Competition to find Europe's oldest mower ends in Lincolnshire

An offbeat competition to find Europe's oldest working ride-on mower has been won by a buggy first registered 23 years ago - and with 2,500 hours on the clock.

Etesia, which launched the competition wanted to find the oldest working Hydro 100 ride-on mower from across the whole of Europe. Hundreds of people entered but only two made the final cut, which were separated in age by only two months.

Contractor Iain Hart of Lincolnshire was still using his H100, first registered in 1990, until the day before he exchanged it for a new Hydro 100 Evolution, worth over £8,500. His father in law bought the kit from dealer Chandlers (Farm Equipment).

Iain Hunt was presented with a new Hydro 100 model by dealer Charles H. Hill from Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire. His old machine is now in the reception area of Etesia UK’s head office in Shenington, Oxfordshire.

"I saw the competition details and had a chat with my father-in-law to see how old he thought it was," he said. "The mower was still doing a fantastic job and was easy to use, so I was surprised just how old it was at first."


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