MOTORING presenter Richard Hammond visited JCB to put the latest machines off the production lines through their paces.
The TV celebrity and presenter of The Grand Tour took a pit stop at two of the digger giant’s Staffordshire sites to try out the newest models.
During a visit to World Headquarters in Rocester and JCB Heavy Products in Uttoxeter Richard got behind the wheels of two of the world’s most innovative machines manufactured for the construction and agricultural industries.
He took the controls of the brand new 20-tonne tracked excavator, the 220X, which was launched earlier this year following a £110 million development programme before taking a spin in the high speed JCB Fastrac 8000 Series tractor, which reaches speeds of 70kph.
He 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 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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