The Competition in 2017 was held at the inpressive training school at Kubota HQ at Thame in Oxfordshire, who were wonderful hosts and a great day our was enjoyed by all who attended. This year 8 teams entered including an enthusiastic contingent from Institute of Technology, Tralee who were originally booked to travel by air, but because the connections did not work out travelled overnight by mini-bus driven by lecturer Chris O’Donoghue from Co Kerry in the south-west of Ireland to Oxfordshire, returning overnight after the competition ended.
Their effort was well-rewarded with the IT Tralee Team 2 of Tim Corridon, Gareth Durkin and Mark Duffy emerging as overall winners, beating the Notorious ENG team of Scott Parodi and Daniel Sheppard from Easton & Otley College who were second, and the Norfolk Ford team of Lewis Eves and Ryan Doggett, also from Easton & Otley in third place. Other competitors were from John Deere/ProvQ, the JCB Academy, Scottish Rural University College (SRUC) and Plumpton College.
The competition is open to all UK training and education providers and involves creating a remote or radio controlled vehicle. Teams are given a set of standard wheels, a battery and maximum dimensions and the challenge is to produce the top performance vehicle of the competition. The vehicle that powers its way to the highest point up a curved ramp is the Peter Leech an IAgrE Past President and member of the judging panel said,“We had a brilliant day. Kubota were fantastic hosts The event is sponsored by Autoguide Equipment and Bosch Rexroth withThe Douglas Bomford Trust sponsoring the kits. Cash prizes were awarded to the winning teams by IAgrE plus power tools by Simon Griffin from sponsors Rexroth Bosch Group.