The chance to see over 40 of the most iconic cars ever built all in one place could be a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Mokin Jervis Bay is coming to the region and one of the dates, particularly for the general public, to book in is Saturday, April 14.
From 9am to 12.30 at Voyager Park, Huskisson the public can come and see all the wonderful Mokes and meet all the passionate Moke owners.
St Georges Basin resident Col Loudon is the driving force behind this Mokin great event.
He is happy with the way plans for Mokin Jervis Bay are progressing and says people around the Shoalhaven are bending over backwards to make sure the event is a success.
At this stage 40 mighty Mokes will zoom into the Shoalhaven.
“I am more than happy with that number because we were originally aiming for 25 and so I think we have done well,” he said.
“They are coming from all the states apart from WA but the moke owner from WA could turn up.
“A Moke owner from California will be attending the event because he just loves Mokes.”
"Mokes are such fun to drive and I feel such a sense of freedom when driving it."Vicki Drury
Mr Loudon said, appart from the chance to show off these cars which many people associate with care free lifestyle, they wanted to host an off peak tourism event and support a local charity.
“If we make excess funds from the sale of memorabilia then a local charity will get the money,” Mr Loudon said.
“We are also promoting our area through tourism and that is what is driving this event.”
Starting from Saturday, April 7 people will start seeing the Mokes in and around various local venues.
Wherever the Mokes are, people are welcome to come up and have a chat to their owners.
“I am starting to get excited because it’s all finally starting to come together,” Mr Loudon said
He said Shoalhaven City Council had been a strong supporter of the event.
Owners love their Mokes
Shoalhaven residents like Vicki and and Alan Drury said Mokes are something you drive but something also to cherish.
“Mokes are such fun to drive and I feel such a sense of freedom when driving it,” Vicki said.
“Driving my Moke just really puts a smile on my face.”
Vicki’s Moke has a personality of its own and even has a name.
“I have had Mazy the Moke for about nine years,” she said
She said Mazy is her pride and joy and a lot of work went into restoring her.
“It was an absolutely a labour of love and there is not a thing I don’t like about her,” she said.
She loves her Moke and always wanted to own one.
Mazy Is a head-turner.
“Seeing Mazy brings smiles to people’s faces,” Vicki said
She is looking forward to Moken Jervis Bay.
Alan has had his Moke for two years and been on a few road trips in it.
“They are actually fun to drive and are just like a go-kart. The power to weight ratio is really nice,” he said.
In theory, because he was never tried, Alan said his Moke could hit a top speed of 150 kilometres per hour
Alan has not named his Moke as yet but secretly Vicki has a name for it.
Mokes get people talking and reminiscing.
“It amazing how many people will tell you that they had a Moke 40 years ago,” Alan said.
Moke spare parts
The Mini Moke is a vehicle based on the Mini designed for the British Motor Corporation (BMC).
The name comes from "Mini" – the car with which the Moke shares many parts—and "Moke", which is an archaic dialect term for donkey.
The Moke has been marketed under various names including Austin Mini Moke, Morris Mini Moke and Leyland Moke.
The initial design was a prototype for a light military vehicle in the style of the American Jeep, but its small wheels and low ground clearance made it impractical as an off-road vehicle.
It was subsequently offered in a civilian version as a low-cost, easily maintained utility vehicle.
The Moke finally achieved success as a beach buggy becoming a popular cult vehicle around the world
The original Moke used identical engine, transmission and suspension parts from the Mini Van.
The first Mokes were only built at BMC's Longbridge, Birmingham plant.
14,518 Mokes were produced in the UK between 1964 and 1968.
26,000 were produced in Australia between 1966 and 1981, and 10,000 were produced in Portugal between 1980 and 1993 when production of the Moke ended.
Program of events
Jervis Bay Community & Men’s Shed Incorporated presents Mokin Jervis Bay April 7-16.
Where to see the Mini Mokes.
Saturday, April 7 Kangaroo Valley.
Sunday, April 8 Booderee National Park.
Monday, April 9 Currarong head land.
Tuesday, April 10 Sussex Inlet.
Wednesday, April 11 rest day.
Thursday April 12 Point Perpendicular Lighthouse.
Friday, April 13 Fleet Air Arm Museum.
Saturday, April 14 display morning Voyager Park.
Sunday, April 15 tour of two wineries (Two Figs and Coolangatta Estate).
Monday, April 16 morning muster and farewell Mokers.