Stealing the Show
by Tricia Lincoln

It was the time of the year in August 2013 for the Festival of Cairns which
brought this tropical city much fun and frivolity for a week.

As a precursor to this Annual event there is a Grand Parade in which all the
groups and clubs in Cairns are given the opportunity to get gaily adorned and
strut their stuff along the Esplanade.

The Cairns Rock 'n' Roll Club wanted to promote that they would be 25 years
old in 2014 and contacted Tricia and Max Lincoln with a view to including a
Moke as part of their show.

Fortunately Tricia's Moke named 'Arabella' (MOK 212) had just finished going
through a restoration transformation that was absolutely brilliant in more
ways than one as the photos show.

Contestants in the parade included vehicles, horses, dogs and people and
before the parade these congregated in a park not far from the start.

Participants were asked to be in the Park by 2:00p.m. even though the parade
did not get underway until 5:30p.m. And this was not too great a length of
time as preparations were very complex.

The brightly coloured paper flowers for 'Arabella' were first attached to pieces
of cloth and these were then strategically tied on with string in unobtrusive

The Moke's Cd player belted out the Rock 'n' Roll sounds of Bill Haley and the
Comets, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chubby Checker and the like and the Rock 'n' Rollers
danced alongside during the parade.

Though dwarfed by some of the other entrants the Moke and the Rock 'n'
Rollers were able to hold their own and were much cheered by the vast crowd
that lined the route and especially loved by the children.