JCB GT - The
The world-famous JCB GT has been
crowned the fastest digger on earth
after reaching speeds of more than 70
miles an hour in Australia.
The JCB GT backhoe loader made the
attempt in front of independent record of-
ficials at Bathurst, near to Sydney.
Guinness World Records has confirmed
that the JCB digger was officially the fastest
backhoe loader in the world with a speed of
72.58 mph (116.82km/h).
To celebrate the win the JCB GT went on
a tour of Sydney and took a bow for photog-
raphers in front of other world-famous icons – the Opera
House and Harbour Bridge.
The latest record is not the only one that JCB’s back-
hoe holds: the machine has been the world’s biggest sell-
ing backhoe loader for 14 consecutive years. The company
has made more than half a million backhoes in the past 61
years since inventing the machine in 1953.
Fab Carrettin, Managing Director of JCB Pacific, said:
“The JCB GT has always been regarded as the
fastest backhoe around and now it’s official.
It’s fantastic to have achieved this record
and underlines the world-class engineering,
power and performance our customers
demand from the JCB backhoe.”
Glenn McLeod, backhoe product manager for JCB deal-
er JCB Construction Equipment Australia (CEA) added:
“The 116.82 km/h we achieved was actually
higher than the 110 km/h benchmark set
for us by the Guinness World Records. We
couldn’t be happier with the results.”
JCB Demonstration Driver Matthew Lucas - nicknamed
‘The Dig’ during the attempt
- was the man who steered
the JCB GT to its world re-
Matthew, 43, of Werrington, Stoke-on-Trent, said:
“It was great to be involved in such an exciting
project and a real honour to be behind the
wheel when we achieved the record.”
The JCB GT first made its debut in 1988, was made of
fibreglass and aluminium and powered by a V8 Chevvy
engine. It was first driven by employee Malcolm Grindey,
who spent two years at the wheel, demonstrating its capa-
bilities all over the world – including an appearance at the
Formula One Australian Grand Prix in 1990.
Normally based at JCB’s HQ in Staffordshire, UK, the lat-
est JCB GT has a loader and digger end made completely
out of aluminium.•JCB
Contractors World International Vol 5 No 5