Harold Baggott, a 101-year-old who still drives himself around daily, was given the opportunity to go out and demonstrate the all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E with his great-grandchildren, 15-year-old Felix and 12-year-old Charlie, along for the ride.
Harold was born in 1920 and had his first experience behind the wheel at the age of 10 when he would drive his family's milk float on a farm. He got his driving license in 1936, the first year driving licenses were introduced in the UK, and purchased his first car for just £100: A Ford 8 Popular.
Since that first car, Harold's family have been Ford-mad. They have owned 20 Fords themselves, while using 140 converted Ford commercial vehicles to make up the fleet for their travel and coach business.
When out for his test drive from Beaulieu to nearby Bucklers Hard, Mr Baggott was reminded of his Model T experiences with rides in a 1915 model from Ford’s heritage collection, before jumping back into 2021 where he found himself driving the Mustang Mach-E.
He 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. 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, you can find out more about it here.