ASK a Moke owner about their beloved machine and their eyes will light up.
Moke enthusiasts don’t like these classic cars - they love them.
The Shoalhaven, thanks to Mokin Jervis Bay, is in the grip of Moke fever and over 40 of these glorious machines are zooming around the region.
People, along with their pride and joys, have come from near and far to take part in this event.
Bendigo resident Corey Uren has owned his Moke for 20-years, which he did up himself as a labour of love.
“It (doing it up) was a bit of fun,” he said.
Mr Uren’s machine can comfortably motor around at 100 kilometres-per-hour.
Nothing was going to stop Melbourne couple Jill and Allen Whatmore from attending Mokin Jervis Bay.
Mrs Whatmore definitely likes Mokes.
“Driving a Moke keeps you young and it’s a happy car,” she said.
Mrs Whatmore said people in general like looking at and talking about Mokes.
For Deanne Cole from Jerrabomberra near Queanbeyan and her Kings Point parents, Warren and Joylene Pirie, being Moke enthusiasts is a family affair.
All up they have four Mokes and Mr Pirie said his grandchildren also love Mokes.
“Mokes are fun to drive and simple to work on,” Mr Pirie said.
Vern Wilksch from the Riverland area in South Australia owns four Mokes.
Mr Wilksch got his first Moke when he turned 40-years-of-age and the now 80-year-old has not lost his love of these mighty little beasts.
One of the Mokin Jervis Bay dates, particularly for the general public, to book in is Saturday, April 15.
The public from 9 am to 12.30 at Voyager Park, Huskisson on April 15 can come and see all the wonderful Mokes and they can meet the all the passionate Moke owners.
St Georges Basin resident Col Loudon is the driving force behind Mokin Jervis Bay and is happy with the way the event is going.
Mr Loudon said Mokin Jervis Bay was about giving the area boost in tourism during what is normally a quiet time of year.
He added the support the event had received was great.
Mr Louden is selling Moken Jervis Bay memorabilia and hopes to donate the proceeds to local charities.
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.