101-year-old Ford fan takes new Mustang Mach-E for a test drive

  • Harold Baggott, 101, has taken a test drive of the all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E – but with a difference
  • Ford organised special test drive and gave Harold a passenger ride in a 1915 Model T
  • Harold and family have owned over 20 Fords during the years

Time 11:04 am, August 23, 2021

A 101-year-old motoring enthusiast has experienced a test drive with a difference thanks to Ford.

Harold Baggott passed his driving test and acquired a licence in 1936, and began a life of owning and driving a vast array of Ford models.

He still undertakes local errands around where he lives in Port Solent, Portsmouth, Hampshire, and recently contacted Ford to take a test drive of the new, all-electric Mustang Mach-E.

The manufacturer arranged the test drive at Beaulieu Motor Museum last week, and Harold was also given a passenger ride in a 1915 Ford Model T, along with members from three generations of his family.

Following the test drive, Harold – who’s no relation to Car Dealer founder James Baggott – said: ‘Since the age of 10, I’ve 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.

‘It has been wonderful to reminisce about my driving history with the Model T and to see what the future has in store.

‘It was exciting to see and get behind the wheel of what I can expect to see my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren driving.’

Harold first got behind the wheel in 1930.

Aged 10, he learnt to drive the local milkman’s Model T van on his family’s private land.

On passing his test, Harold purchased his first Ford – an 8 Popular that cost £100. A year later, he replaced the Pop with an Anglia.

Since then, Harold has owned a vast array of Fords, including a Mk1 Consul, a Corsair GT, two Mk1 Granadas and three Mk2 Granadas.

Together with his sons, the family has owned more than 20 Fords, including his late wife’s Popular 100E; an Anglia 105E and Cortina GXL Mk3; his son David’s Escort Mk1; Capri 3 litre and Capri 2 litre and Fiesta XR2i and son Jonathan’s Escort Mk2 (two of); Cortina 1.6 Mk4; Capri Mk2; Sierra 2 and Van Diemen FF 1600 and Van Diemen FF 1800 Zetec race cars.

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James – or Batch as he’s known – started at Car Dealer in 2010, first as the work experience boy, eventually becoming editor in 2013. He worked for Auto Express as editor-at-large and was the face of Carbuyer’s YouTube reviews. In 2020, he went freelance and now writes for a number of national titles and contributes regularly to Car Dealer. In October 2021 he became Car Dealer's associate editor.

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