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Ben Nevis car re-enactment banned

Posted 19 January 2011
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Ben Nevis car re-enactment banned
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Ben Nevis will not see a re-enactment of the six-day ascent by a Model T Ford 100 years ago, it has been revealed.

Conservation body the John Muir Trust - which owns the upper reaches of Britain's highest mountain - has refused enthusiasts permission on environmental grounds.

However, Ford fans can take a replica model of the car up if they like, the Trust said.

Chair of the Trust John Hutchinson commented: "Although we recognise the historical importance of the event, our staff and Trustees were clear that uplifting the Model T by helicopter could not be supported on environmental grounds."

Ben Nevis has seen a number of unusual items taken up, including a piano, while a number of memorials have been placed on the summit, including one to the memory of young people killed in war.

The highest building in Britain is situated on top of the mountain, an old weather station manned constantly during Victorian times but abandoned over a century ago.