Ford Model T Drives Down Ben Nevis In 1911 BBC Movie Clip.

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mawnansmiff

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This is an amazing clip of an historical moment, alas only 1 minute 33 seconds long but great viewing.
"Henry Alexander Jr, the son of Scotland's first Ford dealer, drove the Model T up and then down the mountain.

The publicity stunt was to show that the mass produced American car was superior to hand-crafted British ones."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-38853227
Regards,
Jay.

 

cosmicfolklore

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I can get the video, but for some reason, it won't let me play it. It must be an Apple thing.

 

jitterbugdude

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Me too. I don't think its an Apple thing I think it's a Brit thing... trying to show us Americans that their mass produced videos are better than our hand crafted ones... :D

 

sablebrush52

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Evidently the situation for British quality hasn't changed, since the clip is unplayable. Lucas Electrics, anyone?

 

kane

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Lucas Electrics, anyone?
Ha ha.....that brings back memories. A joke amongst old Brit bike riders: Why do the English drink warm beer? Because their refrigerators are made by Lucas.

I assume this has been rectified with the bikes.

 

jpmcwjr

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It's a "you can see it only if you are in GB...." or can spoof your location.
1911! What marques did they put up agains the old flivver?

 

cosmicfolklore

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The Western North Carolina's being my stomping grounds when not in the billy of the Alabama hills, I'd say that looks like a decent sized skipping stone. It'd probably mess up lawn mower pretty bad. :puffy:

 

mayfair70

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Thanks for the post. It is nice to see American made stuff actually working. It handled the terrain very well. :)

 

mawnansmiff

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"It handled the terrain very well."
It did indeed considering how 'spindly' the chassis of the car seems to be.
Would I be right in saying they had no front brakes? I remember many years ago travelling in a 1929 Humber with wooden wheels, leather canopy and no front brakes!
Regards,
Jay.

 

jpmcwjr

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Great video! Driver and car did very well, but I didn't see how it proved Ford or Yankee superiority, unless the Brits' machines failed on the course. (in a film subsequently "lost"!) :)

 

mawnansmiff

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Following on from the above, there was another BBC documentary called 'Magnificent Machines: The Golden Age of the British Sports Car'.
This is an hour long history of all the classic British sportscars from when we were leading the market.
This time no duff link to the BBC catchup page but the youtube version...I just hope it works :roll:
Enjoy the sportscar porn guys...
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UzoolNs7sHQ
Regards,
Jay.

 

leacha

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Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Isles, located in Scotland.
Living in Colorado I forget what passes for a mountain. That's a hill to me. (No offense intended) :)