Could you be the UK's best excavator operator? If so, you could win a trip to Las Vegas... - The Leamington Observer

Could you be the UK's best excavator operator? If so, you could win a trip to Las Vegas...

Leamington Editorial 18th May, 2024   0

British machinery giant JCB is looking for an operator with the X Factor during the JCB UK Operator Challenge.

The winner will be crowned JCB’s Excavator Operator of the Year 2024 and win the trip for two to Las Vegas including flights, hotel and spending money. Operators from across the country are invited to enter for the chance to win this and a host of other luxury prizes.

A regional heat will be happening in Northampton next weekend (24th and 25th May) hosted by Watling JCB Pitsford Quarry, Northampton, NN6 9NL

Friday 24th May, 9am – 5pm

Saturday 25th May, 9am – 4.30pm

Three successful operators from each regional event will progress to the national final hosted at JCB’s Quarry on Monday 24th June. Alongside competing in the final face-off, each contestant will get to experience a JCB factory tour and the Story of JCB exhibition as well as full hospitality and a stay at the JCB Golf & Country Club.




Operator James Herring of ZTL Earthworks has qualified for the final after finishing second in the latest heat held at ScotPlant 2024. He said:

“JCB NOT ONLY PUT ON AN EXCELLENT WELL LAID OUT STAND, BUT ALSO INCLUDED THEIR OWN JCB UK OPERATOR CHALLENGE AT SCOTPLANT. IT REQUIRED PRECISION AND SPEED AND THE X SERIES 245XR AND 140X MODELS REALLY SHOWCASED HOW SMOOTH AND PRECISE THE HYDRAULICS ARE. I WAS DELIGHTED TO FIND OUT I’VE MADE THE FINAL AND LOOK FORWARD TO VISITING JCB HQ”


While only one can take the JCB Excavator Operator of the Year title, the top three contestants will be treated to a VIP trip to Hillhead as guests of JCB on June 25th. The runner up will win tickets for two for the Sunday of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in the British Racing Drivers Club, while third place will scoop a two-night city break in London.

The challenge will take place in JCB’s X Series tracked excavator models and feature two timed activities that will test the operators’ precision and dexterity. Regional heats will take place in conjunction with the JCB dealer Dig Days across April and May.

Details of the regional heats and registration can be found via the following link: Click here

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