Eight Cornishmen took part in the Cornwall Three Way – a challenge to complete a 300 mile journey with their vintage tractors – and raised £12,000 for charity.
When Edward Buckland first thought up the idea he invited friends Martin Dyer and John Perry to join him. However, word quickly spread and several others joined them on their journey. Stephen Buckland, Will Curtis, Luke Wallis and Kevin Bennett drove tractors while Dave Sawyer joined with the recovery lorry.
The group of eight set off from Land’s End to start their three day trip around the county. “Some of these people didn’t know each other well.” Edward said. “But they behaved like family, a proper bit of teamwork.”
“Everyone had responsibility for navigating their own leg of the journey. Kevin, who’s had years of experience delivering diesel all over the county, took us to some places we’d never heard of. We saw some absolutely stunning parts of Cornwall.”
Disaster struck when Kevin Bennett’s tractor broke down on the first day. While the rest of the team carried on, Kevin and his team of fitters worked to fix his tractor. Fortunately, he got the vehicle working again and managed to catch up.
On their second night, the group stopped at the Napoleon Inn in Bostcastle, where they met with singing group the Bostcastle Buoys. Supporters joined them, keeping the pub packed past midnight.
The group finished their journey back where they started in Land’s End. Edward said: “It went better than we could have hoped for. The oldest tractor was 60 and the youngest 50, but they just ran like a dream.”
“We had some fantastic support along the way. From the minute we started, every car and person we saw waved at us. Two families kindly let us stay overnight on their farms and we even got free passage on one of the ferries. The hospitality of the Cornish people is astounding.”
The day after completing their journey, the Cornwall Three Way held a celebratory BBQ at Truro Cricket Club where they presented their chosen charities – R.A.B.I and Children’s Hospice South West – with cheques for £6,000 each.
The group will be attending the Stithians Show on July 16 with four of their tractors.