uttoxeter, where he put the innovative machines through their paces.

First he took the controls of the brand new 20-tonne 220X tracked excavator, which was launched earlier this year following a £110 million development programme and will be on display at this week’s Hillhead 2018 show, from 26–28 June.

Next for a test drive was the high-speed JCB Fastrac 8000-Series tractor, which can reach speeds of 70km/h.

Richard Hammond said: ‘It’s great to be here at JCB where the machines are so tough that I think even I will struggle to break anything. JCB is an iconic brand and when you think of engineering excellence, boldness and innovation, these big yellow machines are right up there with the best.’

JCB’s worldwide marketing director, Michael Plummer, said: ‘Richard has driven many vehicles over the years and we are delighted that JCB’s machines have been put through their paces by such a well-respected authority in the motoring world.’

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