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Little Classics News: 25 November 2013

New World Record in 1930 Ford

Rod Wade and Michael Flanders with 1930 Ford Model AVintage 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: 50 hours, 20 minutes and 6 seconds.

Rod Wade Vintage Adventurer World RecordAustralians Rod and Michael began the 3,000 miles journey in their 1930 Ford Model A at Staten Island at 00:01am on Friday 22nd November with the aim of reaching Venice Fishing Pier in around 60 hours, giving an estimated arrival time of the morning of Sunday 24th November.

Rod Wade 1930 Ford Model A in snowDespite horrendous weather conditions, including rain storms, extreme winds and snow, the driving duo arrived much sooner than expected, reaching Venice Fishing Pier, Venice Beach, just after 11.15pm on Saturday evening (23rd Nov).

Rod Wade with Ford Model A at duskThe 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 Ro 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!”

Rod Wade Vintage Adventurer Ford Model ANext time will in fact see the Vintage Adventurer team take on the Ocean to Ocean Australia, driving from Queensland to Freemantle but also make 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 Wade Vintage Adventurer in desertRod 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 weren’t the only one making records as the team’s support vehicle, a 1988 Plymouth retired police car also made the journey with them, creating a new post war car world record. 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, completed the same journey in 50hrs, 13mins and 38secs.

For more information on the Ocean to Ocean Challenge, the Vintage Adventurer and the latest updates, visit


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