Man From Holland Driving Model T Around the World, Stops in Bryan

By: Shane McAuliffe Email
By: Shane McAuliffe Email

Dirk Regter hails from Holland, but he hasn't seen much of home in the past few years.

"People are amazed that we're making a trip like this with an old car like this," said Dirk pointing to his old Ford.

Dirk, his wife Trudy, and a couple of friends are making a trek around the world in a 1915 Model T Ford.

"Most people will ask, why don't you do this with a modern four wheel drive car? Well, I want to do it with my Model T," said Regter.

Dirk is doing this for two reasons-adventure and to raise money for SOS Children's Villages, a group that helps children around the world.

The first leg of Dirk's trip got started in 2012 when he drove from Holland all the way to the South African coast.

"In Africa we met crazy people and all sorts of wildlife," said Regter.

This year he's taking his Ford around the North America Continent and plans to be back in Houston by Christmas.

"Here in America and Canada, the roads a very good so I don't think I'll have any problems here," said Regter.

"When we found out he was coming to the United States and shipping his car to Houston, we immediately invited them to stay with us," said Nancy Hardeman.

Hardeman and her husband Ben own Texas T Parts in Bryan, a company that builds part for the Model T. They've worked on these cars their whole lives and when they heard about Dirk's trip to the states, they rolled out the red carpet.

"I think they are amazingly brave," said Hardeman.

Dirk and his team have everything they need for this trek that will take them 50,000 miles around the world, 45 miles an hour at a time. But repairs on the car are easy and the company isn't so bad either.

"I can manage the trip only with the Model T I think," joked Regter.

In 2014, Dirk will take his Ford south through Central and South America and in 2015 he'll drive from New Zealand all the way back home to Holland.

If you'd like to see videos from his travels, donate to his cause, or learn more about SOS Children's Villages, we've got a link to his website below.

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