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John O'Groats to Lands End Landshuttle record in JCB 3CX (1989)

Digger Blogger | 19:03, Fri May 20 2011

I was at another backhoe loader manufacturer’s event last year, when there was much talk of making an attempt on the John O’Groats to Lands End record, sadly on that occasion it never came to fruition, but it got me thinking about this event that took place in 1989.

The JCB 3CX Sitemaster, 3CX serial no 345377 was delivered to H.E. Services on 24th February 1989 ready for adaption, it was destined to find its' way to John O'Groats in April of that year prepared for the drive down to Lands End.

On 14th April 1989, the machine, now known as The Landshuttle, driven by Hugh Edeleanu, set off for Lands End, where it arrived 34 hours and 15 minutes later, on the 16th April, after setting a world record for the fastest journey by a mechanical excavator.

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It was a fantastic piece of PR work, raising the profile of both the manufacturer and plant hire company. 

Thanks to our friends at H.E. Services, for up-loading this video on to their You Tube account and for giving me the opportunity to share it with the Digger Blog readers.

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