A retired couple from Holland are half way through a tour of the world in a 100-year-old Ford Model T.
Dirk and Trudy Regter set out on the trip in the summer of 2012 and have so far covered almost 50,000 miles, travelling through Europe, Africa, Canada, the USA and South America, all the while visiting and supporting various projects run by the international children's aid organisation: SOS – Children's Villages.
Unfortunately the Model T was involved in an accident while the couple were travelling through Europe, however they plan to continue with their route to New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia and India, before crossing the Himalayas to China, through Mongolia and eventually returning to the Netherlands via Central Europe.
Dirk inherited his passion for vintage Fords from his father and grandfather and has previously owned a 1923 Ford Model T and a 1928 Ford Model A.
He is therefore well able to maintain the couple's 1915 3.0-litre Model T, which is unaltered from its factory specification – apart from featuring larger tyres on the wooden-spoked wheels, in order to soften the ride.
Speaking of the highlights of the trip, Dirk commented: "On the border of South Africa and Botswana we met a farmer who had an old Ford Model T in the shed. He gave us a tyre off it as a gift to help us on our way.
"In Africa we had to weld a broken front wheel at the local blacksmith. I'm pretty handy, and a screwdriver, hammer, some duct tape, tie wraps and tensioning straps go a long way."
Between 1908 and 1927, Ford built 15 million Model Ts, with production starting in the US before expanding worldwide. The Ford Model T was the first model to roll off Henry Ford's revolutionary production line and owed its mass appeal to its affordability, reliability and ease of maintenance.