Racing driver champion Sir Jackie Stewart has invested in a brand new vehicle - a John Deere 66hp 4720 compact tractor - as company sales soar worldwide.
He bought the model from local dealer Farol of Milton Common, near Thame in Oxfordshire for use on his private estate in Buckinghamshire.
Nicknamed ‘The Flying Scot’, Sir Jackie Stewart competed in Formula One between 1965 and 1973, winning three Formula One World Drivers' Championships, and was one of the sport’s most outspoken advocates for better safety standards in motor racing.
He said: "The John Deere product range fits what we need, is reliable and mechanically sound, and dealing with one supplier makes everything more straightforward, particularly from a service point of view.
"We like the grounds to look clean and tidy, especially for visitors, and the machinery helps our grounds staff to achieve this consistently, all year round."
John Deere’s American parent group Deere and Company has announced record third quarter earnings of $997million this week but sales in Europe are down.
The company is forecasting agriculture and turf sales will increase worldwide by seven per cent by year end but decrease by five per cent in the 28 EU countries, blaming bad economic conditions in Europe and soft conditions in the UK farming sector.
The company has not released separate figures for the UK and Ireland.
The Illinois-based agricultural and horticultural machinery producer saw its global income rise by four per cent to $10.010 billion, for the third quarter with net sales of its equipment operations $9.316 billion. It is also involved in financial services.