North Coast convoy of Mini Mokes

MIGHTY MINIS: Lismore man Rob Pearce with his Mini Mokes. Rob is calling on other Moke enthusiasts to join the convoy this weekend.
MIGHTY MINIS: Lismore man Rob Pearce with his Mini Mokes. Rob is calling on other Moke enthusiasts to join the convoy this weekend.

WHEN the Mini Moke convoy, travelling the North Coast, roars up behind you this weekend get out of its way.

It will quickly become obvious that size doesn't matter - these cars can move.

At least 13 Mini Mokes will be travelling in convoy from Lismore to Chinderah on Saturday and Lismore to Nimbin on Sunday to celebrate International Mini Moke Day and the car's 45th birthday.

Convoy organiser Rob Pearce, of Lismore, is calling on all Moke owners on the North Coast to join the convoy.

“I personally know four Moke owners up here, but I've seen others in Bryon Bay and I'd like to let them know about this,” he said.

“But it can be hard to catch up with them sometimes.”

Mr Pearce suspects other Mokes are hidden in sheds around the area.

“This is what International Moke Day is all about, we want to encourage people to bring them out,” he said.

The convoy will meet Queensland Moke owners in Chinderah before returning to Lismore via the coast road, taking in Byron Bay.

While there are Mini Moke clubs in Victoria and Western Australia, there is no NSW club.

Mr Pearce, the owner of two 1982 Mokes, has set up an online Mini Moke forum in an effort to contact other Moke owners.

“It's great fun to get them all together and go for a drive,” he said.

“But they like to take theirs out in the mud. I'd never do that.”

The car, built in 1964 by the British Motor Corporation and based on the Mini that had been released five years earlier, was aimed at the British army to compete with the Land Rover.

“But the soldiers did not like them. They got lost in jungles and they kept getting bogged,” Mr Pearce said.

They were then sold to farmers but again weren't popular

But the Mini Moke became popular in Australia as a beach buggy and a factory opened here in 1966.

The last Moke was made in 1982.

To join the Mini Moke convoy call Rob Pearce on 0439 448 133 or 6624 5899.

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