50th Birthday Photo Opp

It started with this notice from the archives.

Why not celebrate the 50th birthday at the same place, date and time as the original meeting?

Well, it is a Friday this year, sure, but perhaps there are some Mokees who could get time off.

But the people who live there now are strangers, true but we only really want to stand in the street and take a photo and maybe do a drive-by video.

And it sounds like a bit of a crazy idea, wouldn't be the first crazy idea we've pulled off.

So we did!

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Mokes at the Movies

Saturday night March 2nd, 2019, was a glorious evening for a top down drive to Dandenong, destination the Lunar Drive In. Well actually, of the three couples who came, no one chose the top down alternative because Allen & Jill Whatmore and Doug. Williams and Ina Koetsier came in their OVs and Paul and Marie Eaves came in their Moke, but it has a permanent hardtop.

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Bay in a Day 2018

Five Mokes, John, Peter H, Graeme&Collete and Justin and his boys departed Port Melbourne on an overcast but pleasant Sunday morning and made quicktime to the first pick up point at Mordy where we found Gordon, Max and Kevin & Judie. A short wait for Paul M. to join us and then on to Frankston to meet Tony and Maz with a flying pick up with the next stop a toilet break and lollies in Mornington.

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Northern Lights Tour

Seven Mokes in attendance for the Northern Lights tour on a nice warm night for Moking. The first stop was the street displays around Brokewood Ave and this year there was plenty to look at even though one or two fo the regualr big displays were not up, some new ones filled the void. A bit of a slow cruise around to a couple of smaller displays and then for a ride on the big dipper on the way down to the court display at St Helena.

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Moke Ocean Road - 2017

The Moke Ocean Road run for 2017 was held recently and it was a really good day with small group of 6 or 7 Mokes and one BV checking out the sights and enjoying the cool sea breeze on a hot day as we cruised along the coast and came home via the hills. Lunch on the Foreshore and afternoon tea in someone's unique garage and a bit of collectables shopping before coming back into the sweltering heat on the road back to Melbourne.

Robbie H. and I travelled down to Lara to meet up with Laurie and Luke, Clifford & Anne and Robert B. who were hanging out amongst the HSV Owners Club and some scary bikers, and that is just the women. Luke P. lead our little convoy around Geelong at a respectable pace given he was running in his rebuilt engine getting us into Anglesea to meet up with Alan and his son on what I think is their first Moke run. Alan owns the green Moke that was on the trailer at the December meeting in 2016.

Trip down the Great Ocean Road was typically stuck behind slow moving traffic with drivers who can't read so we broke up the journey with a few stops at the scenic look outs to take photos and stretch the legs. Making good time through Lorne, I did lose sight of Robbie H. in the convoy so as we picked up the finally Moke of the day, Don M. at Wye River, I got word from Clifford and Anne that Robbie has gone back some way looking for his wallet that had leapt out onto the road at some stage earlier on. He did eventually find us in Apollo Bay, that in itself is amazing due to his reputation for getting lost, but also with his wallet that had a bit of road rash but all contents intact.

Most people lunched under the tress on the foreshore at Apollo Bay with their take away food while I strolled onto the beach with an idea of getting wet but whimped out. Re-assembling the group we fuelled up and checked out a local garage sale and headed up into the hills for some winding and quite enjoyable roads lead by Laurie P. who may be relieved of leading duties in the future as we drove past open op shops and a big store/pub sign with 'The Wonky Donkey' on it. However he did get us to Winchelsea for the final point of the trip where a few of us had afternoon tea outside a private garage turned cafe, which was amazing just to see how much variety was available in this small space.

Winchelsea has more than it share of 'vintage' shops while the two Robbers and I managed to find one open as we left town and I picked up one of my new'ish collectable items, still in the original box with instruction and accessories, and things are always worth more in the original Box, but this was very reasonably priced. I think a return trip to Winchelsea and the Wonky Donkey might be on the cards for sometime in the near future.

We hit the heat of a 38 degree day just north of Geelong and I had to back off from keeping up with Rob B. due to muddy water coming down the passengers foot well, but with Rbbie and I cooling off in a Macca's we got freebie Honeycomb thick shakes so it just topped off a really good Moke Ocean Road trip for this year.

Terry 911.




South West Wander @ Shepparton Moke Muster

The South West Wander was attended by 31 Mokes in total on the day.  The weather was great and we managed to visit all of the places we had planned.

Leaving Shepparton, we convoyed out of town and through the fruit growing outskirts, travelling to Rushworth via Tatura.  A short stop at the Waranga Basin was a reminder of the importance to the region of the Goulburn Valley Irrigation Network for supplying water to the region for over 100 years. 

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Shepparton Moke Muster 2016 - Photos

The Mokes, owenrs, family and friends assembled on Saturday afternoon at the Shepparton Moke Muster 2016 for a group photo shoot.

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Moke Ocean Road 2016

Mokes on the Great Ocean Road

What a beautiful day for a cruise along the Great Ocean Road in a Moke, no clouds, warm sun, sea breeze, good friends and some of the best winding road to be enjoyed in a Moke. Shame about the tourists.

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Bay in a Day 2016

Mobile Playground Equipment

The annual Bay in a Day for 2016 started off with a fairly pleasant morning and a forecast of 25 and late showers with seven Mokes meeting at Port Melbourne ready for the days adventure. Unfortunately Editor peter H. didn't get far from home before his Moke had issued so he limped it home and missed out.

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Yarra Valley Wander 23 Aug 2015

A crisp but clear Sunday saw a few intrepid Mokees meet at Lilydale for this journey through some of the delights of the Yarra Valley. Andy Preston, Trevor and Sirrka, and myself took off and headed east. First stop was the amazing produce shop in Coldstream with the most amazing hydroponic capsicum setup, hundreds and hundreds of plants! Must go back and check their growth soon!

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Tops off for Cancer 2015

4 intrepid Mokes arrived at the Officer / Pakenham Service Station area on the Princes Freeway. When we were ready to depart we adjusted our watches to make sure that we departed at 9.05am sharp.
Tony Collins, Graeme and Colette Cox, Terry Pollard and Gordon Paterson headed east along the “Princes” and departed the Highway at Robin Hood to drive the Old Sale Road. This beautiful and scenic road took us through wonderful places like Brandy Creek, Buln Buln, Willow Grove, Tanjil Bren, Erica and finally to Walhalla for Lunch. The weather was sensational and the Mokes were running like Swiss Watches.

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Tops off for Cancer

The Tops off for Cancer run had reasonable support this year from the Mokes and even had some believing we had one the 'Best Club Display', but alas it was some other group with fixed roofs, and I thought my hearing was bad.

Five Mokes took the extended version of the weekend trip and took in the historic town of Walhalla and some of Gippslands back roads for the drive down on Saturday with Gordon Paterson our leader, Tony Collins who was Marionless, Graeme and Colette Cox and myself meeting up at Pakenham.

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