By Kayleigh Jones
A tractor run will travel the coastline of the UK and Ireland to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Henry Ford tractors.
Phil Gibson and Peter Plehov, plan to travel around 5,000 miles for 52 days, to mark the origin of Ford, Fordson and New Holland tractors.
Their journey will begin in Basildon, Essex, home to New Holland, on April 13 and will take them clockwise around the UK to Ireland and the Isles of Wight, Skye and the Orkney islands.
New Holland has given them two brand new T6s to drive on their unprecedented coastline challenge.
One tractor will pull a shepherd hut complete with a bathroom and kitchen, made from scratch from an old trailer chassis, which they will stay in overnight.
Another trailer will carry general supplies, fuel and oil.
It is all in aid of Cancer Research UK and Steps Children’s Care Centre in Leicestershire, which is a charity that Mr Gibson and Mr Plehov have raised money for frequently over the years.
The tractor run was the brainchild of Mr Gibson, Chairman of Blue Force Tractor Club.
He said: “It’s quite a daunting thing to sort out and quite a logistical thing to do.
“We couldn’t do it and not do it for charity. [Steps] is something we’re very keen to support and Cancer UK is an equally good charity to raise money for.”
Mr Plehov, a lifelong fan of Ford and secretary of Blue Force, was keen to go along for the ride.
He said: “It’s a brilliant idea and I’ll support it in any way I can but I thought it was crackers him doing it on his own.
“I was brought up with Ford tractors. The first tractor I ever sat on was a Ford. Basically, it had to be.
Trish Edwards is centre manager at Steps, a charity for children with motor disorders, which costs £220,000 a year to run and relies solely on donations.
She said: “I can’t believe they are doing this. What a challenge.
“As with all charities, we are struggling at the moment. This support, financially, will enable us to continue our service.”
The pair welcome support along their journey and fundraising has already begun.
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