- Written by Doug Williams
So we did!
Fifteen Mokes and these 18 people turned up:
Doug. Williams, Paul Eaves, Marie Eaves, Helen Bendix, Terry Pollard, Geoff Lont, Max Pemberton, Glenn Golds, Jill Whatmore, Allen Whatmore, Lyn Hardiman, Graeme Hardiman, John Baldock, David Yee, Gordon Paterson, Rob Osborne, Cliff Pritchard, Brian Home.
(Brian didn't make the photo, but he is in the video.)
Terry had lots of ideas about recording the event. We know a Moke was used as a support vehicle in the filming of Mad Max, but what do you use as a support vehicle when you are filming Mokes? Terry had the answer - and don't ask how it 'just appeared'.
The original house has long since been replaced by two units. Helen knocked on the door of Unit 2, flashed her famous, friendly smile and asked if we could pack all the Mokes in the driveway and film them coming out. No problems - except that they almost didn't fit.
You will find the video on VIC MOKE our YouTube channel at: https://youtu.be/rZUBw_yiSa0
Job done, but we didn't go our own ways immediately. In true Mokee style we stood around in the shade outside the house across the road (just behind David's 1967 green little wheel Moke that has only ever had one owner) and yacked. The locals walked and drove by and wondered. Some photographed us. One from the house came out and joined the pack. Turned out he and Doug were kids together and he was still living in the same house.
Thanks to Gordon who pressed for the crazy idea to become an event, Glenn for bringing the 50th flag, Terry for his input into photos and video and for herding 15 Mokes in a narrow driveway, Helen for being Helen, David Yee for the last bad joke of the day and all those who turned up. This event is now destined to become history of history.
- Written by Doug Williams
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.
Everyone turned up around 19:30 as advertised and the three vehicles went in, leaving Doug, standing outside for the next 15 minutes with a clip board and an attendance sheet just in case someone had their watch on Eastern Moke Time. At 19:45 Doug walked up to the ticket box to pay and was told that a nice lady had already paid for him and he could just walk in. He met up with the others at the burger joint and there was a bit of nattering and munching before darkness crept up and we all slipped away to the movie we had chosen - there were four screens to choose from.
Top marks to Paul and Marie who did it in true Mokin' style:
Double top marks because they stayed for the late show as well and got home very early the next day - costing Paul two days in his log book for one night out. Hmmm ... hope the films were worth it.
- Written by Terry Pollard
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. Peter P. joined as as we passed through Rosebud while Mitchell on his L's joined the Moke Express around Blairgowie. We rolled into the footy ground at Sorrento right on 12 midday and then more Mokes came in to join us. I am not sure what other people did, but I inspected a few Mokes for people while I saw other Mokes coming and going and someone taking a rough count suggested there were 25 Mokes there at some time, with 20 being the most together.
By the time I was ready to leave there was only 4 mokes left to tackle the back roads to the AusPlant Nursery at Arthurs Seat and then along so really nice little roads around Red Hill south and back to Melbourne via the Western Port Hwy with Peter H. and I being the last to split at Warrandyte. No breakdowns, on time and and nice weather so a good day to be in a Moke.
- Written by Terry Pollard
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.
Thanks to Bill Bell we have pictures of the evening.
- Written by Terry Pollard
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.