It was all inspired by a large map hanging on the wall of Edward Buckland’s board room; the full road map of Cornwall. A tangle of B roads, unnamed roads, unmade tracks and several ferries.
“I recall the phone call from Edward quite vividly“, explained Martin Dyer. “‘You’ve got a Massey Ferguson 35 haven’t you?‘ Little did I know at that point that Mr Buckland was observing the map and concocting a plan that would put this machine (and man!) to the test!”
“And Mr Perry, he has one as well does he not?” continued Edward. Martin confirmed that fellow friend John Perry did indeed have a Massey 35. The Cornwall 3 Way was born.
The concept is simple; to circumnavigate Cornwall on three vintage Massey Ferguson 35 tractors in 3 days – a journey of around 300 miles. The tractor run will take place from July 9-11.
Martin added: “We spent several hours sat around the aforementioned map in the boardroom and, as Google Maps wondered what on earth we were up to and smoke billowed out of the calculator, we worked out a route taking us on three ferry crossings and covering the whole of our beautiful county.
“300 miles in 3 days… doesn’t sound like much of a challenge does it? In a car, it would be no problem; air conditioning on, favourite tunes on the radio, comfy seats and good suspension.
“But we’ll be driving tractors built in the 1950s which were designed to plough fields at 3mph, not cover countless miles on Cornwall’s back-roads with a ride comfort that resembles that of the old “bone shaker” bikes!”
The three friends want to raise an ambitious £10,000 for R.A.B.I and Children’s Hospice South West.