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Digger Racing Driving Experiences

For anyone who can be bothered thinking about it, it should be obvious that those giant car-like things with large shovels on the front and/or back that we often call ‘diggers’ were not meant to do that at all.

Look, all things considered, digging is a bit boring. No, diggers were, in fact, made for racing. In the mud. While doing wheelies.

If you want to try out this theory, can arrange a wonderfully dirt-tastic day out at the wonderfully named Diggerland where you will get the opportunity to race JCBs against other assorted oddballs. You dig?


Q: Diggers? Like… diggers?
A: Exactly like diggers. In fact, not even like diggers, but actual diggers. Diggers!
Q: Diggers! So how is this possible? Hop over the fence at a building site?
A: Absolutely not at all. You’ll be dealing with large excavation equipment and other heavy machinery at completely sanctioned place like Diggerland (and others)!
Q: Diggerland! Diggers at Diggerland!
A: I can see you are very excited. I can completely understand that.
Q: But what diggers are we talking about? Diggers!
A: All sorts. There are 25 ton 6x6 articulated dump trucks, minidiggers, mid range excavators, bulldozers, JCB 3CX backhoe loaders, 8.5 ton dirt shifters and more!
Q: Do I get a go on all of them?
A: Depends on the type of experience you pick, there are a wide variety, usually involving a number of great big diggy things.
Q: And what can I do in them?
A: Again, depends on the digger day you’ve picked, but you’ll usually get to drive them, possibly race them and possibly dig things in them.
Q: Dig things in the diggers?
A: Yes! And if it’s a Diggerland experience you can enjoy their rides and attractions afterwards.
Q: What can stop me embarking on this amazing diggers adventure?
A: You may need to be 17 years or older and hold a driving licence to take part. Also please advise the supplier of any relevant medical conditions that might affect your enjoyment upon booking. Diggers!
Q: : And what about my digger friendly friends and relatives?
A: Check the small print on your particular experience, sometimes spectators can attend and watch for free, sometimes they may need to pay an additional entrance fee. But if you’re unsure for any reason, just contact us or your supplier.

Fun Facts

  • 1. The JCB firm was founded in 1945 by Joseph Cyril Bamford, after whom it is named. It’s lucky it wasn’t started by someone called Brian Ulysses Montclair.
  • 2. 'JCB' is often used as a generic description for diggers and excavators and now appears in the Oxford English Dictionary. Unless you buy your dictionaries at the pound shop, like I do, which don’t have any J words at all.
  • 3. The engineer Vitruvius described heavy equipment and cranes in ancient Rome during the 1st Century BC in his entirely fictional treatise ‘Bobus the Builderus’
  • 4. A drawing of a pile driver appeared as early as 1475 in Francesco di Giorgio Martini's work ‘Trattato di Architectura’, which I’m sure is the name of a terrible Italian restaurant I once visited in Hartlepool.
  • 5. The first mass-produced piece of heavy machinery was the Fordson tractor in 1917. The Wurzles formed immediately afterwards.
  • 6. The first commercial continuous track vehicle was the Lombard Steam Log Hauler from 1901. But how did people haul their logs before that? Please someone tell me, the suspense is unbearable.
  • 7. In America during the 19th Century, 'bull-dosing' meant coercion or other intimidation such as at gunpoint. Or pointing a bull at someone I suppose, that would be quite intimidating.
  • 8. In 1974 there was a sci-fi film about a bulldozer possessed by a meteorite called Killdozer! The rumours that this will be the subject of the next Andrew Lloyd Webber musical are unsubstantiated at this time.
  • 9. In 2005, the band Nizlopi had a number one hit with their song ‘JCB’, about a young boy, travelling with his father on a JCB digger. Was there ever a follow up called BCJ about their journey back?
  • 10. The longest journey in an excavator is 3,185.9 miles by Neil Smith who travelled from Tybee Island, Georgia to Ontario, California between 26 March and 20 April 2010. I imagine there was also a record set for the amount of swearing by other drivers on the stretch of road between Georgia and California.