Operators test the equipment on site.
The Baker Factory, one of the nation’s premier motocross training facilities in Center Hill, Fla., was the site of a Ride+Drive Event hosted recently by JCB. The one-day event allowed visitors to “Get In and Get Dirty” while test driving a large selection of JCB’s construction equipment line. Equipment on hand included loaders, backhoes, track loaders, excavators and telehandlers. The event targeted the needs of landscape contractors especially with the demo site set up with various terrain features and equipment sized to their needs.
The Baker Factory in Center Hill, Fla., trains amateur and professional motocross riders on its 90-acre site, which includes a full motocross course and one under construction. Aldon Baker, owner, has developed a special relationship with JCB and its Florida dealers MacKinnon Tractor and JCB of South Florida. Baker uses JCB equipment to maintain its current track and work on building a new one with four machines currently on site: a JS190 excavator, 427 loader, 3CX backhoe loader and a 300 track loader. In addition to these machines, there were numerous other JCB pieces on hand for visitors to try out.
In addition to test driving the equipment, JCB’s visitors also were treated to a lunch and the opportunity to see some of the riders on site being put through their paces on the existing track.
On hand for JCB were Shane Coates, general manager of sales, east region; Patrick Smith, regional business manager, southeast; David Barker, regional business manager, southeast; Farrin Barber, events trailer specialist; Neil Smith, demo manager; Spencer Howard, demo manager; Karli Crockit, dealer marketing manager; Ashby Graham, SSL/CTL global product manager; Rafael Nuñez, BHL product manager of North America; Randy Tinley, product support of SSL/CTL and compact excavators; and Pete Gallagher, product manager of heavy line.