The first miles in Australia.

Report April 6
By Dirk

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.

just released

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!!!

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Rattle the tin.

Report 5 April
By Dirk

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.

Mervin and Dirk


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Australia here we come !!

Report 20 March
By Trudy

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.

travel program


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.


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New Zealand goodbye

Report 19 March
By Dirk

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.

driven route

goodbye to Chris 1

Goodbye to Chris 2

The New Zealand team

New Zealand goodbye: it was a wonderful trip with wonderful encounters.

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Report 18 March
By Steef

To the reader

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.

a junction

Steef and Greetje Reilingh.

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The last days with Steef en Greetje in New Zealand.

Report March 17 and 18
By Trudy

Saturday, March 17th

Chris and Dirk check whether the float of the new carburetor is still leaking. He does not leak anymore so this renewal has been approved by the mechanics.

down under

Meanwhile, there are still visitors from Pukekohe and the neighbor.

good morning 1

goodmorning 2

There is a lot of talk about the Model T.

T-talking 1

T-talking 2

Niel Cremer (president of the New Zealand Model T-Ford Club) and his wife Lucy come to pick us up to show Auckland.
Auckland is a big city with, among other things, a huge bridge, a large harbor and busy shopping streets. After all traveling through rural New Zealand, this is a different face.

skyline of Auckland

When we are back again the men make a ride in our Model T.



Then we say goodbye to Niel and Lucy and thank them for the introduction to Auckland.

Together with Neil and Lucy


Sunday, March 18th

In the Model T Dirk goes with Quinten, Chris, Leon and Zed to the old-timer show in Karaka. Today I can join Steef and Greetje in the LandRover.
The Model T drives with 5 men as a beast in the mountains with the new carburetor.
We have a lot of visitors at the show and Quinten is happy sitting in the Model T.

presentation (

on the show in Karaka

When we are back Dirk gets the white tires from the T-Ford and gives them to Quinten. He would very much like white tires on his Model T 1913, which he is restoring together with Chris.

tires for Quinten

And then it is so far that we have to say goodbye to our first team of this trip. Steef and Greetje Reilingh. Thank you very much for your efforts. We have had a wonderful trip together and a beautiful time.

depart Steef en Greetje


The shuttle bus takes them to the airport.
In the evening, Dirk gets a present of Quiten, a home made chest of kouri wood. According to Quinten, the wood is thousands of years old.
Very special, thank you very much.



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A day at the family campsite Lawrence

Report 16 maart
By Trudy

It is a wonderful quiet place. Occasionally you can hear the train.
In the morning Bryan and Lorraine leave but first the cars of Chris and Quinten are viewed. There is still a lot of work to do here.

work to do 1

work to do 2

work to do 3

The men almost do not stop talking.

in the manscave

We have a lovely spot for the delicious breakfast that Greetje has made for us.


Leon goes to school, not by bus, but is brought by his father in the Mode T Sedan.

to school in the Model T

Chris’s friends come to see our Model T and take potatoes, pizza bread and vegetables with them.
Dirk has a wonderful workplace. He wants to refresh the oil of the gearbox and the cardan before we start our journey in Australia. With Chris’s workshop, everything is at hand.
There is still time for Jana, reporter of the regional newspaper. He comes for an interview and makes some pictures.
Steef has made an office under the awning. Dry and in the shade and cozy close to the workshop of Chris and Dirk.

office and workshop

Greetje and Steef go with Erin to Pukekohe to do some shopping. Greetje cooks tonight for everyone, so she has to buy some ingredients.


In the meantime, Trudy marks the route that has been driven.

driven roads

Chris has a special carburetor on his Model T Sedan. He takes it off and they build it on Dirk’s Model T. It is a straight through carburetor. The test drive yields two radiant men. The Model T drives like a spear and is stronger up the mountain. That way we can do Australia in 3 months! “Dirk says laughing.

carburettor 1

carburettor 2

In the evening we eat delicious from the meal that Greetje made with the bought and received vegetables.
The boys have also set up a tent and are going to sleep in the tent with the three of us tonight.
We have a nice evening with stories, music , beer and wine and lots of stars in the air.


