A retired Dutch couple have been traveling the world for four years in their 1915 Ford T. The Regters began their journey in the summer of 2012. The couple covered 22.000 kilometers in 180 days during the first leg of the journey, which took them from his home in the Dutch town of Edam to Cape Town in South Africa.
In 2013, the couple crossed the United States and Canada, traveling 22 states and 28.000 kilometers during 180 days of travel. In 2014 they covered another 26.000 kilometers through South America in another 180 days.
So far, the intrepid couple has traveled almost 80.000 kilometers visiting and supporting various projects promoted by the international children's aid organization SOS-Children's Villages.
During 2016 and 2017 they plan to continue their journey through New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia and India, crossing the Himalayas to China, through Mongolia and back to the Netherlands through Central Europe.
The Regters have owned the 1915 Ford T since 1997. Previously, Dirk owned a 1923 Ford T and a 1928 Model A Ford. His passion for vintage Ford vehicles comes from his father and his Grandpa.
Ford built 15 million Model T units between 1908 and 1927. Production began in the United States, but soon expanded around the world, including manufacturing plants in Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
The Regter's Ford T features a 3.0-liter gasoline engine and the same specs as when it left the factory in 1915, plus larger tires for the wood-spoke wheels, which make the ride smoother and more bearable on long runs.
A set of tires can last about 15.000 kilometers on normal roads, but many can last less on some of the unpaved roads the Regters have traveled in regions like Africa and South America.
Regarding the various vicissitudes they have suffered on their long journey, two anecdotes have stood out: the welding of a front wheel in Africa by the local blacksmith and the gift of a spare one from a farmer on the border between South Africa and Botswana.