In 2005, Tractor Girl set out on her journey by tractor to the end of the world… the South Pole. Along the way, she collected the hopes and dreams of the people she met, written on little scraps of paper.
Four years and 23,000 miles later, Tractor Girl arrived in the Cape of Good Hope, at the southern tip of Africa - and her journey shuddered to a halt.
“I had no sponsors, nothing,” says Manon,
“but I had thousands of dreams in the back of my tractor that I had promised to bring to the South Pole, a continent where there’s never been war.”
Inspired by her story and impressed by her indomitable spirit, Massey Ferguson simply had to step in. Why? Because this is what the company thrives on: pushing boundaries, overcoming obstacles, testing technology to the limit. So they set about helping Tractor Girl complete her tractor trek to the Pole, just as they had done with Sir Edmund Hillary back in 1958.
First, a team of polar specialists was assembled to accompany Tractor Girl, and a new Massey Ferguson 5600 Series tractor was modified to create the ultimate expedition vehicle. Together, they were then put through their paces with intense polar training in northern Canada and Iceland.
And now, at last, the preparations are almost over. In November 2014, Tractor Girl and the expedition team will be transported to Novo Runway in Antarctica, where their mission to the South Pole will finally begin in earnest.