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A day full of encounters.

Report 15 maart
By Trudy

During the club night last night, we met David Nordell, who invited us to come and drink coffee this morning and visit his Bugatti garage.

David and Dirk

Under the coffee arrived the reporter from the local newspaper and did his best to make beautiful pictures.



Steef looked at the engine of a Bugatti and saw that it was very busy “under the bonnet” compared to “under the hood” at the T-Ford.

under the bonnet

We leave and on the way the drive axle of the Model T gets a little extra grease from Dirk.

on the road again

extra grease

We go on winding roads to Glenbrook, where Chris Lawrence lives.

winding roads

A Model T is parked at the entrance of Chris’s driveway. That way we can not miss his house.

Chris and Dirk

How wonderful to be able to camp here between all those cars, Steef counted 13.
Chris and Erin and Grandpa Quinten told us that as a surprise Bryan and Lorainne Cossey are coming to camp tonight. Bryan really wanted to see the Model T-Ford.

special made


Outside in the neighborhood of the Model T we are offered a delicious barbecue.




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Day with an unexpected meeting in Cambridge.

Report 14 March
By Trudy

The care of the Model Tis more extensive today than in recent days. After the lubrication of all points and various controls now also the crosswise changing of the tires. This because of the wear of the tyres. Fortunately we have a Model T with demountable rims.

tire change

Then we have breakfast with Eddie and Suzanne. Surprise breakfast on the barbecue.


Before we take the mapped route to Auckland, Eddie shows us some highlights of the area.
Including the watercourse and the Huka Falls. When we walk there, we feel like real tourists. I could buy beautiful cards there to send to the grandchildren.

Huka Falls

During the coffee break, Dirk tightened the wheel nuts.

check the nuts

We took pictures at the Waikato River.

Model T


We drive past mountains and a beautiful landscape. The Model T disappears in green.
A search image for the tracking team.

Model T in country side

Our plan was to camp in Te Awamutu but there was no camp site. In Cambridge there is one so only 20 driving. That was very worthwhile. When we arrived at the campsite, Dirk called Bryan Cossey, a Model T guy who lives there. There was just one evening of the Veteran and Vintage Car Club Waikato. We jumped into the Model T again to go there. A challenge. In the dark it is not easy to be a co-driver.


At the club Dirk gave a short presentation and then the Model T was admired.


Bryan took us to his house and showed us his Model T. He had an accident and was now completely rebuilding the T-Ford.

Bryans Model T

Stories were told back. Bryan called with Chris Lawerenc, a Model T man in Glenbrook, about 230 km. from where we are now and on our route to Auckland.
We agreed with Chris that we would come to him tomorrow.



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Up to the south to Lake Taupo

Report March 13
By Trudy

After a delicious breakfast at Jim and Kaaren Smylie we go to the clubhouse of the Bay of Plenty Vintage Car Club for the “morning tea”.

morning tea at the club

The Model T can now be admired.
From Mr. V.D Hoven we get the book he wrote about Rosie Sudiebaker.

We say goodbye and head south along Lake Rotorua. We’re lucky, it rained so hard yesterday and tonight that the clouds are empty and the sun is shining again.
The Buckley family invited us through friends in Edam and in the beginning of the afternoon we drive up their driveway. The grandchildren of Eddie and Suzanne are also there and I am enjoying myself with the children.


We look at the spot on the mountain where they are going to build a house. From this mountain you look at the Lake Taupo.

lake Taupo

Dirk tells the story of Piggelmee to Millie. She listens but if she understands it !?


In the evening Eddie and Dirk view the route towards Auckland. He shows us a good route on quiet roads.



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