The Model T World Tour Story

In the Summer of 2012 Dirk and Trudy Regter from the Netherlands started a journey in their 1915 Ford Model T, visiting over 50 countries covering all the continents of the world.

This journey of approx. 80,000 miles (125,000 kilometres) is being made in order to raise money to support the worldwide work of SOS Children’s villages International. Local contribution will of course be highly appreciated.

Follow Dirk and Trudy as they conquer the World in their Model T, raising money for orphans, with SOS Children’s Villages International.

The Model T World Tour Visits Taree

On Wednesday 11th April 2018, the Model T World Tour rolled in to Taree.

I had the honour of Dirk and Trudy Regter, and their support crew staying at my house during their visit. Prime7 News and NBN News both filmed interviews for their respective bulletins (which are featured in this video).

Later, I treated the Model T crew to a delicious meal at Sailos Restaurant, and then it was on to Club Taree for Taree Historic Motor Club’s monthly meeting, where Dirk presented a big-screen presentation about the Model T World Tour.

The following morning, the team set off for Singleton, Sydney and beyond…

Dirk and Trudy, it was a pleasure hosting you guys at my home, have a safe journey and I hope to see you guys again in the future.

You can read more about the World Tour on my website. There’s also some videos of Dirk and Trudy’s visit to Taree.
Dirk also maintains an extensive blog of the progress of the World Tour. Click here to read the entry for April 2018, when the team stayed at my home.

Mitch Taylor



The Harrington Festival and Fireworks runs from Monday, 1st January 2024 to Sunday, 7th January 2024, with activities for all ages.

On Sunday, we had the classic car show and parade at the Shoreline Tavern, which included Taree Historic Motor Club, Great Lakes Historic Automobile Club, Taree Antique and Classic Car Club, Manning Valley Cruzers; and DONK (De Olde Nabiac Klub). There were also a few cars present from Port Macquarie. A total of approximately 100 cars attended.

The weather was sensational, mostly clear skies and non-stop sunshine – many appeared to be hunting out the shady areas or the air-conditioning of their cars, those that were modern enough! Afterwards, some members opted to have lunch at the Shoreline Tavern nearby, while others made other arrangements.



The Great Lakes Historic Automobile Club Christmas Party was a great success, with approximately 70 people attending.

The photos can be viewed here.

Many thanks to all those who attended, on behalf of the Great Lakes Historic Automobile Club, the management team would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year 2024.

Please note, there is no January meeting, so we’ll see you at the February meeting on Wednesday 7th February 2024. Due to the upcoming renovations at Tuncurry Beach Bowling Club, the meeting venue will be announced via email in due course.



Great Lakes Historic Automobile Club members are invited to attend a Club sponsored barbecue.
Members are asked to bring their own plates, cutlery and drinks.
Come and spend some time with your fellow Club members, share some stories and enjoy a snag or three!

When: From 5pm, Friday 24th November, 2023
Where: The Bullring, Main Beach, Forster.