Diggerland USA Brings World’s Fastest Backhoe to Race at NJ’s Raceway Park

Diggerland USA, the construction-themed adventure park in West Berlin, NJ is teaming up with JCB, a world leader in construction equipment manufacturing, to race the world’s fastest backhoe in Englishtown, NJ.

The 38th annual US Diesel Truckin Nationals takes place September 13 at Old Bridge Raceway Park. The event is a celebration and display of diesel innovation and hosts a series of diesel race lineups, Monster Truck Thrill Shows and an exhibit of 2,000+ diesel big rigs and machines.

(check this story for more events this weekend in the Jersey Shore area)

Diggerland USA World's Fastest Backhoe JCB GTDiggerland, in partnership with JCB, will be on location displaying a series of modified construction machines currently in use as rides and attractions at the theme park. Making its first appearance in the North America Racing circuit since 2012, the JCB GT, a 1300-horsepower backhoe, is scheduled to run the quarter-mile during the event.

“Between Diggerland, Raceway Park and JCB, this is going to be a show that the crowd won’t soon forget,” said Ilya Girlya, President and CEO of Diggerland USA and Sahara Sam’s Oasis. “We are excited to have partners that share in our ability to showcase unheard of concepts. The ingenuity in equipment design that makes rides at Diggerland possible is bringing us the JCB GT, the world’s fastest backhoe driven by a leading JCB Demonstration Manager, Neil Smith.”

In addition to providing the majority of modified equipment used in Diggerland’s attractions, JCB has made history by building and racing the World’s Fastest Backhoe, reaching speeds up to 100 mph.

“At JCB, innovation is our lifeblood and we do everything a little bigger, a little better and a little faster; that includes building the World’s Fastest Backhoe,” said Thom Peebles, Vice President of Marketing for JCB Inc. “The JCB GT is a showcase of JCB innovation and engineering with its 1300 horespower engine and the ability to blast down a quarter mile drag racing track at 17 seconds at speeds topping 100 mph.”

The US Diesel Truckin Nationals take place from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM Saturday, September 13. Media interested in covering the JCB GT race should contact Dave Napp with Old Bridge Township Raceway Park at 732-446-7800.

Read our first impressions of Diggerland USA here!

Watch spectacular videos of the JCB GT backhoe dragster below:

Diggerland USA is a construction-themed adventure park where children and their families drive, ride, and operate heavy machinery in a safe family-friendly environment. Diggerland has 4 locations in the UK and the North American location that opened in June 2014 in West Berlin, NJ. Diggerland is the most unique amusement experience in the world. More information is available online by visiting www.DiggerlandUSA.com

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