Model T enthusiasts plan to recreate feat
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