There was a time when equipment manufacturers would lavish gifts upon trade journalists.   My personal collection of baseball caps, t-shirts and jackets meant that I rarely had to go shopping (good) but that I also looked like a walking advertisement for a used equipment dealership (not so good).

Today, however, those same manufacturers are far more likely to hand us poor, beleaguered hacks a USB thumb drive containing photos, videos, brochures etc.

Over the past few months, I have been collecting these together and I now have an impressive collection of thumb drives from, variously, JCB, Kubota, Hitachi, Rammer, Rubble Master and Furukawa.   In addition, I have a few – from the likes of Volvo and Northerntrack – that are shaped like an item of equipment.

And, as part of our end-of-year desk clearance, they are all up for grabs.

All you have to do is hit THIS LINK and Like our Facebook page.   All the Likes added between now and 18 December will be collected and put into a prize draw.   On the 18th, we will draw one lucky winner who will receive literally gigabytes of plant-related computer memory.

So what are you waiting for – HIT THE LINK NOW for your chance to start the New Year with some great memory.