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Soccer Fan Drives from San Francisco to Brazil for 2014 World Cup
NBC Bay Area ^ | Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014

Posted on 06/11/2014 2:11:25 PM PDT by nickcarraway

It's a long way from San Francisco to Brazil.

But a 1955 Chevrolet 235 pickup truck named "Nellie" got a Dutch soccer fan there in one piece.

Ben Oude Kamphuis drove Nellie nearly 13,000 miles to watch his team play in the 2014 World Cup.

"Four years ago when we, Holland, lost again in the final I was crying one more time -- that's three times that I cried in the final,” Oude Kamphuis said. “So I was telling my friends and family back in San Francisco, you know what, I'm driving old Nellie to Brazil." His journey began on Jan. 15 and took him through 12 countries.

In Colombia, Oude Kamphuis took a boat to continue through Ecuador and Peru before arriving in Brazil's Praia do Forte on June 2.

Oude Kamphuis said he and Nellie developed a “special relationship.”

"Every morning it started. I went through the highest mountains, through the deserts, through the Amazon, the rainforest. She has never let me down,” he said.

Oude Kamphuis, 53, works with disabled children in San Francisco and said they helped him paint his truck.

The Netherlands' first World Cup match Friday is a repeat of the 2010 final and a chance for revenge against Spain.


TOPICS: Sports; Travel
KEYWORDS: brazil; fifa; football; roadtrip; sanfrancisco; soccer; worldcup

1 posted on 06/11/2014 2:11:25 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Now to just sell Chevy the Superbowl commercial rights.


2 posted on 06/11/2014 2:14:45 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: nickcarraway

My quick math says at least $2,000 in gas. I’m thinking a round trip ticket would have been less expensive.


3 posted on 06/11/2014 2:15:40 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: nickcarraway

Meshuggah


4 posted on 06/11/2014 2:16:17 PM PDT by sofaman (An enemy generally says and believes what he wishes. Thomas Jefferson)
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To: nickcarraway
I am wondering how he got through Panama. The road just ends in the jungle, before it gets to the Colombian border:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Embera/@8.1829565,-77.7918441,10z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x8e521066570f64cd:0x8f376eeba7a76941

5 posted on 06/11/2014 2:16:38 PM PDT by justlurking (tagline removed, as demanded by Admin Moderator)
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To: justlurking

Isn’t there a ferry?


6 posted on 06/11/2014 2:18:02 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: justlurking
I am wondering how he got through Panama. The road just ends in the jungle, before it gets to the Colombian border:

Exactly my thoughts. Did someone build a road through the Darien gap?
7 posted on 06/11/2014 2:19:01 PM PDT by GOPmember
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To: nickcarraway

Very cool. Hope he writes a long article about it. Had to be an interesting trip.


8 posted on 06/11/2014 2:20:56 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: justlurking

Yeah, the Darien Gap was the first problem I had with the story. Then, of course, he has to drive back.


9 posted on 06/11/2014 2:23:14 PM PDT by Prospero (Si Deus trucido mihi, ego etiam fides Deus.)
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To: DesertRhino
Hope he writes a long article about it.

Hooray for soccer fags with blogs.

10 posted on 06/11/2014 2:36:15 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: nickcarraway

That’s the 235 “stovebolt 6” for you. That engine was in regular production from 1929 to 1963, with an updated version still being produced into the ‘90s. Inline six, usually a single barel carb, overhead valve. very smooth running. I’ve had 2 cars with it, a ‘69 nova and a ‘55 chevy 210 and neither left me walking. I’m not suprised at all that he made it to Brazil.
CC


11 posted on 06/11/2014 2:36:22 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: humblegunner

Don’t think of it as a soccer thread, humble. Do what I did and think of it as a car thread.

CC


12 posted on 06/11/2014 2:43:21 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: humblegunner

Im interested in the off road, and extreme remote area trek aspect of the travel,,, . Soccer, not so much.


13 posted on 06/11/2014 2:44:47 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: justlurking

I don’t know how he got through Mexico, unless he bought back his wheels and tires at least a dozen times and paid off countless cops and whomever else.


14 posted on 06/11/2014 2:44:54 PM PDT by PUGACHEV
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To: nickcarraway

I hope he made a time compressed dash cam video.


15 posted on 06/11/2014 2:50:41 PM PDT by posterchild (It takes a politician to declare a settled science.)
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To: justlurking
A long while back Nissan started a series of commercials about a young couple that was going to drive their new Pathfinder from Los Angeles to Tierra del Fuego.

Almost as soon as the series started up it was cancelled.

My thinking at the time was that it would be a very dangerous proposition to drive through some parts of Mexico and Latin America for the average young couple, and no way was Nissan going to be responsible if some people actually tried to copy what their TV couple was planning on doing.

Hats off to this guy if he actually drove that far without being ambushed, bushwhacked, kidnapped, or killed.

