Ford Explorer To Darwin 1999
Photography by Rod Eime and John Grote/Fotoworld Image Cache


The release of the 1999 Ford Explorer 4WD and Darwin's round of the V8 Supercar championship was a happy coincidence.

Ford Marketing, through Mr Peter Aldridge, kindly arranged a vehicle for us - straight off the boat! Adam Gillies pushed it through pre-delivery and it arrived just in time for us to leave on Friday May 28.

Sydney - Birdsville - Alice Springs - Darwin - Cape Crawford - Mt Isa - Sydney

Fourteen days and nearly 10,000 km later, we're back in Sydney with a swag of editorial and pictorial material.

There are just so many people to thank. For starters ...

Steve Fraser at the NRMA and Ric Williams at Bushdriver for agreeing to consider material for publication.

John Grote at Fotoworld for help with photography.

The enthusiastic tourism offices at Alice Springs (Diane), Tennant Creek (Joan), Katherine (Sharyn) and Darwin (Paula).

And the many many others who simply offered their time and expertise.

I will endevour to keep everyone in touch about material appearing in print and on the 'net. If you think anybody else out there should know or could use material, please email me.

Kind regards,

Rod Eime