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Tuesday, August 24, 2021

101-Year Old Man Drives An All-Electric Ford Mustang Mach-E 90 Years After He First Drove A Ford Model T


Born in 1920, Harold Baggott, had his first taste of getting behind the wheel of the Model T aged 10, driving the family’s milkman’s delivery float on a farm. He went on to get his license in 1936 (the first year they were introduced in the UK), and purchased his first car, a Ford 8 Popular in 1937, and a Ford Anglia the next year.

Since then, the family has owned 20 Fords privately, as well as Ford commercial vehicles in chassis form, converted into coaches for a fleet of 140 run by their travel and coach business.

Baggott was reminded of his Model T experiences with rides in a 1915 model from Ford’s heritage collection, before moving bang up to date and behind the Mustang Mach-E’s steering wheel.

Driving 15-year-old Felix, who has ambitions to be a racing driver, and his 12-year-old brother Charlie, Mr Baggott was struck by the quietness of electric motoring.

He said: “Since the age of 10, I’ve retained my interest in motoring and today find myself interested in the switch to electrification following the [UK] government phasing out the traditional combustion engines I’m used to. I have reminisced about my driving history with the Model T and seen what the future has in store. It was exciting to get behind the wheel of what I expect to see my great grandchildren will be driving.”

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