The Story so far

If you can dream it, you can achieve it

Antarctica2 is a story almost 60 years in the making. It begins in the late 1950s with one of history’s most iconic explorers making an unplanned bid to reach the South Pole. And it ended, all according to plan, in late 2014 with a theatre maker from the Netherlands that achieved her long-held dream to journey to the end of the world. In many ways, these two adventurers couldn’t be more different – but they shared a determination to prove you can achieve anything if you believe in it. And they both put their faith in Massey Ferguson tractors to help make it happen.

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BREAKING NEW GROUND

In 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary entered his name in the history books as the first person to scale Everest. Five years later, Hillary braved the brutal conditions of Antarctica to journey to the South Pole - and he did it using Ferguson tractors. It was the first time anyone had reached the Pole using motor vehicles and, upon his return, Hillary’s telegram to Massey Ferguson read: “Despite unsuitable conditions of soft snow and high altitudes our Fergusons performed magnificently and it was their extreme reliability that made our trip to the pole possible.”

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THE DASH TO THE POLE
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The 1958 Journey

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THE DASH TO THE POLE

THE DASH TO THE POLE

HILLARY PAVES THE WAY

As the man who conquered the world’s highest mountain, Sir Edmund Hillary clearly relished a challenge. So when the opportunity arose to travel to Antarctica as part of the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1955–58, the gritty New Zealander leapt at the chance.

Led by Britain’s Dr. Vivian Fuchs, the expedition’s objective was to be the first to cross the entire Antarctic continent, overland, in mechanised vehicles. For his part, Hillary was to set out from Scott Base on McMurdo Sound, laying a line of fuel and food depots as he went, but stopping some 500 miles short of the Pole itself. Fuchs would then use these depots to complete his journey from Shackleton Base, on the other side of the continent.

Using three modified Massey Ferguson TE20 tractors, Hillary’s team made good progress, reaching the final depot on December 15th 1957. But for Fuchs and his party, it was a different story. Despite using Sno-cats and other supposedly more sophisticated vehicles, they were still some 1,200 miles away.

Now Hillary faced a dilemma: wait around at the depot or press on to the Pole? For an adventurer like him, it was no contest. He and his team made a dash for glory, and on January 4th 1958 they became the first people to reach the South Pole overland since Amundsen in 1911 and Scott in 1912.

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The story of antarctica

In 1958 Sir Edmund Hillary and his team were the first people to reach the South Pole by motor vehicle. These vehicles were none other than three Ferguson TE20 tractors.

 

Tractor Girl

No Dream is impossible

Over half a century later and a new adventure was taking shape in Northern Europe. Manon Ossevoort (also known as Tractor Girl) decided to set out on a mission to prove that anything is possible if you believe in it. To bring this message to the world, Manon set about voyaging to the South Pole with just her tractor, her dream, and the belief that you can achieve anything you set your mind to. Along the way Manon collected the dreams of hundreds of others to take them to the end of the world and prove that if you can dream it, you can achieve it. But if she was going to reach the South Pole, then Manon needed help. She needed a team by her side, and a vehicle that could handle the harsh climate and challenging terrain of Antarctica.

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TRAVEL THROUGH LIFE WITH AN OPEN MIND

TRAVEL THROUGH LIFE WITH AN OPEN MIND

In her inspirational TED talk, Manon Ossevoort explains how Tractor Girl’s extraordinary journey began, and shares some of the amazing experiences she’s had, and lessons she’s learned, along the way.

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THE DREAMS OF THE WORLD

Real dreams real hope

Wherever she went, Tractor Girl asked people to write down their dreams so she can take them with her to the South Pole. Here are just a few of them.

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THE DREAMS OF THE WORLD
  • Dream 1

    " I want to at least have an education, because once I get one of those, opportunities will come. "

  • Dream 2

    " A UN peace holder in the Sudan once told me most beautiful definition of a dream, he said a real dream is the same for anybody on this planet. A real dream doesn't matter if you're a millionaire or a homeless person, a real dream is something that hovers on your horizon and you know that if you try really hard, stay persistent, keep your sense of humour, find help, get lucky, that maybe, maybe, this one dream you have is possible. He said a real dream challenges you to become the best version of yourself. "

  • Dream 3

    " I hope that my son will join me and live with me in the future so that I'll be happier with him. I hope he is also. "

Massey Ferguson

The right tool for the job

On hearing of Manon’s dilemma, Massey Ferguson couldn’t resist getting involved. After all, opportunities to take part in something so demanding yet so rewarding don’t come along very often. They were confident too that in the Massey Ferguson MF 5610 they had the ideal tool for the job. With its rugged design and powerful engine, it can negotiate the toughest of terrains with ease, making it the perfect travel companion for the expedition. Only minor modifications have been made to ensure the MF 5610 is ready to embark on a journey that few will ever attempt. In doing so, it will not only continue its ancestor’s proud polar legacy but also prove you can achieve your dreams in even the most challenging of circumstances.

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