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.
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.
This morning we got a message that the cars have been released by customs and that we can pick them up in the port of Brisbane. It was just as exciting with all those strict control requirements here, but we succeeded.
We went to the harbor with George Schönauer and Mervin Kroll. George drives the Land Rover back from the harbor to our holiday address because Trudy prefers not to drive in that busy traffic. She is lucky with that.
At the customs depot everything is running smoothly. Some paperwork and safety jackets and we can go to the cars.
First we arrive at the Landrover, but it will not start. Some diesel in the tank, a serious look under the bonnet and it starts.
shall it starts
Then to the Model T, which was inside the depot.
It looked amazingly clean; that’s what those customs people have arranged nicely.
The Model T started immediately and Dirk drove it outside.
You could wait, but immediately there were two men under the Model T. Why do men always crawl right under that car?
down under 1
down under 2
down under 3
Then we went into the busy evening peak of Brisbane and over the Highway to Redcliffe, our holiday destination.
George in the Landrover
the first miles 1
On his way Dirk got a huge downpour on his head.
the first miles 2
Wet but very satisfied we arrived at our holiday address in Redcliffe.
back in Redcliffe
Our support team will meet next Sunday: Sjaak, the brother of Dirk and his wife Coby.
On Monday our Australia adventure can really start!!!
We are told that here in Australia it is a common way to raise money for a good cause by going around with a collection box.
They call it: Rattle the tin. So we bought some typical Australian collection boxes and stuck our sticker on it.
We are curious what that will deliver.
rattle the tin
Today we have a party because our grandson Floris is 5 years old.
We have already taken coffee and cake when Floris was still sleeping.
This is due to the 9 hour time difference with the Netherlands.
coffee and cake
This morning we gave an interview with the Moreton Media Group, the local radio station here.
We are waiting for the cars. The container has arrived in the port of Brisbane. From our vacation spot on the Moroton Bay we can see the illuminated harbor in the evening.
port of Brisbane by night
one of those
Our cars must be in one of these containers.
They still have to be inspected by Customs before they are released and Customs in Australia is very strict. So that is just as exciting.
In the meantime, Dirk and Mervin Kroll, our personal travel advisor for Australia, discuss our travel plans for the upcoming period.
Our last night in New Zealand was in a beautiful hotel (with bath) but very short. Awake at half past four, the shuttle bus took us to the airport and we went through customs. Everthing allright. This flight was short and beautiful. We left with rain but above the clouds the sun shines.
in the air
The previous days we had cleaned the cars for the transportation and our suitcases had been brushed out. We even waxed our shoe soles with soap. It was worth the effort. We went through customs in Australia very quickly.
Merv and Margaret Kroll welcomed us in Brisbane.
Merv, Margaret Kroll and Dirk
They took us to the cottage that they had discussed for us. Across the Highway 1 and along the ocean (South Pacific Ocean) and a beautiful Bay. Where do we end up?
At a campsite with a cafe / restaurant on the corner. There is a terrace with shade from large trees and a breeze blowing from the Bay. That is nice because it is very hot here in Australia.
terrace at the corner
Merv and Margaret go home but leave a car for us. We can use it until our cars are here. We drink a cup of coffee and wait for the key of our house.
In the afternoon Merv returns with the travel program he has made for the coming weeks to discuss this with us.
Later he shows us the way to a shopping center, where we can buy everything we need for the stay in our house.
I am happy with the house, it is fully equipped.
Today we deliver the cars in Auckland at the shipper’s yard.
We get up early and before we leave Chris and Erin in Glenbrook, Chris and Dirk still clean the radiator of the Model T. There are all bees and other flying pests that absolutely can not go to Australia.
Together with Trudy Chris drives the route to Auckland of about 40 km. in the Landrover. Trudy is happy that she does not have to drive.
Dirk drives in the Model; it goes like a spear with the new carburetor on it.
With a speed of more than 90 km. they drive on the highway.
Phil Gibbs from the shipping company receives us warmly. The Model T is stripped of the last New Zealand grass tips, but the Landrover will have to be thoroughly cleaned with a high-pressure sprayer.
We say goodbye to our cars that have piloted us through New Zealand without problems. We also say goodbye to Chris, who has helped us tremendously well in the last few days.
goodbye to Chris 1
Goodbye to Chris 2
The New Zealand team
New Zealand goodbye: it was a wonderful trip with wonderful encounters.
This is my last report because it is the last day of this memorable journey for us.
When we were with Eddie Buckley on March 13, I was moved by a statement from their oldest daughter Lilith. She looked with Trudy in her “memory book”. A book filled with photographs of small events from her short life. Half of it was still empty. Trudy said “these are still empty” to which Lilith said “I need more memories”. I need more memories. Then I thought of our journey and the memories it brought to us, many memories.
The smell of the Landrover, the feeling of the smooth steering wheel in my hand, the panoramas, the hospitable people, the climate and our view of the back of the Model T. Our journey together with Trudy and Dirk as a small part of their great company was adventurous and challenging. With four of us we have traveled all those kilometers in harmony for which we want to thank them. In the English translation, some mistakes will undoubtedly have crept. As long as the reader understands what we wanted to tell, our goal has been achieved.
The sequel is now in the hands of the next team. We wish them a lot of success and creativity.
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