2004 was, as we all know, the 40th year of the Moke. To help celebrate this occasion my brother Geoff and I spruced up 'Mokio' and entered it into the Cairns Annual Grand Parade in September '04. I advertised in the local paper to urge all Moke owners to come along and though I had a few inquiries, 'Mokio' was the only Moke entrant. This was a shame because the crowd along the route through the city was estimated at 25,000.
Just behind the banner on the Moke, we fitted a powerful
12 volt strobe
light which was most effective.
You might be thinking night-time is a funny time to have a parade. But if you were
living in Cairns you wouldn't. The Parade used to be held during the day and was called
'Fun in the Sun'. It became far from fun for the participants and audience alike who,
under the tropical sun, fainted wholesale!