Dear Model T friends,
Last Monday our dream collapsed when our 1915 Model T was damaged in a freak accident in Belgium. Trudy and me came away without serious injuries which is a miracle.
Easily cruising in Belgium with the Ford safely on the trailer behind the Landrover coming back from an event in Luxembourgh, a truck driver - nearing from behind at high speed - didn't pay attention. He smashed into the trailer, causing the combination to array with the Landrover ending on its side. Fortunately, we are all doing okay, besides some bruises and myalgia. That cannot be said for the Model T and Landrover; both total loss. After celebrating its 100 year-anniversary in February 2015, the future of our Model T is very insecure. The car carried us from Beijing to Paris in 2007; from Amsterdam to Cape Town in 2012; all the way round in the USA and Canada in 2013 and from Colombia through South America to Brazil in 2014. Already more 50,000 miles halfway round the world. At this point nothing is certain. Not the car. Not the worldtrip. We'll keep informed by our website:www.modeltworldtour.com.
Dirk & Trudy Regter
That's sad, but it can be repaired or replaced...you and your wife is another story.
Were you able to kill the driver ?
That T looks like a restoration project, not a total loss.
Well, don't forget, they are in Belgium, not in the USA, and parts & expertise are not so common there. I do wish them the best & hope they decide to repair the T.
The accident happened in Belgium but I have to assume that the car has been taken home to Holland. Never underestimate the mechanical ingenuity of Dirk Regter and his crew. If the car can be put back on the road, it will be....
I agree with Dick. I met Dirk, his Model T, and his crew in Houston at the start of his USA tour. He has done many ingenious things to that Model T Ford! I don't doubt that he will get it back on the road.
The T looks repairable to me. Glad that Dirk and Trudy are OK!
Too bad it's not over here. A few of us could jump in and help Dirk put it back right. I for one would be glad to.
p.s. -- I know that having their dream of a lifetime trip interrupted in such a violent fashion must be devastating to them both. It may be difficult to recover mentally from such an experience and even to consider resuming the trip at this time. But I hope that time and support from the Model T community will enable them to complete their mission.
I agree with Royce that the car looks repairable, and I too am glad Dirk and Trudy are OK.
Looks easily repairable.
Dirk & Trudy,
Sorry to hear this. Glad that you're okay; it could have been much much worse.
Guys, I imagine the T was secured to a trailer by straps or chains...it ended up off the trailer. I think there's a lot a damage we cannot see. It can be fixed of course but if the chassis is twisted there's a lot of work there. No doubt the insurance company will consider the T a total loss. What ends up happening may depend on the insurance company...perhaps Dirk can buy the car back from them at a low price then fix the car himself with the insurance money.
Sorry to hear your poor '15 got so beat up, but sure glad you're as OK as can be, despite the trauma, both physical and mental. Like Mike said, the mental end of it can be just as problematic as the physical. I wish you both well, and hey, get back on that horse!
Here are more photos of this accident . . .http://www.tfordworldtour.org/the-end-of-the.../2015/09/05/
Ross, count your blessings you could have been killed. We survived a rear end catastrophe in our 24 T touring on the 2013 Texas T Party. I was thrown from the car and bruised and battered but no broken bones. My wife was banged up on the leg and my daughter had some broken ribs. My 95 year old mother told Me I was lucky I was not killed every time the subject of the wreck came up. We count our blessings too!
I'm sorry for your accident, but glad you are still with us, but you need to teach that idiot a lesson he will not soon forget, so in the future he will not kill somebody through his negligence and inattentiveness and the best way to do that is to hit him where it hurts most. In the wallet. Get a good lawyer and finance the re-restoration of the T and the purchase of a brand new 2015 SUV and closed Model T trailer from the proceeds you get from suing the driver that rear ended you for all he's worth. Don't forget to take your neck braces and canes to the courtroom. You clearly have a case. All clouds have a silver lining. Jim Patrick
Jim, the accident was in Belgium and Dirk and Trudy live in Holland. Litigation there is not what it is here.
Ted, Ross is re-posting the information from Dirk and Trudy Regter in Holland. He was not in the accident himself.
There is a blind man who restores cars even though he cannot drive them. He welds by braille. If he can restore cars then that car can be repaired and the landrover too.