Model T en­thu­si­asts plan to recre­ate feat

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - AUTOS -

IN 1911, Edinburgh car dealer Henry Alexan­der as­tounded peo­ple across the Bri­tish Isles by as­cend­ing to the 1,344-me­tre peak of Ben Ne­vis, the U.K.’s tallest moun­tain, in a 20-horse­power Model T Ford.

Cen­ten­nial plans by the Model T Ford Reg­is­ter of Great Bri­tain to recre­ate the feat in May, how­ever, have been scaled back to ac­com­mo­date mod­ern sen­si­bil­i­ties.

The club orig­i­nally planned to air­lift a Model T most of the way up the Ben via he­li­copter, then drive it tri­umph- antly to the moun­tain­top.

That plan was nixed for en­vi­ron­men­tal rea­sons by the John Muir Trust, which owns the moun­tain’s up­per slopes and sum­mit.

The com­pro­mise? An un­drive­able Model T replica will be dis­man­tled and car­ried to the sum­mit by 100 vol­un­teer hikers.

Once as­sem­bled on the crest for a photo op, the car will be dis­as­sem­bled and car­ried down again.

— Post­media News

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