Blue Force coast to coast

Two members of tractor enthusiast club Blue Force are celebrating after completing a 5000 mile, 51-day Coastline Tractor Challenge, not previously attempted on tractors. Source: AFDJ eNews

The challenge marks 100 years of blue tractor production in 2017.

The challenge started from New Holland’s Basildon factory on Thursday 13 April in two new T6 tractors supplied by the manufacturer. They returned to the factory on Friday 2nd June.

Blue Force club members have a passion for preserving and running vintage and modern Fordson, Ford and New Holland marque tractors.

Phil Gibson, chairman of Blue Force, and Peter Plehov, club treasurer, have driven a route around the coast of mainland UK & Ireland, stopping at several points on route including Bournemouth, Galway and Edinburgh.

Each tractor towed a shepherd’s hut, built by Phil and Peter.

One hut for sleeping accommodation and the other for fuel, oil and supplies.

The trip was almost entirely funded by donations from Blue Force club members and generous sponsors.

The Coastline Challenge raised funds for two charities, Steps Conductive Education Centre in Loughborough, and Cancer Research UK.