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The 2019 Presentation Lunch was held in the Cabaret Room of the Doncaster Shopping Town Hotel on July 28th.
Rhonda and the committee did a magnificent job with the decorations - and all the other organisation - and the staff of the hotel complemented the effort with a wonderful feast.
About 80 people attended and there were heaps of awards presented.This is Scott Williams receiving his 10 year award. The full list of membership awards is:
Three members Doug Williams (#2), David Yee (#10) and Julian & Linda Walsh (#39) received 50 Year Awards. Unfortunately Julian and Linda were unable to attend. David and Doug both had something to say.
Probably someone should have had something to say about this bunch of Mokees. They are modelling the MOA apron which was one of the gifts to those who attended the day.
If you want to see what it looks like, come to the next meeting, or keep an eye on the Club Products page in Tracks. You've gotta get one for your next BBQ. Hey, perhaps this mob are the first Moke owning Barbie Dolls!
Doug was also presented with awards as Odd Mokee of the Year and Club Person of the Year. Of course, he had even more to say.
On the other hand, Peter Shackleton was so surprised at being made a Life Member that he was virtually speechless. Well done Peter!
Of course the Dinky Moke Race was the other highlight of the day. Would you believe that the stars aligned and Doug was the winner. What a day!
Of course he had even more to say. In fact he sang the Club's praises. Click the photo to visit VIC MOKE the club YouTube channel to find videos of the 2019 Dinky Moke Race Heat 1 and Final, both of which were won by this car.
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June 30th was Memorabilia Day - an event in our celebration of 50 years of the Moke Owners' Association of Victoria. A perfect day for the first public showing of the restored eMoke, which has been 5+ years in the making. This vehicle is being rebuilt to display standard. Restoration to running order is simply not possible. This is how it looked in October 2017 after the first 3+ years.
This is how it looked at the Memorabilia Day.
You can't see the two lift motors underneath. This nightmare of electrical wiring is driven by the battery arrangement in the next photo.
No room for shopping that's for sure.
The dummy batteries - all correctly connected - were supplied by Century Batteries.
The odometer reading is genuine. This vehicle has only been driven in trialling during its original design and build days at Johns Perry Lifts in the 1980s.
Day done, it's back to the workshop to finalise details like a couple of missing switches.
Thanks Leigh for trailering to and fro. And a huge thanks to all who have brought the vehicle back to this standard - Brad, Bruce J., David, Clive, Bob, Glenn and others, including Bill Bell who organised the sand blasting.
See videos of loading the trailer at our You Tube channel VIC MOKE:
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As of the April meeting we had 270 members. The number just keeps on growing. 33 scanned in on the night and we had several family and friends along as well. Thanks to all for coming.
Bevan Slater was one of the members present. He came from Queensland to be with us ... and also to pick up a 'truck load' of parts for his Moke project. See below.
2 or 4 Seats?
What do you know about your VIN plate? It's under the bonnet secured to the firewall. Was your Moke built to carry 2 or 4? It will tell you. It will tell the police too if they decided to check. Paul Eaves told us they are out looking in Victoria.
- If the plate says 4 there should be no problem.
- If it says 2 and you have 2 there should be no problem.
- If it says 2 and you have 4 and it has been registered that way you are advised to carry a copy of your rego to prove it.
- If it says 2 and you have 4 and the extras haven't been included on your rego it is likely the car will be classed as unroadworthy. You will likely need an engineer's certificate to change that situation. Contact the Secretary if you need help with this.
Video: Day Trip to Donna
The 're-enactment' of the first organised road trip of the Moke Owners' Association of Victoria went off really well. Eighteen (18) Mokes, 2 OVs with about 30 people convoyed from Lilydale to Mt. Donnabuang. Trip Leader Ron Dickson provided a couple of videos at the meeting, the first of which is just a little bit crazy. You can see them on the Moke club You Tube Channel which is titled VICMOKE:
6 Wheel Moke Project
Bevan is building a 6 wheel Moke. The first photo shows what the main donor body looked like when he found it in a paddock near Toowoomba. The second shows it ready for his engineer to track test. It's certainly not finished but what an effort has gone into it so far!
We wish Bevan all the luck he deserves as he moves on towards getting it registered for road use. (We also hope has at least one pair of shorts with bottomless pockets.) See more of this project in May Tracks.
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What a great party! Saturday March 23rd, 2019, over 120 Mokees and friends from our past, present and future gathered at Akoonah Park Centre, Berwick, to kick off a night of tall tales and true from the legendary past of the Moke Owners' Association of Victoria.
That's Ross Brooks in the foreground of the second photo, the original Member 15 (joined May 1969) and from July 1969 the club's first elected secretary. He can also lay fame to christening the club newsletter 'Tracks' from the February 1970 edition.
