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03 May The Support Vehicle

There will be two support vehicles for the Ocean 2 Ocean Challenge - Australia. The first is the prototype of the Kidney Kamper and the second is a Mercedes Vito van that will act as support vehicle carrying parts and spares along with four/five crew...

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03 May Servicing Tudor Rose

[caption id="attachment_875" align="alignright" width="625"] Tudor Rose at Surfers Paradise[/caption] After not one, not two but three gruelling trips last year in the Peking to Paris Rally, the first attempt at the Ocean 2 Ocean USA and the World Record setting final journey, our 1930 Ford Model...

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03 May The Route

The route is set for what could be the most challenging of all the Ocean 2 Ocean adventures, as Rod and the Vintage Adventurer team drive from Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, to Fremantle, Western Australia. [caption id="attachment_848" align="alignright" width="700"] The Ocean 2 Ocean Oz route[/caption] We depart...

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22 Apr A new challenge on home turf

This June will see Vintage Adventurer Rod Wade undertake a new challenge on home turf - the Ocean 2 Ocean Challenge - Australia. Rod and co-driver Austen Ritchie will drive from Surfers Paradise, Queensland, to Fremantle, Western Australia, in 48-hours...

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22 Apr Overdue thanks…

There are a lot of thank you's that are long overdue from the Ocean 2 Ocean Challenge - America. People and companies who supported us in both our attempts, resulting in the new World record. [caption id="attachment_765" align="alignright" width="300"] Team O2O USA raise a glass in...

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25 Nov We did it! A Record Breaking Result!

[caption id="attachment_735" align="alignnone" width="400"] Celebrating at Venice Beach by Ricardo Da Cruz/Joman Auto Services[/caption] 50 hours 20 minutes and 6 seconds! Despite horrendous weather conditions including rain storms, extreme winds and snow, the driving duo Rod and Michael arrived much sooner than expected, reaching Venice Fishing Pier,...

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25 Nov Wide awake in Arizona

After the horrendous weather conditions in New Mexico, we expected Arizona to be much better as we headed for the sunshine state of California. What we didn't expect was to see every kind of weather known to man! There was a glimpse of sunshine before the...

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23 Nov Snow in New Mexico

After the icy conditions of Amarillo, no one expected snow fall on the route to Albuquerque. For Aussie Michael, it was the first time he'd seen snowfall in his life. Rod was nonplussed though as realising that the lack of dramas and the pace they...

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23 Nov Oh no Amarillo!

As we saw the signs for Amarillo, we held our breath. This is where the first attempt had ended in heartache. We'd already had a tip off from Jay Ramey at Autoweek (who's been a constant supporter who we are most grateful to) that Amarillo...

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23 Nov Shifting dramas…

There were no dramas as Rod and Michael headed for Columbus, Ohio, and Indiana. They waved at Zanesville, where they were delayed four hours with cooling problems on the first attempt. No dramas then...

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23 Nov And we’re off

With our support crew in tow, we departed Staten Island at 00.01am on Friday morning. Despite a power outage affecting a huge part of New Jersey, we made good time out of the city. The support crew however blamed the sat Nav when they found...

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21 Nov Why we are here…

The whole point of Rod doing motoring challenges such as the Peking to Paris Rally and the Ocean2Ocean is to raise awareness and money for kidney disease sufferers all over the world. Rod's plan is to create 'Kidney Campervans' that will be fitted with dialysis machines...

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20 Nov On the road again

Rod headed straight from Birmingham, UK to Strasburg, Pennsylvania, to collect the Ford Model A from Ora Landis at Schwalms who has been rebuilding the engine and fitting the new Scat crankshaft. He then drove straight to Joman's Auto Services in Linden, NJ, to meet up...

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20 Nov Rod heads to UK’s Classic Motor Show

Vintage Adventurer Rod Wade made a detour on his return journey to the USA for the second attempt on the Ocean2Ocean Challenge - he stopped off in the UK to visit the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at Birmingham's NEC. [caption id="attachment_696" align="alignnone" width="224"] Rod with...

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30 Oct If at first you don’t succeed…

DO IT AGAIN! Vintage Adventurer Rod Wade is making a second attempt on setting a new world record for driving a pre-war car from New York to California against the clock. [caption id="attachment_665" align="alignnone" width="300"] Vintage Adventurer Rod Wade and co-driver Michael Flanders set off from Staten...

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16 Oct Cranks for the memories…

After gaining a lot of ground after the first day's over heating problems, our Aussie adventurers had made up some time by powering through the night, reaching the Route 66 parkway at first light. Spirits were high as the team got to Oklahoma City and onto...

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16 Oct Hotting up on Day One

Rod and Michael got off to a great start out of Staten Island but it wasn't just our drivers hot on the trail of a world record. The car was running very hot too. At first the fellas put it down to the full fuel...

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