College team beats nine- minute tractor rebuild challenge

Students at Wiltshire College performed a quickfire display at the Royal Bath & West Showground as they warmed up for their tractor rebuilding races at next month’s World Tractor Show.

The first year learners, studying a level three diploma in land-based technology, took part in the two-day Somerset Vintage & Classic Tractor Show and managed to rebuild a tractor and get it running in eight minutes 45 seconds.

The team stripped and rebuilt a Bicton College tractor four times and as a feature of the show they also received a donation of £200 from the organisers for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

John Dixon, lecturer in agricultural engineering, said: “It was a fast time — anything under nine minutes is quick to rebuild a tractor and get it running again.”

Main pic: from left, Shaun Welling, Ben Campbell, both aged 18, Harry Hellard, 16, Henry OÕBrien, 17, and Bailey Thomas, 19, with lecturer in agricultural engineering, John Dixon