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With Deputy Mayor Josh Wilson at Freo

05 Jun Frantically to Freo

Our middle-of-the-night breakdowns had put us around four hours behind as the paced slowed to let the engine settle back down again. It was going to be impossible to arrive at the planned 8am and to spend an hour with Deputy Mayor Josh Wilson to...

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Fixing the car in the Nullabor

05 Jun Nightmare on the Nullarbor

On the road Day two started well, with good times and miles being racked up as we passed through small towns and villages. The crews found their rhythm and jumped to attention any time its looked like Rod and the Tudor Rose were in trouble....

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05 Jun On the road to Freo

[caption id="attachment_1047" align="alignleft" width="1549"] Making tracks[/caption] Considering its Australia’s winter, the Esplanade of Surfers Paradise was scorching as Vintage Adventurer Rod Wade began the next instalment of his Ocean 2 Ocean challenges, this time on home soil. Leaving the soft sand of the Gold Coast at 10am...

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02 Jun Keep on track

You will be able to follow our journey and progress via our GoTek7 tracker. Just go to the Prime Login page and use the number 225421. Satellite willing, you'll be able to see exactly where we are at all times. So if we're passing where...

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02 Jun Busy busy busy

The past few days have been manic, getting the Ford Model A aka Tudor Rose ready as well as making sure the support vehicles and crew are all prepped and ready for action. On Sunday morning the whole Ocean 2 Ocean Australia crew got together to...

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28 May On the dyno – 7 days to go

The Tudor Rose, now all rebuilt and back in full working order, had its final test today when it was put on a dyno to see how she would fair under pressure and to be sure she was tuned for maximum output for minimum load.. [caption id="attachment_996"...

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24 May Drama with 9 days to go!

On Saturday co-driver Austen and crew member Darran came to help with the preparation of the Kidney Kamper for WiFi, the Vito for driving lights etc. Then it was onto Tudor Rose, Austen and Rod were fitting door seals and rubbers and were rattle hunting. All...

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21 May Test driving Tudor Rose

We did a 600k drive at the weekend in the Tudor Rose and took some footage from inside the car with my small camera. The car went OK, better than across the US actually and it will have to to make it there and back. Austen drove great for...

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20 May RIP Sir Jack Brabham

On Monday morning we lost a great Australian motor racing icon, if not the greatest ever in the motor racing world, Sir Jack Brabham. Many people may not know that Jack spend a good deal of his later years strapped to a kidney dialysis machine for...

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18 May Tweaks for Tudor Rose

Matt from MD Electrical is brilliant at what he does. Matt wired the electrics for the fans and water pump in Tudor Rose and he also wired up the new CREE LED driving lights on Tudor Rose and the two Mercedes support vans. In all...

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18 May Our new sponsor

Thanks to co-driver Austen Ritchie and his family business Austen Ritchie Builder for coming on board as our latest sponsor. Austen and his team build award-winning prestige homes all over Queensland. [caption id="attachment_944" align="alignleft" width="300"] Austen Ritchie Builder[/caption]    ...

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10 May Kidney Kamper Comfort

One of the final pieces of the jigsaw for the Kidney Kamper fit out was to have the special medical foam mattresses cut to size, covered and fitted. It took days to find someone that would alter the two mattresses that came with the electric beds. When Rod called...

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10 May A good view!

If you own a vintage or classic car you will know how difficult it can be to find a replacement screen. Rod needed a screen and hunted for hours before he came across Tom Robertson from www.windscreensforcars.com.au.  Tom was quick on the job, located a screen and fitting...

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10 May The first test drive…

On Sunday 4th May, Rod and Austen took the Ford Model A aka Tudor Rose for the first run half way to Brisbane and back after re-fitting the front seats and seat belts, and refitting the floor boards (yep they are boards, no metal floors in...

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04 May Australia – The Greatest Challenge

The more I think about the Ocean 2 Ocean OZ the greater the 'Challenge' becomes. This is going to be the most difficult of all challenges because of the extreme weather conditions, strong head winds across the Nullarbor, the minus night time temperatures and the...

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03 May The Kidney Kamper ‘Prototype’

Rod Wade has commissioned the first 'prototype' of the Kidney Kamper, using a Mercedes Benz Sprinter. The Sprinter has been completely transformed by Nicola and Steve at Whatever Queensland and will get its first proper run out when its used as the media vehicle for...

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