16 posted on 06/11/2014 2:56:27 PM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: taxcontrol
I’m thinking a round trip ticket would have been less expensive.

But much less fun.

17 posted on 06/11/2014 3:02:25 PM PDT by Tax-chick (When the truth finally dawns, it dawns in fire!)
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To: Tax-chick

And infinitely more dangerous.


18 posted on 06/11/2014 3:04:02 PM PDT by kevao (Biblical Jesus: Give your money to the poor. Socialist Jesus: Give your neighbor's money to the poor)
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To: kevao

Yes, that too ... but unless it’s a hoax, he did it and lived.


19 posted on 06/11/2014 3:05:35 PM PDT by Tax-chick (When the truth finally dawns, it dawns in fire!)
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To: sofaman
An only in San Francisco truck...and driver


20 posted on 06/11/2014 3:06:28 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: taxcontrol

My only thought; Stupid is as stupid does.

If he tries driving back, it will not end well.


21 posted on 06/11/2014 3:14:53 PM PDT by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: nickcarraway

From my couch to the TV is eight feet. I wouldn’t go that far to watch a soccer game for anything.


22 posted on 06/11/2014 3:23:33 PM PDT by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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To: nickcarraway

I believe Oude “headed” too many soccer balls in his lifetime.


23 posted on 06/11/2014 3:27:08 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: DesertRhino

Yeah, sounds like an adventure.


24 posted on 06/11/2014 3:29:13 PM PDT by OldNewYork
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To: taxcontrol

Doesn’t the gas change as you head to Brazil? I thought they have different levels of ethanol that our engine would struggle with.


25 posted on 06/11/2014 3:46:37 PM PDT by castlegreyskull
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To: nickcarraway

He looks like a young(er) Hulk Hogan, but I can hear Michelle asking “All this for a game?”


26 posted on 06/11/2014 4:13:50 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: taxcontrol

Not sure about your numbers.
The story quotes 13,000 miles (seemingly referring to the one way trip he’s already covered) which is about double the air distance shown as 6500 on an airline calculator.

Now that old buggy might on a real good day get 15mpg.
so 13,000/15 is 866 gals. I’m too lazy to pro-rate the fuel costs for each country segment of the trip.


27 posted on 06/11/2014 4:22:42 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: humblegunner

LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL
Ima gonna die.


28 posted on 06/11/2014 4:48:46 PM PDT by spankalib ("I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.")
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To: nickcarraway

Airfares to Brazil are probably sky high right now,as are hotel rates.But that trip through Third World cesspools like Mexico would have scared the fertilizer out of me.


29 posted on 06/11/2014 5:58:25 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
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To: nickcarraway

30 posted on 06/11/2014 6:04:56 PM PDT by Eaker (Dogs love to be hugged! Rescue and Hug One Today.)
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To: nascarnation

My quick estimate of $2000 in gas was based on a more conservative $20 mpg and $3 per gallon average. So it should be seen as a minimum number. Oh and that is one way.


31 posted on 06/12/2014 7:54:14 AM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: taxcontrol

He must be a stalwart, those old pickups don’t have much in creature comforts. And I can imagine what the roads are like Mexico and southbound, OMG.


32 posted on 06/12/2014 7:58:34 AM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: nascarnation

Yeah, my kidneys certainly would not have handled the trip very well.


33 posted on 06/12/2014 8:00:24 AM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: taxcontrol

why didn’t he drive a car from a socialist country like France Germany Canada or Japan if he is so passionate about a socialist sport. I wouldn’t drive two inches for a soccer game.


34 posted on 06/12/2014 1:18:20 PM PDT by nocommunists
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To: taxcontrol

“My quick math says at least $2,000 in gas. I’m thinking a round trip ticket would have been less expensive.”

I’m going and can tell you that your calculation is probably true, if you booked very much in advance. As it turns out, I’m paying around the same to fly, and it is a coach ticket (ouch!).


35 posted on 06/12/2014 3:03:08 PM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: nocommunists

David Beckham sure made some cool “Socialist” millions.


36 posted on 06/12/2014 6:50:18 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: BeadCounter

and I am sure that the English IRS took away like 90 percent of those millions. leave soccer to the third world or as Michael Savage calls it the turd world.


37 posted on 06/13/2014 2:40:09 AM PDT by nocommunists
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To: Eaker

Soccer sucks


38 posted on 06/13/2014 2:45:26 AM PDT by Rome2000
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To: PUGACHEV
I don’t know how he got through Mexico,

The answer lies in post #20......LOL!

39 posted on 06/13/2014 2:54:36 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (By now, everyone should know that you shoot a zombie in the head. Don't try to reason with them...)
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To: nickcarraway

Is there a Soocer Ping List? Please add me to it if so... Thanks!


40 posted on 06/15/2014 5:26:49 AM PDT by SilvieWaldorfMD (A Realistically Really Real Housewife)
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