BOAT grand tractor draw 2008
Vapormatic has been supporting the charity work of BOAT (Bicton Overseas Agricultural Trust) for many years. 2008 has been no exception, with Vapormatic providing all the replacements parts for the rebuild of a Massey Ferguson 35 which provided a fantastic 1st prize in BOAT’s 2008 prize draw.
BOAT managed to sell a magnificent 19,876 tickets at £1 a piece, before the draw was made in November at the National Tractor Show in Peterborough.
BOAT winner takes delivery of his prize
The official presentation of the BOAT tractor took place on Wednesday 14th January at a meeting hosted by the Ashbourne & District Vintage Tractor Club, Derbyshire.
Lucky winner, Roger Nutt, who lives in Cheadle, Staffordshire received the tractor and keys to his 1959 Massey Ferguson 35 from Bill Vellacott, Chairman of BOAT, Peter D Simpson, Managing Editor of Kelsey Publications and Richard Sivil of Vapormatic Ltd.
A delighted Roger said that he was utterly amazed when he was told that he had won first prize in the competition, saying that he had been looking for a tractor to restore but had been unable to find what he really wanted. ‘This win has saved me a lot of work’ he laughed. ‘The whole family is now looking forward to exhibiting the tractor at local shows during the summer.’
‘We are grateful to all our sponsors, including Kelsey Publishing for donating the tractor, Vapormatic who sponsored the cost of replacement parts and Bridgestone Firestone, who supplied four new tyres. Also a special thanks to Les Arnold of Farm Machinery Haulage Ltd. who kindly delivered the tractor to Ashbourne.’ said Bill Vellacott. ‘2008 was a record year for ticket sales with a total of 19,876 being sold, and thanks to our sponsors all the money raised goes to BOAT. These funds are used to train trainers from developing countries who are then able to return home and pass on their knowledge and skills.’
The evening was rounded off by guest speaker Richard Sivil delivering a talk on the eventful 60 year history of Vapormatic and took questions from the eager listeners.
A record breaking year
During the course of 2008, thousands of people have been buying tickets to win a fantastic prize of a splendidly restored Massey Ferguson 35 tractor but perhaps more importantly to support BOAT (Bicton Overseas Agricultural Trust) in their charity work in providing sustainable farm livelihoods in developing countries.
After selling nearly 20,000 tickets and travelling around the UK and Ireland the time had come to draw a winner and at 3 p.m. on Sunday the 2nd November at the National Tractor Show with a crowd of people surrounding the "little red tractor" excitedly waiting for Peter D. Simpson of Tractor & Machinery Magazine to draw the winning tickets from the 19,876 individually folded tickets, which had been well shaken and stirred!
The first ticket Peter pulled out, which was for the tractor, was ticket number 07252. It then took us a week to track down its owner, a highly delighted Mr. Roger Nutt of Cheadle, Stoke-on-Trent. Roger bought his tickets on the Bicton College stand at a rather muddy North Devon Show while in the West Country on holiday and had three tickets, one each side of the winner!
The second price of £250 was ticket number 10360 purchased by Mr. Murdo A MacKay from Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis. Third prize of £100 was ticket 13720 and as last year goes to the Emerald Isle, this time to Mr. Gohery from Ballycormack, County Tipperary who bought the tickets on the Vapormatic stand at the Irish National Ploughing Championships held at Kilkenny for his three-year-old daughter Katie. Lucky girl!
Bill Vellacott, chairman of BOAT says "Congratulations to the winners and a very big thank you to everyone who bought tickets and to our brilliant sponsors who by their support ensures that every £1 for a ticket goes directly to BOAT for training trainers who work and pass on their knowledge back home in their own developing countries."
For more information on BOAT contact Bill Vellacott tel: 01404 813163
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