Update: ....Well.....with encouragement from Clarence Merko and myself the local newspaper "The Chronicle Journal" did a bang-up job in the Wednesday Aug. 28, 2013 paper....one week after their arrival. Thanks to Greg Giddens at the CJ.
Dirk and Trudy Regter from Holland have taken upon themselves to tour the world in a 1915 Ford Model T Touring to raise funds for a wonderful cause, the SOS Children's Villages "a loving home for every child".
I had a "head's up" from George Rogers in Winnipeg that the tour would be passing through Thunder Bay from Thursday Aug 22 through Monday Aug 26. I had called Clarence Merko and a few members of the Lakehead Antique Car Club and others locally to help with the welcome. The car was at the local cruise night sponsored by Canadian Tire on this past Thursday evening, to the joy of everyone in attendance.
Here is a photo of Dirk and Trudy taken on Aug.22.
For some insight on what the SOS Children's Villages is all about, click on these 2 separate links then come back to see the rest of the photos and story.
|This is the driver's side of Dirk's Ford Model T showing some equipment used on the long journey.|
You can follow Dirk and Trudy on the Model T World Tour Website here http://www.tfordworldtour.org/
...and if you feel you'd like to make a donation to their cause you can do so on their website!!
|The decals and medallions are from different clubs and organizations during their tour.|
|Here is Dirk placing a decal on his windshield from a local car club - the NOCC.|
|A front shot of the car.|
|One final thumbs up photo from Dirk and Trudy.|
As you will see when you read the links above, this is an incredibly worthwhile endeavor and all the car guys and gals in Thunder Bay salute Dirk and Trudy for what they have accomplished and wish them well on the rest of their three year journey. If you have time and if they are there, go say hello to Dirk and Trudy at the Trowbridge Falls Campground. As far as I know they are leaving for the east on Monday morning, Aug 26, 2013. NOTE: With a change of plans, Dirk, Trudy and their new crew Barry and Dennis will leave Monday Sept. 2, 2013 for Chicago and St. Louis, and hopefully return to Canada at a later date.
ONE FINAL ADDITION TO THIS POST AS FOLLOWS:
Dirk Regter's Model T is getting him in places. While touring in California Jay Leno hopped on board and had Dirk explain to him about the alterations he made to make the Model T a highly reliable world travelling machine. They had a great time when Jay gave the Model T Worldtour team a private tour in his well appointed Garage. He owns almost anything and everything you can imagine on wheels. A slightly painful moment came up when Jay became really excited and made Dirk an offer on his high end Model T. Dirk promptly said, "Well a man can't own everything...."