Australians Rod and Michael began the 3,000 miles journey in their 1930 Ford Model A at Staten Island at 00:01am on Friday November 22nd with the aim of reaching Venice Fishing Pier in around 60 hours, giving an estimated arrival time of the morning of Sunday November 24th.
Despite horrendous weather conditions including rain storms, extreme winds and snow through New Mexico, the driving duo arrived much sooner than expected, reaching Venice Fishing Pier, Venice Beach, just after 11.15pm on Saturday evening (23rd Nov).
The team experienced the worst of the turbulent weather in Amarillo, where freezing rain, fog and snow forced them to stop every couple of miles to clear the windscreen of ice as there is no heated windscreen in this classic Ford.
On arriving at Venice Fishing Pier, Rod said: “I can’t believe we got here in such a good time. It got scary through Amarillo again but we battled on. If it wasn’t for the weather conditions, we would have done it on 40’odd hours. Maybe next time!”
In setting the World record, the duo aimed to raise awareness and funds in support of kidney disease sufferers around the world. A cause close to Rod’s heart, with kidney disease affecting Rod’s wife and daughter, “The money we raise will allow us to outfit RVs and campervans with dialysis machines so people requiring dialysis can have a little personal freedom to travel and enjoy life, instead of needing to be constantly within reach of a machine at their home, clinic, or hospital.”
For more information visit www.vintageadventurer.com.