The duo took a pre war 1930 Ford Model across USA, from New York to Los Angeles in a matter of 50 hours, 20 minutes and 6 seconds in what can be termed as the worst of weather condition. The duo commenced the 3000 miles journey from Staten Island at 00.01 am on Friday, November 22nd. Despite having to contend with freezing rain storms, lashing winds and snow, they managed to arrive at Venice Fishing Pier on Venice Beach well before appointed time, at 11.15 pm on 23rd November.
This world record was conducted to create awareness and raise funds in support of sufferers of kidney related diseases the world over. Rod’s wife and daughter are both affected by this dreaded diseases due to which he has raised several thousand dollars for kidney charities while Kidney Kamper has also been initiated by Wade and his family.
All money collected will be used to outfit RV and campervans with dialysis machines to help those in need of dialysis that have to be in close proximity to either their homes, clinic or hospitals. The next time this Vintage Adventurer team will be taking off on an Ocean to Ocean Australia drive from Queensland to Freemantle and a return journey which is scheduled for June 2014. For more details scroll through the press release below.
NEW WORLD RECORD SET FOR PRE WAR CAR DRIVING NON STOP ACROSS USA
Vintage Adventurer Rod Wade and co-driver Michael Flanders have created a new World record for driving a pre-war car across the USA, from New York to Los Angeles in 50 hours, 20 minutes and 6 seconds.
Australians Rod and Michael began the 3,000 miles journey in their 1930 Ford Model A at Staten Island at 00:01am on Friday November 22nd with the aim of reaching Venice Fishing Pier in around 60 hours, giving an estimated arrival time of the morning of Sunday November 24th.
Despite horrendous weather conditions including rain storms, extreme winds and snow through New Mexico, the driving duo arrived much sooner than expected, reaching Venice Fishing Pier, Venice Beach, just after 11.15pm on Saturday evening (23rd Nov).
The team experienced the worst of the turbulent weather in Amarillo, the place where the Model A suffered a broken crankshaft after 38 hours of driving in an earlier attempt in October of this year. The freezing rain, fog and snow forced Rod and Michael to stop every two miles to clear the windscreen of ice as there is no heated windscreen in the classic car.
On arriving at Venice Fishing Pier, Rod said: “I can’t believe we got here in such a good time. It got scary through Amarillo again but we battled on. If it wasn’t for the weather conditions, we would have done it on 40’odd hours. Maybe next time!”
Next time will in fact see the Vintage Adventurer team take on the Ocean to Ocean Australia, driving from Queensland to Freemantle but also making the return journey. This is scheduled for June 2014.
The whole reason for setting the World record is to raise awareness and funds to support kidney disease suffers all over the world. With kidney disease affecting Rod’s wife and daughter, he has raised thousands of dollars for kidney charities and the Wade family has just commissioned the first ‘Kidney Kamper’ to get the ball rolling.
Rod added: “The money we raise will allow us to outfit RVs and campervans with dialysis machines so people requiring dialysis can have a little personal freedom to travel and enjoy life, instead of needing to be constantly within reach of a machine at their home, clinic, or hospital.”
Rod and Michael were accompanied by the team’s support vehicle – a 1988 Plymouth retired police car that also made the journey with them. The support crew was made up of engine builder Ora Landis of Schwalms, Ricardo Da Cruz as lead mechanic/photographer, both from the USA. Arron Hage from Australia’s Network 7 and UK media manager Andrea Seed.
For more information on the Ocean to Ocean Challenge, the Vintage Adventurer and the latest updates, visit www.vintageadventurer.com.