Model T Ford - Motoring Over Ben Nevis - 1911 Rare Footage

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mitch on Friday, September 04, 2015 - 05:56 am:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaNgYhvmtzA

As publicity stunts go, this 1911 ascent up all 1,344 meters of Britain's highest peak in a Ford Model T takes some beating - fancy taking a Prius for a spin on the moon? The idea was to show that this 'affordable' assembly line American car could more than match the hand-crafted British models (note the American flag at the end of the film). Interestingly, the film starts at the snowy summit and seems to capture the tricky descent rather than the climb.

Behind the wheel was Henry Alexander Jr, the son of Scotland's first Ford dealer, and between the 9th and the 13th of May, with much planning, the steady ascent was made. Looking at the churning tyres and the odd spot of dynamite along the way the prevailing thought is perhaps "You did it!... But please don't do it again."

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Roger Karlsson, southern Sweden on Friday, September 04, 2015 - 06:18 am:

And in 2011 the UK Model T register actually did it again - but they didn't drive the last bit due to environmental concerns, dynamite wouldn't be acceptable today..
60 volunteers carried the T in pieces up to the highest point and reassembled it there.

http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/179374/212377.html?1310767169

Here's the 2011 version of a T on top of Ben Nevis:

T on top


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mike Hanson - Kingwood, Texas on Friday, September 04, 2015 - 09:32 am:

Interesting footage! Thanks for posting.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Keith Townsend ; ^ ) Gresham, Orygun on Friday, September 04, 2015 - 10:37 am:

Cool footage.

Although the original publicity stunt was done in 1911, and the re-creation in 2011 was done with a 1911 car, I believe the original car was a 1910. Notice the bead across the back door and across the center of the back seat.

: ^ )

Keith


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Kevin Weeds on Friday, September 04, 2015 - 05:25 pm:

Great viewing, thanks


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Richard Eagle Ida Fls on Friday, September 04, 2015 - 07:41 pm:

Delightful. All that and no Babbit in the block.

Rich


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