Born in 1920, Harold Baggott, had his first taste of getting behind the wheel of the Model T aged 10. He’s till driving today.

Ford fan

His first driving experience was in the family’s milkman’s delivery float on a farm. He went on to get his license in 1936 (the first year they were introduced). The first car he purchased was a Ford 8 Popular in 1937 for £100. This was followed by a Ford Anglia the next year.

Since then the family has owned 20 Fords privately. The business utilised Ford commercial vehicles in chassis form, converted into coaches for a fleet of 140 run by their travel and coach business.

Model T to Mustang

Mr Baggott has been reminded of his Model T experiences with rides in a 1915 model from Ford’s heritage collection. This was the prelude to driving the manufacturers very latest offering – the Mustang Mach-E’s .

Alongside him were his grandchildren; 15-year-old Felix, who has ambitions to be a racing driver, and his 12-year-old brother Charlie. They journeyed from Beaulieu to former shipbuilding village Bucklers Hard. Mr Baggott was struck by the quietness of electric motoring.

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 on sale now, with a maximum electric driving range of 379 miles.