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Voyage to the South Pole on a Tractor - Mission Complete

Voyage to the South Pole on a Tractor - Mission Complete

09 December 2014

ANTARCTICA - An engine running for 584 hours, using 650 gallons of fuel has culminated in a successful expedition to the South Pole.

The grueling task saw the team battling temperatures of -27oC over the 17 day Antarctica2 challenge.

The adventurous 2014 Antarctica2 mission aimed to drive a Massey Ferguson MF 5610 agricultural tractor on a 5000 km round trip from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole.

Immediately relaying the exciting news from the ice, the crew announced: “04.30 hours CET. This is December 9th, Camp 17. After 17 days and 2500 kilometres, we are at a red and white striped pole with a reflective ball on top, surrounded by flags.

"This is South 90 – as far South as anybody can go. It’s unbelievable – at the South Pole there is a red Massey Ferguson tractor! We’re all ecstatic to be here and so proud to be taking our hero shots with the tractor that never gave us cause to doubt that it would be up for the challenge."

massey ferguson tractor, antarctica

The quest echoes the achievement of explorer Sir Edmund Hillary who led the first mechanised expedition to the South Pole in 1958 using Ferguson TE20 tractors.

Find out more about the Antarctica2 expedition here.

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