Feeds

Finn finishes Finnish mini-digger odyssey

Crowds cheer 5-day-late, 2mph arrival at Finnish line

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

A plucky Finn's quest to be the first man to traverse much of the length of Finland riding a small imported Chinese mechanical digger has ended in success.

Jukka 'Excavatorjack' Mutanen and his SWE17B. Credit: Sunward

An inspiration to us all.

To rapturous applause from crowds of fans, freelance excavator repairman and salesman Jukka Mutanen chugged very slowly into the northern Finnish town of Kuusamo yesterday, completing an epic 942-kilometre journey lasting 29 days.

Mutanen made the journey at average road speeds of around 2mph, though his SWE17B one-man digger is capable of 2.8mph going flat out.

The enterprise was sponsored by the machine's manufacturers, the Hunan Sunward Intelligent Machinery Company Ltd of the Changsha Economic and Technological Development Zone in China, and Sunward's Finnish distributor.

The determined digger-jockey's quest electrified his fellow Finns and received heavy play in Finnish media. As of today the effort boasted over 100,000 Facebook fans.

Mutanen had hoped to reach Kuusamo in time for the midsummer celebrations on 24 June, but in the event the trusty SWE17B - not, after all, designed or intended for long haul use - proved incapable of this and he arrived five days late. Nonetheless, we gather that Mutanen and many of his admirers held a major party in Kuusamo last night. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Holy vintage vehicles! Earliest known official Batmobile goes on sale
Riddle me this: are you prepared to pay US$180k?
Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title
Folio Society crowns fittest of surviving volumes
'Open source just means big companies can steal your code.' O RLY?
Plus: Flame of the Week returns, for one night only!
U wot? Silicon Roundabout set to become Silicon U-BEND
Crap-spouting London upstarts to get permanent road closure
Hey, you, PHONE-FACE! Kickstarter in-car mobe mount will EMBED your phone into your MUG
Stick it on the steering wheel and wait for the airbag to fire
NEWSFLASH: It's time to ditch dullard Facebook chums
Everything hot in tech, courtesy of avian anchor Regina Eggbert
'It is comforting to know where your data centres are.' UK.GOV does NOT
Plus: Anons are 'wannabes', KKK says, before being pwned
Criticism of Uber's journo-Data Analytics plan is an Attack on DIGITAL FREEDOM
First they came for Emil – and I'm damn well SPEAKING OUT
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Website security in corporate America
Find out how you rank among other IT managers testing your website's vulnerabilities.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.