Meet the Dutch couple Dirk and Trudy Regter that are travelling the world in a 100-year old Ford Model T.
Meet the Dutch couple Dirk and Trudy Regter who are travelling the world in a 100-year old Ford Model T.
The epic journey started in 2012 when Dirk and Trudy covered 14,000 miles (22,000 kilometers) from Edam (Netherlands) to Cape Town (South Africa) and continued a year later when they moved to the United States and Canada for another 17,000 miles (28,000 km) in 180 days. The final stage of their world tour took place in 2014 when the Regsters visited South America for 180 days and 16,000 miles (26,000 km).
“In Africa we had to weld a broken front wheel at the local blacksmith,” Dirk comments. “I'm pretty handy and a screwdriver, hammer, some duct tape, tie wraps, and tensioning straps go a long way.”
Unfortunately, in 2014 on a trip to Belgium, the Model T with its original 3.0-liter petrol engine was hit by a truck on the motorway, but luckily both Trudy and Dirk escaped the accident with minor injuries. The vehicle was heavily damaged with major damage to the front and rear axles.
Still, the couple is planning to restore the car and hit the road again later this year to visit New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, and India. The grand finale will take place in 2017 through Central Europe.