Goodyear Ploughs its Way to the Championships
The Goodyear Farm team reports that it had “yet another successful year” in 2007. In addition to launching several new tyres in their Optitrac range, they helped some of the UK’s best ploughmen to perform and gain the opportunity to compete in the 2008 World Ploughing Championships in Austria. To win a position in the World Ploughing Championships the competitors first had to plough through the British championships which took place at Crockey Hill near York in October. The event was so well attended that the car park had to be extended on the second day. 16 of the 22 plough-off entrants used Goodyear tyres. These included the winners of the top three competitions who ploughed their way to success on Goodyear tyres.
Peter Alderslade from Tyne and Wear won the National Reversible ploughing championship, Ashley Boyles from Lincolnshire became the National Conventional Ploughing Champion and Michael Watkins from South Yorkshire, came first in the National Vintage Ploughing Championship. Peter and Ashley will represent England at the World Ploughing Championships in Austria in 2008.
“The tyres you choose as a ploughman are an essential element of your performance. Without top performing tires fitted to your tractor, ploughing becomes an even bigger challenge. Goodyear was certainly the right choice for me,” said Peter Alderslade, championship winner.
As one of the main sponsors of the Society of Ploughmen, Goodyear understands what is required to be successful in this discipline. The brand has a long history of success in both national and world ploughing competitions and Goodyear tyres have been used by many champions, past and present. “Goodyear has been the prominent brand within the ploughing industry for many years and we are extremely grateful for the unstinting support that we have received from them. Goodyear have always supplied tyres that perform well and that can be relied upon by ploughmen as they compete.” commented Ken Chappell, Executive Director of The Society of Ploughmen and event organiser.
Goodyear had a strong presence at the event featuring a stand for potential Championship winners to peruse. It informed competitors and visitors to the event about the Goodyear farm and industrial tyre ranges including the Optitrac R+ which generated a lot of interest. “The Goodyear Optitrac range is proving very popular with ploughmen and offers them something over and above what they are currently using. The response at the event has been encouraging and we hope that even more ploughmen will start using the Optitrac range.” said Andy Morris, Director of Off the Road tyres for Goodyear Dunlop Tyres UK Limited.