A LARGE group of volunteers will be taking part in a ‘once in a lifetime’ challenge today (Wednesday 18 May 2011) to mark a 100 years since the first ascent of Ben Nevis in a car.
It was a publicity stunt by Mr Hendry Alexander, a garage owner, to promote the reliability of the Model T Ford.
In order to commemorate this remarkable achievement, a specially constructed Model T Ford will be carried to the summit of Ben Nevis.
This will coincide with a Model T Ford rally based in Lochaber, ‘the Outdoor Capital of the UK;, with enthusiasts from all around the UK and Europe coming together to mark the centenary.
Rather than the many days it took to get the vehicle up the mountain all those years ago, a group of keen volunteers intend to do it in one day – without rebuilding the path and converting it into a motorway.
With this in mind, Neil Tuckett of The Model T Ford Register of Great Britain, has built a Model T Ford which will be dismantled into many pieces and transported up the mountain, piece by piece.
Between 80 and a 100 people are required to make this task possible.
The car will be split into forty, 10lb packages to be carried by individuals, and larger components to be carried by small teams.
It is hoped that the ascent will take no more than five hours.
Neil Tuckett will be part of the group and will reconstruct the vehicle on the summit for a photo opportunity, before dismantling it and taking it back down again.
A spokesman for the local organising group says: “We have received a tremendous response from volunteering enthusiasts, locals and relatives of people involved in the original challenge.”
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