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Little Classics News: 14 November 2013

Vintage Adventurer Has Second Crack at World Record

Rod Wade Vintage AdventurerLast month we reported on Vintage Adventurer Rod Wade who was attempting set a new world record by driving a pre-war car from New York to California in under 60 hours.

Setting off just after midnight on the 14th October, the car kept going strong until the 38 hour mark, just outside of Amarillo, Texas. The 1930 Ford Model A crankshaft broke, meaning it was beyond repair for that attempt.

However, in true record breaking spirit, Rod and his co-driver Michael Flanders will make a second attempt on the 2,947mile journey, departing Staten Island at 00:01am on Friday November 22nd with the aim of reaching Venice Fishing Pier in under 60 hours, giving an estimated arrival time of the morning of Sunday November 24th.

The pair will be supported by a 1988 Plymouth retired police car that will act as a media vehicle. The police car will carry parts and spares as well as New Jersey garage owner and photographer Ricardo Da Cruz, Pennsylvania engine builder Ora Landis and the team’s media manager Andrea Seed from England.

Vintage Adventurer support police carPrior to the start of the challenge, Rod will fill a bottle with water from the Atlantic Ocean that will then be poured into the Pacific Ocean upon arrival at Venice Beach, Los Angeles, hence the title “Ocean to Ocean Challenge – America”. That’s when the clock will stop and a new world record will be set.

Rod said: “We were devastated when the previous attempt failed but it did two things – taught us a few lessons that have helped us plan the second attempt and made us more determined than ever to get the record set!”

The whole reason for setting the World record is to raise awareness and funds to support kidney disease suffers in the USA and the American Kidney Fund. With kidney disease affecting Rod’s wife and daughter, he has raised thousands of dollars for Kidney Health Australia (KHA) and now is looking to support kidney sufferers in the USA.

The Ocean 2 Ocean Challenge USA pays homage to H. Nelson Jackson and Sewall K. Crocker, the first to drive coast-to-coast across America 110 years ago.

For more information on the Ocean to Ocean Challenge, the Vintage Adventurer and the latest updates, visit www.vintageadventurer.com.



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