There's a short video of the party getting started on VIC MOKE, the club's YouTube channel at:
There were a couple of speeches and presentations early on (while Rod's Roasts magnificent spread was being laid out). One was Doug Williams who co-founded the club with Peter Gilbert. He was introduced by Rhonda Flynn, lead organiser of the evening. For what was probably the first time in his life, Doug had very little to say, but at least he knew how to dress for the occasion.
Later in the evening President Glenn Golds, invited three Mokees to talk about what the Club meant to them: Ross Brooks, Gordon Paterson and Ron Dickson.
Ross told us about the early months of the club, which sounded just a bit cavalier. Gordon talked about his experiences in the club during the past decade and emphasised how much more he got from the club because he had not only come to events, but had organised some. He encouraged us all to both come and contribute.
Ron told about the 80s and beyond, which sounded pretty crazy with sometimes as many as three events in a week. He claimed he had grown up in the club. That can't be right, can it? Is it possible to drive a Moke and leave childhood behind? Perhaps he meant he had grown older in the club : )
Whichever, he has certainly learnt a lot of skills in his time. He made this Moke letterbox for Paul Eaves (he's 'made' real Mokes too). Trouble is, it's too good to stick outside on a gate post! Paul is chatting with Trevor Ollive, another one who has been around the club for decades.
Of course there had to be a birthday cake. That's Rhonda lighting the candles. The candles were moulded by Andrew Pugsley ... Now if only they could be made of icing sugar.
Seems Rhonda wants to cut the cake too. Who would dare argue with that!
Microphone in hand, knife at the ready, or tea towel in her hair (what!)...
...this party simply would not have been the same without Rhonda. Sure she had an amazing team behind her - all of the Committee plus more - and Axel and Bec were part of it, but ... she just did so much before and during and edited Tracks for the month at the same time. There would have been a party without Rhonda, but not like this. As Glenn said afterwards, "Loved it!"
Now for the next 50 years.
At the March 2019 meeting Doug. Williams took us on a journey to places we hadn't expected. He had been researching microfilm copies of The Sun in the State Library looking for references to the first meetings of the Club. Some years ago he had found this one: [Click an image to enlarge it.]
which appeared in Peter Gavaghan's column 'At The Wheel' in the Young Sun section on March 13th 1969, page 39. He had a vague memory that there had been further notices in the same column later in the same year. In searching through to December (fortunately this column was always in the Thursday paper) he found two more snapshots of history from May 8th (page 45) and June 5th (page 23) respectively:
Communication in these days was either face to face, by telephones connected entirely by wires, or what has come to be called snail mail. Doug communicated with Peter by telephone and claimed that was the reason for a couple of mis-information items in these notices.
In the May one, Doug claims he told the story of, not himself, but his mother chasing down a Moke in the street to tell the driver about the Club. Picture it. Middle aged mum in Ford Consul Mk 1 chasing young hunk in Moke down Wattletree Road and into his driveway.
In the June one, the name of the club still isn't correct. From the first newsletter, May 1969, the club was called Moke Owners' Association of Victoria. Doug's memory is of that being agreed at the inaugural gathering in March. Also, the weekend away was at Bellfield Dam (not Dellfield Dam).
1969 was a big year for the world. The first club for Moke Owners in the world and the first landing of Man on the moon.
Scanning through The Sun, Doug couldn't help noticing the front pages from July 21st and 22nd. Australian papers had a problem with this event. Everyone knows that the lunar landing was on July 20th, 20:17 with the first man on the moon six hours later on July 21st, 02:56. But that was Greenwich Mean Time so The Sun had gone to press on the 21st before the big event and didn't go to press the next day until after the boys had packed up and gone back to the module. The front page on the 21st had photos of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Mike Colins and told us what they had for breakfast. The front page photo on the 22nd was of the two astronauts working on the surface. Something on the right side, in the background behind Armstrong, caught Doug's eye.
There was a familiarity to it.
So he made a copy...
...and with the help of a photo resolution expert (Cameron Bendix)...
...was able to enhance a photo sent 384,000 kilometres 50 years ago without wires...
...to reveal a truth that all Moke owners should know...
YOU CAN TAKE A MOKE ANYWHERE!
And now you know why Elon Musk is so anxious to make the first commercial lunar landing.
Fifty years ungaraged and no rust!
Just imagine the kudos in bringing back this abandoned lunar support vehicle and developing it into the world's first self-driving electric Moke!
What a story!
The finale though was surely this birthday card the club received as a result.
[Editor's Note: Readers are reminded that in the promo for this meeting Doug wrote "You won't believe some of the things I have to show and tell!". Another truth perhaps.]