In the Summer of 2012 Dirk en Trudy Regter from the Netherlands started a journey in their 1915 Ford Model T, visiting over 50 countries covering all the continents of the world.
This journey of approx. 80,000 miles will be made in order to raise money to support the worldwide work of SOS Children's villages International. Your contribution will of course be highly appreciated.
An early surprise. Last night we had met Ivon. Her father Frans was born in the Netherlands and she baked speculaas for us.
Today we will spend a day at Warwick and Paula, working on the T-Ford, LandRover and website.
Dirk has another wonderful place to work.
The visitors come in the afternoon. Paul, Chris and Fiona have taken the new tires for us. They are from the Veteran Car Club and the Model T Ford Club or Victoria.
visitors Model T Club
We got pictures of Andrew and Frances McDougall. Dirk drove into the T-Ford in Edam and Andrew saw him there. It was in 2006. Andrew then went with Dirk for a ride and Frances took pictures of it. Now in 2018 in Australia we meet them during our Model T World Tour. That is very special!
The Model T-Ford is being seriously looked at.
Model T 1
Model T 2
We have a delicious barbecue and then Dirk tells us about the Model T World Tour with photos and film.
Calvin plays for his new guitar for our Country Road.
Today is the big day for us that we start the journey through Australia.
We leave early to the Pelican Park in Redcliffe, where our friends are already waiting with their old timers.
We say goodbye to Merv and Margareth Kroll who helped us in the last two weeks in Brisbane with the preparations for our trip.
saying goodbye Merv and Margareth
At exactly 9 o’clock we are flagged up by the Dutch Honorary Consul in Brisbane:
Rear-Admiral Dr Karel de Laat.
Then we leave under the escort of a number of old timers to The Centanary Lakes in Caboolture for a quick “rittle to the tin”.
From here we start for our long journey of 250 km. to Warwick.
On the way in the town of Gatton, we are treated to a delicious lunch.
lunch at Gatton
We are escorted to Warwick by Tony Howard in his T-Ford touring and Ralf Challenger in his T-Ford Pick up.
Ralf’s Pick up
It’s a beautiful tour and sometimes very hilly.
Before dark, we arrive at our motel in Warwick.
Tony goes to sleep with his brother and Ralf stays with us in the motel.
We have a nice dinner together and look back on a successful first day of our Australia adventure.
25 April - Gladstone - 312 km
24 April - Clayton Bay - 152 km
23 April - Clayton Bay - 296 km
22 April - Coorong - 413 km
18 April - Tralangon - 338 km
17 April - Jacobs River - 244 km
16 April - Canberra - 313 km
13 April - Sidney - 264 km
12 April - Singleton - 212 km
11 April - Taree - 283 km
10 April - Armidale - 310 km
09 April - Warwick - 295 km
27 March - Brisbane