Following on from the 2015 Desert Rattler Run, Vintage Adventurer Rod Wade is heading off on the second instalment of this difficult motor challenge – this time venturing from the furthest point south in Australia to the furthest point north.

Great Rattler Run 2016

Great Rattler Run 2016

The Great Rattler Run will start at Cockle Creek in the deep south of Tasmania on Sunday 16th October, and journey 8750kms to Cape York in Queensland, Australia, arriving on Tuesday 1st November.

Once again, Rod will be at the wheel of the 1929 Ford Model A that completed last year’s adventure, which is currently being rebuilt ready for what promises to be one of the most difficult drives for a car of this kind.

The route will incorporate the ‘Straits’ – Bass Strait, the sea between Tasmania and the mainland to Torres Straits the sea between Australia and Papua New Guinea.

It will also take in Melbourne, Narooma and Sydney, as well as the Tamborine Mountain in Queensland, up to Cairns, Port Douglas and as far as Bramwell.

The notorious Gun Shot Crossing, one of many river crossings that Rod and the crew will need to get through with the 1929 Model A, also features on the drive to the finish line.

Shot Gun Crossing

Shot Gun Crossing

Support vehicles will be the Landcruiser, the Rattler as used in the previous adventure, and the Fuso 4wd Mini Dakar Truck, which will have a complete rebuild for this particular trip and will carry the emergency spares.

Rod will also have a support crew travelling with him as well as a film crew to record this amazing adventure.

“The ‘Rattler Runs’ showcase the best Australian terrain,” Rod explains. “It highlights the amazing diversity of this beautiful country. So much so that we welcome participants from overseas as part of the support crew as these adventures are a great way for them to see parts of Australia that tourists wouldn’t normally plan into their visit.