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Car climbs Ben Nevis

Posted 19 May 2011
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Car climbs Ben Nevis
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Vintage car enthusiasts have put on their walking boots to re-enact the feat of a century ago by putting a Model T Ford on the summit of Britain's highest mountain.

In 1911, the car was pulled and driven in one piece to the top of Ben Nevis, but this year, fans took the vehicle up in bits and reassembled it, after an agreement reached with landowner the John Muir Trust.

Those heading up may have been grateful for their outdoor jackets as they had to endure wind, sleet and snow near the top.

Dozens of volunteers were involved in the effort, which took the vintage motor up to the 4,409 ft top, next to the ruined weather observatory that has been abandoned since even before the 1911 stunt.

The route taken was the zig-zagging Tourist Route, but other ways exist to the top, a popular one with walkers being via neighbouring Munro Carn Mor Dearg and its arete.