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JCB GT - The

Fastest Digger

On Earth

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-

cord title.

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.


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