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Polar stars steal the limelight at SIMA

The MF 5610 tractor which captured the imagination of millions worldwide on its epic journey to the South Pole was one of the star exhibits on the Massey Ferguson stand at the SIMA Show in Paris.

Joining the famous tractor was Antarctica2 expedition Lead Driver, Manon Ossevoort, who spearheaded the 5000 km return trip to the Pole in December 2014.

In completing the mission, the MF 5610 claimed its place in history and became the first standard farm tractor equipped with tyres to reach the Geographic South Pole overland. For 38-year-old Manon, the ice challenge proved that, with belief and determination, dreams really do come true.

“I was impressed with the MF tractor’s performance,” she says. “It just kept going and going and going - like a tenacious little animal ploughing through the icy conditions. And it turned out to be the best place to be on the expedition - spacious, warm and comfortable. A safe haven. We had 24-hour daylight but I loved doing what we called the ‘night’ drive when the rest of the team was sleeping back at camp. It was just me and the tractor, breaking trail in this beautiful landscape. Driving across the solid ‘sastrugi’ ice waves was like climbing over rocks. It became an extreme sport for us, navigating them fast and safely! I am really proud of the tractor. It became the most solid and dependable friend to me.”

Visitors were able to see the MF 5610 as it returned battle-scarred from the ice complete with especially-developed Trelleborg tyres, crevasse bar, electric winch, polycarbonate windscreen, rear-mounted generator and extra 410 litre fuel tank.

Commenting, Campbell Scott, Massey Ferguson Director Sales Engineering and Brand Development said: “We are thrilled to feature the tractor on our stand at SIMA and delighted to welcome Manon as our guest. Her experiences on the ice with the team filled us with awe. We were overwhelmed by the response from the global audience who followed the Antarctica2 adventure. It was an inspiring feat, and so many people have taken the tractor to their hearts. The MF 5610 received a hero’s welcome when it returned to its birthplace at our manufacturing plant in Beauvais, France. We are all so proud of its achievement.”

Also making an appearance at the MF SIMA stand were the expedition’s Lead Mechanic, Nicolas Bachelet and Cameraman, Simon Foster.

"We are thrilled to feature the tractor on our stand at SIMA and delighted to welcome Manon as our guest."