- 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.
- Written by Mark Radford
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.
The visit to the Working Horse Muster at Moora was an opportunity to see horses and farming practises from days gone by and also the Mokes were lined up to create some interest for the locals.
Our lunch stop in the Whroo Historic Reserve was preceded by a short , dusty drive through the Rushworth State Forest. After lunch the opportunity to go for a wander around this former gold mining town, once home to over 2000 people.
Not much remains of Whroo these days apart from the plantings of non-indigenous trees as a guide where houses once were. A tour down into the Open Cut Gold Mine was popular before we hit the road again. A quick stop to check out a horse drawn 'puddling machine' before we were back on the bitumen heading south to the Goulburn Weir.
The highlight of this leg of the trip was the crossing of the Goulburn River along the historic Kirwan's Bridge. A 310 Metre long timber bridge, built in 1890, for one way traffic, with a couple of passing lanes.
From here it was on to the Goulburn Weir Reserve and an opportunity to walk across the Wall and inspect this gigantic, historic structure. Then, back on the road for the final leg to Shepparton, arriving around 5.00pm.
Thanks to all who attended. The convoy procedure was well executed. We had some fun and saw some interesting sights. Special thanks to Chris, Doug and Ina for their filming efforts. The Trip can be seen on VIC MOKE the MOA YouTube channel. Click the image below to see the video.
Till next time...