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Moke Round-up 2020 Comes to Manilla

After months of indecision as to whether or not the event could be run in 2020, the Moke Roundup once again came to Tamworth and surrounds this week (21st to 25th October.)

Moke numbers were down this year as only mokes from NSW took part due to Covid restrictions. All covid requirements were met throughout the week and temperatures of all drivers and passengers were taken each morning. Although there were 22 mokes taking part, the mokes were split into groups to maintain smaller numbers.

Just some of the places visited over the week included, Port Stephens Cutting, Werris Creek, Winton, Quirindi, and Manilla. Of course a tarred road is never used when a good fun dirt track alternative might be avail- able.

For the enthusiasts who have restored and maintained these vintage cars (and modified them in a variety of ways) itís not about the destination ñ itís about the fun that can be had on the journey.

However, some of the destinations themselves were pretty impressive. A campfire lunch with damper at Niangala, and another lunch at Bendemeer Station were both very enjoyable examples.

Friday saw them head to Manilla to visit the weir before heading out for morning tea at the base of Borah Mountain. Around a dozen mokes then took on the mountain itself and climbed to the very top to enjoy spectacular views over the Manilla district.

Drivers divided into a few smaller groups to spread out for lunches over various eating places in Manilla.

The Roundup participants were based at Austen Tourist Park in Tamworth again. As always, the week was organised by Greg Offord, Stephen Payne and Michael Breedon. These three always do a wonderful job organising the event and this year, with Covid, they worked extra hard behind the scenes for many months to ensure everything was safe, legal but still the social fun event it always is.