One of UK’s leading lubricants blenders is throwing its weight behind the first round of the British Tractor Pullers Association Championship which is being held in Shropshire in May.
Morris Lubricants has agreed to be the main sponsor of their local event at the Greenous West Mid Showground in Shrewsbury on May 28 and 29, which coincides with the first day of the Shropshire County Show.
The event, which is hosted by Malpas Tractor Pulling Club, is the first for five rounds of the British Championship and attracts around 40 competitors from across the UK and Ireland in five classes.
The sport involves competitors sitting on their tractors pulling a sledge weight along a 100 metre track.
Sponsorship from Morris Lubricants will enable the organisers to offer prizemoney and points in the Super Farm and Limited Prostock classes of British Championship this year
The company manufactures and sells an extensive range of performance lubricants covering a wide variety of application areas, from steam engines to modern-day commercial vehicles and industrial machinery. Included in the extensive product portfolio is a comprehensive range of lubricants for tractors and agricultural and horticultural machinery.
Morris Lubricants was introduced to tractor pulling by customer Gary Penton, a director of Oswestry based haulage company Pentons, who has supported the sport for seven years and also competes in the Limited Prostock class.
Andrew Goddard, managing director of Morris Lubricants, said: “We were approached by Gary Penton, a long standing customer and were delighted to be able to sponsor this tractor pull, which is right on our doorstep in Shrewsbury.
“The agriculture sector in general is an important market for the company and we look forward to meeting many existing and new customers over the weekend.”
Julie Ankers, who together with her husband, Onky, is a director of the British Tractor Pullers Association and a member of Malpas Tractor Pulling Club, welcomed Morris Lubricants’ support and is looking forward to a competitive event in Shrewsbury in May.
“The sponsorship will make a big difference to the event because we will be able to offer prizemoney and championship points in two classes and each tractor will get a £50 hook-up prize as a contribution towards their travelling costs,” explained Julie.
“It’s also great to have such a well known company as Morris Lubricants as the main sponsor. This will be the fourth time the event has been held at the Shropshire County Show and it’s very popular with spectators.
“We expect all the defending champions to be competing in Shrewsbury because it’s the first major event of the year.”
Mr Penton became involved with the sport after buying a Massey Ferguson articulated tractor at an auction at Montford Bridge and was encouraged to use it for tractor pulling. He has held a charity tractor pull at Ruyton X1 Towns for the last four years and in 2015 raised £16,000 for Hope House and he Severn Hospice.
This year’s charity tractor pull will be held on September 24 and 25, when he hopes to have up to 50 tractors competing.
He said his interest in high powered tractors was triggered by driving ‘Chain Reaction’, a tractor built by Shukers in Shrewsbury and now owned by Graham Ward of Carmarthen, at an event at Dearnford Lake three years ago.
“Once I had a go on it, that was it,” he confessed. “I now go over to Holland to watch tractor pulling and have had a tractor built for me, which is currently in pieces but will be ready for Shrewsbury.”
He said his late father, Roy, had insisted on using oil from Morris Lubricants in the company’s fleet of vehicles for more than 50 years. “We have never used anything other than Morris oil,” he added. “We wouldn’t entertain another oil company because we get great wear out of our engines and they are always as clean as a whistle when we come to rebuild them, which shows how good the oil is.”
Morris Lubricants has been manufacturing lubricants in Shrewsbury since 1869. More than 146 years of development has seen the company grow to become one of Europe’s leading oil blenders and marketers, with a reputation for quality and service.