Nostalgia: Remembering the Mini Moke.


david mini mockOde to the Mini Moke….

Remember those funny looking glorified golf carts called Mini Mokes that cruised around the islands back in the day? You know the guy in the Hawaiian shirt, Bermuda shorts, flip-flops, baseball cap, and a surfboard propped over the roll bar – even if he had no intention of surfing?

I still have requests for Mini Moke rental in St Barth, usually wistfully, from middle-aged guys wanting to bring back their youth and the carefree life. But here’s the rub – the British Motor company stopped making Mini Mokes in the early 90s. The few left on St Barth, causing major Moke envy, are few and far between and owned by either the wealthy (David Letterman motors around the island wearing his ‘Late Night with David Letterman’ t-shirt), or the mechanically inclined. (They break down a lot and parts are hard to find.) Still, there is even a sustained  Mini Moke Club with a newsletter and everything AND in 2010 there was talk of a Mini Moke rebirth that, excuse me, isn’t anything like the old. Actually, it’s a mini cooper with the doors taken off – not cool! You wouldn’t even get wet when it (inevitably) rains on your way to dinner.


I'm in my sixties with the world at my feet and thoughts mostly of "where to next?". I retired in 2017, sold my house in Massachusetts and most of my furniture and "stuff." When not traveling you can find me in Florida in the winter and Rhode Island in the summer. Travel has been a passion from a young age, over the years I've discovered I'm a traveler, not a tourist. I prefer traveling solo, with a travel friend, or small groups. Whenever possible I would rather spend time in one place rather than moving around. I'll never turn down an opportunity to go to France, but my travels have taken me all over the world. I've met some incredible people and had some fantastic experiences.

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