It’s not money that makes the world go around – it’s actually a Model T Ford.

Well it is if you are Dirk and Trudy Regter. The Dutch couple have spent three years driving more than 50,000 miles around the world in a century-old Ford which they bought nearly 20 years ago.

After retiring the grandparents, who live in Edam, decided they wanted an adventure and what better than to see the world in a vintage car? The trip was split across several continents as well as several years. In 2012, the intrepid pair travelled through Africa, racking up 14,000 miles in just six months, visiting Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia, before arriving in Cape Town.

Despite the challenging conditions, the Model T proved emerged from the gruelling trip with no mechanical issues.

The following year they visited Canada and the USA, home of the Model T of course, and this time covered 17,000 miles. As in Africa, the Model T demonstrated its reliability - suffering a broken alternator and one flat tyre.

In 2014 Model T covered a further 16,000 through South America, driving the through Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Brazil.

While the trips have been for pleasure, they have also been a managed to raise funds for charity. During this period the couple has raised almost £30,000 for SOS Children's villages International, a charity which helps orphans around the world.

The Model T has a three-litre petrol engine, giving it a top speed of around 40mph.

Dirk and Trudy's Model T is entirely original. The only exception is the tyres, which are slightly larger to improve the quality of the ride, although the spokes on the wheels are wooden in a nod to the cars antique heritage.

Dirk, a retired architect said: 'My wife and me had the idea to make a long trip but couldn't make a decision so we said let's do the whole world.

'A lot of people said you are crazy, why do you do that? But it gets a lot of attention and we need the attention to raise money for orphaned children worldwide.

Further plans are in place for Dirk and Trudy to travel through New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, and India, crossing the Himalayas to China, through Mongolia and back to the Netherlands via Central Europe.

The Ford Model T was the world's first mass produced car, with 15 million made around the world between 1908 and 1927.

By Tracey McBain