101-year-old reminisces on past and looks to an electric future
Posted on 07 Sep 2021 and read 371 times
Born in 1920, Harold Baggott, had his first taste of driving at the age of 10, getting behind the wheel of the family’s Ford Model T-based milkman’s delivery float on a farm. He went on to get his license in 1936 (the first year they were introduced), and purchased his first car — a Ford 8 Popular — in 1937 for £100. This was followed by a Ford Anglia the following 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 its travel and coach business.
Mr 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’ behind the wheel of a Mustang Mach-E. He said that while driving the three miles from Beaulieu
to former shipbuilding village Bucklers Hard, he was struck by the quietness of electric motoring.
“Since the age of 10, I have retained my interest in motoring and today find myself interested in the switch to electrification following the 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.”
The Mach-E is Ford’s first all-electric SUV and has a maximum electric driving range of 379 miles.