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04 July 2017

Agricultural Engineers triumph against REME in tractor rebuild competition

Agricultural Engineering students pulled off a famous victory against the Army in a tractor rebuild competition held during celebrations to mark the 75th anniversary of the Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers.

Level 3 students Alexander Sluijmers, Harry Robinson, Sam Pope, Jake Newman, Andrew Stanbury and David O’Toole were excited to be a part of the event at MOD Lyneham where more than 10,000 people gathered to enjoy military displays, sports, aircraft, historical vehicles and a funfair.

Throughout the day the students, all in their first year, competed in several heats against REME teams from various detachments all hoping to secure a place in the semi-final where they would then try and beat the engineers super team to take on the college.

In a thrilling final, the students demonstrated their expertise and knowledge of the T20 tractor by rebuilding more than 60 large and heavy parts in an impressive five minutes and 54 seconds –securing the title of champions!

REME’s super team finished shortly after in six minutes and nine seconds.

Jen Mellows, Head of Department for Land Based at Lackham, was at Lyneham supporting students.

She said: “It was an amazing day and I really am very proud of our students, not just because they won, but because of their involvement, hard work and dedication throughout the whole event.

“It was very hot and they competed against several detachments in heats before the final so they showed real stamina and determination.

“Their engagement with the Army was brilliant and it was a wonderful opportunity for them to demonstrate how efficient and knowledgeable they are.

“They worked well as a team, communicating and supporting each other.

“It was a lovely event for us to be involved with and the whole competition was held in good spirits.”

The Land Based department lent a T20 to REME whose teams spent 10 days practicing stripping and rebuilding them for around one-and-a-half hours a day.