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Jcb Backhoe Sets Record, Raises Money


JCB's 3CX Backhoe Loader has earned a world record by completing a 26-day, 3,185-mile road trip across America

JCB's 3CX Backhoe Loader has earned a world record by completing a 26-day, 3,185-mile road trip across America. The fundraising trek beat the existing record for an excavator by 600 miles and has secured a place in The Guinness Book of World Records.

With JCB' Neil Smith at the controls and support from a Backhoe Across America crew, the loader set off from Tybee Island, Ga., March 26, carrying a bucket of East Coast sand.

After spending 119.5 hours in the cab at speeds averaging 27 mph, Smith drove the machine onto the beach at the Santa Monica, Calif., pier April 20 and dropped the Tybee Island sand.

Along the way, the crew made stops at JCB dealerships in eight cities to help raise awareness and funds for the American Red Cross Haiti Relief and Development Fund. The company estimates that it raised more than $250,000. The fundraising stops were the only stops Smith and his crew had to make.