Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Why does the sight of a little Mini Moke make every body rock ?

Today's blog is dedicated to Rowdy Mini Moke fan club member 'Archidude' of Brevard NC, who sent me a link to this interesting Mini Moke video.



Designed as a vehicle with military applications in mind the Mini Moke made use of BMC Mini mini parts bin, including the engine, drive train and 10" wheels which rendered the vehicle useless for military off road purposes because the Moke did not have much ground clearance.



However the vehicle produced between 1964 - 1993 did find a niche as a recreational vehicle in the sunny climate of many former British Colonies and was the first vehicle ever used on Pitcairn Islands, of HMS Bounty Fame, becoming the remotest vehicle on earth.



Correction Edited 29 09 19 The above vehicle is an AMC Andersen Cub not a Moke. Thanks to Dean and every one at www.moke.org who helped me correct this error.

Of the 50,000, Mokes made in Britain, Australia, and Portugal some have a competition history which includes Hans Tholstrup and John Crawford who nursed their Moke from London to Sydney in the 1977 Marathon and most unlikely of all Charlie Smith and Barry Seaton who gallantly jumped in their Moke to take on a field of Ford GT40's and Ferrari 250 LM's including winner Andy Buchanan,seen here , co driven by none other than Jacky Stewart at Surfers Paradise in 1966.



Finally Mini Mokes were used as Taxi's in the surreal television series the Prisoner, a catch phrase of which was; Be Seeing You !

3 comments:

  1. You smoked that 3rd photo! I could feel the speed.

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  2. Thanks!
    There's something about a Moke that is irresistibly likable.

    The owner of that yellow Moke would do well to remove the signage from the grille. No one wants to see a gasping, overheating Moke.

    Be seeing you :-)

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  3. Cheryl I imagine sitting in/on a Moke at speed is a bit like sittingon a motorcycle at speed, there is not much to hang on too :-)

    Steve despite the signage the car was driven over all the way from Belgium !

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