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MF 5610 polar tractor lands in Antarctica… and Happy Birthday Massey Ferguson!

The Massey Ferguson tractor set to spearhead an expedition to the South Pole has touched down in the Antarctic.

The ambitious Antarctica2 mission to reach the Pole by tractor is scheduled to depart on its 5000 km journey across the ice this weekend (22/23 November) depending on weather conditions.

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Transported in a IL76 heavy-cargo aircraft, the tractor landed at Novo Runway from Cape Town where it has been undergoing some final preparations for its polar adventure.

“It’s wonderful to see the first pictures of our MF 5610 tractor in Antarctica which will be its place of work for the next few weeks,” says Campbell Scott, Massey Ferguson, Director Sales Engineering and Brand Development. “The arrival of the MF 5610 at this time is highly appropriate as it coincides with the official birth of the Massey Ferguson brand name on 19th November 1957.

“We are really looking forward to the start of the mission and following the progress of the Antarctica2 expedition team as it makes its way to the Geographical South Pole. “

Together with Massey Ferguson which is supplying the tractor,  Antarctica2 has enlisted  the help of leading industry partners including Trelleborg, Castrol, AGCO Finance, AGCO Parts, Fuse Technologies and Mechatrac.

You can follow the team’s challenge every day at www.AntarcticaTwo.com and #BelieveInIt

Diver Discovers Sunken MF Treasure

Can you help solve the mystery?

In investigating a sunken wreck in Tunisian waters, north of Bizerta, professional diver and photographer Selim Baccar was surprised to find its cargo hold still full of Massey Ferguson tractors.

Denizen of the deep – one of the MF tractors discovered by diver Selim Baccar.

Curious as to his discovery, Selim emailed Massey Ferguson with his amazing pictures to try and find out more. The wreck is so broken up that it has not been possible for him to identify the ship’s name or anything else about it. In his note he wrote: “Congratulations, the tractors are still intact after spending all these years in 65 metres of water!”

“From the photos, we can see that the tractors are MF 135 models fitted with an axle that dates them as post-1971,” says Jim Newbold, Massey Ferguson Marketing Planning Manager who in his investigations also contacted a number of ex-Massey Ferguson employees to see if they could shed any light on the mystery. “Our estimate is that the ship went down somewhere between 1972-74.”

“As yet, we don’t know the name of the ship, its ultimate destination, why it sunk, who the customer was or what happened to replace the tractors,” Jim continues. “We are keen to find out more so if anyone can assist we would be very pleased to receive any further information no matter how speculative.”

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