Hi Bob Lamond is my name and I love long distance driving of veteran cars - pre 1918
In 2014 I am driving my 1917 T Roadster 8,000kms -Mudgee (my home Town) to Adeaide to Darwin and back to Mudgee - 8,004 kms
I welcome any T owner to join in on this run. You handle all your own costs
Have a great Montana 500
Bob Lamond email@example.com
Hi Bob, now that's a lot of K's to do with mostly looking at nothing much more than sand, have you toured that route before? I have twice, although in modern vehicles, what time of the year are you setting off and I'm assuming the Port Augusta to Darwin leg of the trip will be same way up and back to stay on sealed road.
I see by your profile you are retired so maybe no time limit on the trip other than to avoid getting to the top-end before the wet season? Please post your itinerary for the trip.
Hi Kerry and Bob, Bob can I say that a group of us did the run from Sydney to Adelaide then to port Augusta via Corn and then down the rocket range at Woomera and many off the beaten track roads to the rock then back with tar on the main road or sand and rocks to Spuds road house then into Alice Springs and we needed fuel on a support vehicle as there is a few sections that is more that a standard T tank can go. The other thing that you will find on the south road is that you are going up hill all the way but you will never see this in a modern vehicle and the road camber will wear a set of front tires out very quickly as you will be holding the wheel to the right to stay on the road. I wont even comment on the road trains.
I know a few of the Sydney T club drove right around and had a good time so you should ask them about what you will run into... Ray
We'll want to see pictures, of course.
Steve, the south road is some thing you would not believe, in a T the horizon can be seen as a curve either side of the road ahead which is shimmering with the heat, there are no trees or people any were to be seen and most of the time there are no clouds, just blue sky but then from nowhere you will see cattle or a camel near the road or dead on the road as road trains dont stop for any thing. its like death valley with no mountains around it but its just great to drive through in a T and I would do it again if I was able... Ray
Here is my car at the Olga's, this name comes from the tallest peak there, Mt. Olga. a great place to feed Dingo's and I picked up a new mechanic by the road but he was dead slow on the job.. Ray
Good lord man...hahahaha! And you even put a wrench in its "hand".
Good to see you on the forum! I did not know you had a Model T. I have followed your interest in recreating Francis Birtles historic motoring trips in your Brush. does your next trip have any association with what Birtles did in his T or just something you have planned. Sadly I missed an opportunity this year to recreate the trip Birtles did in 1913 from Melbourne to the Gulf. Lots of other Model T stuff on this year including a National Tour in the USA and the Australian National at the Barossa so had to shelve any Birtles plans! Still would love to do a long haul in a T some day! I'm sure there will be plenty of interest in tagging along or doing parts of your trip. Keep us updated.
Hello Bob. Best of luck for your exciting journey. My wife and I have just returned from a short two week excursion from home (South Gippsland)to Alice Springs, then returning via Quorn, Hawker, Peterborough, then on to Broken Hill and home again. Round trip nearly 4,000 miles. Not having a T we had to go in a modern car- this one.
I am in the middle of writing up a story of the journey and will post a link here to it when finished.