These two Mokes had not been together for almost 3 decades when they found themselves side by side at the February club meeting.
Missy, on the left, belongs to Paul and Marie Eaves. Paul bought her (Missy, not Marie) as a paddock bomb in 1982 for $125. She was on the road in 1984 after spending just $3,500 - and who knows how many hours. (The dollar equivalent today would be ...?)
Robin Booth, lived 'around the corner' and was creating Griffin at the same time. Through the early 80s they helped each other create the vehicles that would fulfil their dream of joining other MOAV members in an assault on Cape York in 1986. Both vehicles were finished and primed for the trek. Missy made it - there and back - but in the later stages of planning, life changed for Robin and Griffin had to keep the garage warm in Melbourne. However, some time later Robin was able to join other club members in an attempt at the Canning Stock Route, so Griffin finally got to eat serious dirt.
In the early 90s Robin sold Griffin to a farmer in Gippsland and moved interstate. The last time these Moke Mates were together was probably 1989. No wonder they were given pride of place at the front door of the club rooms.
Missy has never left Paul and Marie's care, but Griffin disappeared for years.
Then in 2002 Terry Pollard was shown photos of a Moke for sale in Gippsland. He recognised parts as unique to Griffin, bought him and brought him back to Melbourne for re-creation. It was on again. Terry beavered away on Griffin from 2004 to 2006 with the aim of taking it to the first National Moke Muster in Shepparton in 2006. Terry has been tweaking Griffin ever since and admits that there are still one or two things he would like to fix (mmm... are they oil stains under the rego plate?). But a balmy midsummer evening and the knowledge that Paul was also bringing Missy was a reunion opportunity too good to miss. They certainly became a talking point for the evening.
(Note: Robin also built a serious trailer in the Griffin style that was sold around the same time as Griffin. If anyone ever comes across a trailer on two Moke subframes that could transport about a tonne, let Terry know.)