Here sits an Islay tractor. Forgotten? Forlorn? Not a bit of it. As all Islay farmers know, this mighty machine will roar into life at the drop of a hat, and get to work heaving blocks of pungent peat from the ground. And as all Ardbeg fans know, you can’t make the peatiest malt on Islay without a hefty heap of peat.
It’s fair to say that tractors are the backbone of Islay agricultural activities, and indeed, our very own Mickey Heads took his first driving lesson astride a treasured Massey Ferguson.
So here at Ardbeg, we feel the time has come to honour these oft-overlooked heroes of the peat bogs. In between shifts, we’ve been tinkering away in our workshop, waggling wires and polishing pistons under the tutelage of mechanical genius Paul Burnham, one of the UK’s top rod and custom car builders, to create… the ultimate Ardbeggian vehicle – the Ardbeg Hot Rod Tractor!
We hope you dig it.
Ardbeg is no ordinary whisky. And this is no ordinary tractor. It’s bigger. And shinier. With more power. And more roar.
Building on the classic 1959 Massey Ferguson 35 chassis, so beloved of Islay famers and distillery workers, this is a one-of-a-kind, custom built, chrome clad model of dazzling proportions.
Here are the specifications you’ll need to impress fellow TracTOURists out on the road:
Too magnificent to keep to ourselves, we’ve sent this Massey out to meet the masses. Instead of turning the earth and pulling up peat, the Ardbeg Tractor is turning heads and pulling crowds the world over.
Keep checking to see when we’re coming to a town near you.