JCB searches for UK’s top excavator operator

JCB is searching for the UK’s best tracked excavator operator – with the chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to Las Vegas up for grabs.

The winner of the JCB UK Operator Challenge will win a trip for two to Las Vegas including flights, hotel and spending money. Operators from across the country are invited to enter for the chance to win this and a host of other prizes.

The challenge is taking place over a series of seven regional heats hosted by JCB’s UK dealers. Three successful operators from each event will progress to the national final at JCB’s Quarry on Monday 24th June. Each finalist will get to experience a JCB factory tour and the Story of JCB exhibition as well as full hospitality and a stay at the JCB Golf & Country Club.

Operator James Herring of ZTL Earthworks qualified for the final after finishing second in the recent heat, held at ScotPlant 2024. He said, “JCB not only put on an excellent well laid out stand, but also included their own JCB UK Operator Challenge at ScotPlant. It required precision and speed and the X Series 245XR and 140X models really showcased how smooth and precise the hydraulics are. I was delighted to find out I’ve made the final and look forward to visiting JCB HQ.”

While only one can take the JCB Excavator Operator of the Year title, the top three contestants will be treated to a VIP trip to Hillhead as guests of JCB on June 25th. The runner up will win tickets for two to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in the British Racing Drivers Club, while third place will scoop a two-night city break in London.

The challenge will take place in JCB’s X Series tracked excavator models and feature two timed activities designed to test the operators’ precision and dexterity.

Details of the regional heats and registration can be found at where there is also a video showcasing the challenge.