Vintage Adventurer Rod Wade gets back on the road

The Australian Ocean To Ocean Challenge

Rod WadeVintage Adventurer Rod Wade is getting back behind the wheel as he attempts to drive across Australia – and back again – in less than 100 hours in another fundraising challenge.

The Ocean to Ocean Australia Challenge will see Queenslanders Rod, aged 71 and co-driver Austen Ritchie, aged 37, depart Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, on Tuesday 3rd June, armed with a bottle filled with water from the South Pacific Ocean, in a 1930 Ford Model A, driving around 4,500 kilometres non-stop to Fremantle, Western Australia.

On arrival at Fremantle, Rod and Austen will empty the water into the Indian Ocean and tip a bucket of Gold Coast sand onto the beach before refilling the vessels with the same from the Coral Coast. Then it’s straight back on the road with the aim of arriving back at Surfers Paradise by lunchtime on Saturday 7th June, making the total distance around 9,000 kilometres.

This is not motoring enthusiast Rod’s first driving challenge as he set a world record in November last year for driving 4,734kilometres from Staten Island, New York, to Venice Beach, California, in just over 50 hours.

Rod said: “The USA challenge was just a warm up to the Australia main event. Going one-way is tough but there and back in such a short time, sticking to the legal speed limits of the road in a pre-war car, is where the real challenge is. ”

Rod’s 1930 Ford Model A is well accustomed to handling tough terrain as it also completed the Peking to Paris Rally in 2013, considered to be the world’s greatest motoring challenge, as well as completing the American challenge on its second attempt.

The ‘Ocean to Ocean Challenge Australia’ will raise money to create a fleet of ‘Kidney Kampers’ for Kidney Health Australia. These are campervans fitted with dialysis machines so those suffering from kidney disease can still have the freedom to travel away from the hospital for weekends away and short holidays. With kidney disease affecting Rod’s wife and daughter, he has raised thousands for Kidney Health Australia.

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To read about the AMG competition winner, Matthew Standing, who traversed Australian North to South click here…