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Ford Model T – Motoring Over Ben Nevis (1911) Rare, Lost Footage

Top Gear before there was telly: Incredible 104-year-old footage shows intrepid motorists taking a Model T Ford to the top of Ben Nevis – and just like Jeremy Clarkson, they weren’t afraid to mangle a bit of precious peat-land!


  • 104-year-old footage showing intrepid motorists scaling Ben Nevis in a Ford Model T
  • The 1911 movie shows team driving across some of the most rugged terrain in the UK to the top of the 4,409ft peak
  • It even draws parallels to Top Gear-like antics, as men blow up a patch of precious peatland blocking their progress
  • In 2004, former host Jeremy Clarkson was criticised for churning up fragile peat bogs while scaling Ben Tongue


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. A peat bank is shown in the film being dynamited to make the journey a bit smoother for the Model T.

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.”

Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia - For Model T Owners & Enthusiasts

St Josephs Primary School Spring Fair 2015

St Joseph’s Primary School Taree – Spring Fair

1 St Josephs Drive (off Kanagra Dr) Taree NSW

Saturday, 6th September, 2014 – 10:00am – 2:00pm

With special visit by Taree Historic Motor Club Inc.

JAKE DAVEY will perform until 2pm, the SKYDIVE DISPLAY will take place during a break in his set, approximately 1pm

CAR DISPLAY AWARDS – People’s Choice & Children’s Choice

The Spring Fair aims to capture the school spirit and embrace the wider community – all are welcome!

Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia - For Model T Owners & Enthusiasts

Petr’s Ford Model T in Czech Republic

Here’s Petr’s Model T

I do own 1920 Model T, imported from USA to Czech Republic and Iam having quite a problems setting the carb correctly

attaching couple of photos as you probably never seen some Czech Republic Model T, right? 🙂

I am cleaning the gas tank and pipes and carb as it seems that I have some dirt there as my car wasn’t started till like 5-6turns from bottom (and of course then it was very very rich)

also the starter spring cracked in half yesterday so starting is a bit more complicated again

Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia - For Model T Owners & Enthusiasts

My 1925 Ford Model T at Mid Coast Ford Motorfest 2015

So I took my darling Shae to this years Mid Coast Ford Motorfest in Tuncurry.

The weather was fantastic, and I would estimate some 150 cars turned up for the event.

In attendance from Taree Historic Motor Club were…

  • Mitch Taylor and Shae with the 1925 Ford Model T
  • Greg Lee with his 1913 Rover Torpedo
  • Allan Walters with his 1929 Chrysler 75
  • Lindsay & Robyn Higson with their 1967 Bedford truck
  • Ray Lapham and his 1982 Rolls Royce Silver Spirit
  • Brian Kelleher with his Morris fire truck

If i’ve forgotten anyone, I’m sure I will be fined! 🙂

Here’s some pics of my T…

Mitch Taylor

New South Wales, Australia - For Model T Owners & Enthusiasts

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