John O'Groats to Lands End - by tractor!

BOB Sampson, from South Molton, has set himself an epic challenge to promote North Devon as the UK s top holiday destination. He will be driving his 42-year-old Ford 3000 tractor from John O Groats to Lands End, telling everyone what North Devon has to

BOB Sampson, from South Molton, has set himself an epic challenge to promote North Devon as the UK's top holiday destination.

He will be driving his 42-year-old Ford 3000 tractor from John O Groats to Lands End, telling everyone what North Devon has to offer the holidaymaker and handing out North Devon and Exmoor guides.

Bob will be piped out of John O'Groats on Saturday, July 25, and will attempt to drive 120 miles each day at speeds of 15 miles an hour on the 930 mile journey to Land's End.

His tractor, which has not been used for the last 10 years, has had to be completely overhauled. The vintage vehicle was used as a real workhorse in its time, so needed three intense weeks of work and a lot of expertise to bring it back to its gleaming glory!


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With no cab to shield Bob he is hoping for fine weather, but says he is confident his "aero dynamic head" and his passion to tell everyone what a great place North Devon is will be all he needs to keep going.

Bob will be travelling through parts of the UK he has never visited before and thinks this will be a great way to find out if there is anywhere as stunning as North Devon.

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He says he will miss his family, but will be looking forward to seeing them as he makes a special appearance at the North Devon Show on August 5 on his way to Lands End.

Exmoor wildlife enthusiast and television personality Johnny Kingdom will be supporting Bob and is confident that there is no better ambassador to promote his home county.

"I have known Bob for years, he has helped me with filming and he is the sort of chap that gets stuck in and helps others without wanting recognition," says Johnny. "I am behind him all the way with this challenge. He has got such a big heart and I think he is very brave. Sometimes you don't appreciate what we have got here in North Devon until you go away. I am sure Bob will be glad to get back home."

As part of his challenge, Bob will also be raising vital funds for the North Devon Hospice and Cancer Research and he has already bagged over �3,000 for his two favourite charities.

Anyone wishing to support Bob's challenge can make a donation by logging on to www.justgiving.com/robertsampson1.To keep up with Bob's journey and daily blog. Log onto www.tractorrun.org.uk

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