A group of North Devon farmers have clubbed together to create a spectacular piece of land art on the route of this year’s Tour of Britain race, to raise money for Devon Air Ambulance.

The giant work of art, more than 45 metres across, took shape in a field near South Molton and involved one 13 tonne excavator, 19 tractors (old and new), 16 ATVs and one slurry tanker wrapped in plastic!

It featured moving wheels, pedals and a chain, and was the brainchild of farmer and contractor Alun Sing and NFU South Molton chairman Adam Westaway who put it together with great support from local farmers, South Molton Vintage Rally Club, agricultural dealerships and the YFC.

The tractors and quads were piloted by volunteer drivers who drove round in circles for an hour and a half, and were all in perfect sync as the Tour’s peloton raced by. Unfortunately the helicopter filming the race was grounded due to low cloud, but local drone operator Rupert Brandon-King from Flyonix was on hand to film the spectacle, which can be seen on YouTube.

The bicycle will now be entered into the Tour of Britain’s land art competition, where they hope the hard work and creativity involved will be rewarded with a worthy prize.