Michael Young for Moke International, 2013
A historic car:
The Moke is a historic and cult car. Initially produced to share some of the Mini’s mechanical parts, but with a more rugged body shell to give it a life intended for the beach. Having been produced in the UK, Australia and Portugal over its rich 50 year history, the new Moke has been optimised for todays technology and handling.
It has the same spirit, the same style and is just as suave as the original Moke.
As a Moke enthusiast, when the email came in asking if I was interested to talk about the project, it was like a call to duty for me. I had recently been commissioned to rebuild a Moke in Australia from the ground up out of old parts, in 2012. I was fully aware of what needed to be done. You must remember that this car is from the 70’s, which was a crucial period in many fields of creativity. It has been more than 20 years since the last Moke rolled off the assembly line in Portugal. The world has changed dramatically. We could not just replicate the original model as times have changed, and music and fashion have changed accordingly. So the car’s main requirements actually need adjustments too: enhancements, improved road-holding, braking, suspension and so on”
“It was essential to strike an equal balance for the old enthusiast and the new generation of Moke drivers – like me.” For this reason, Michael Young was brought on board to head the design team at Moke International. Michael was an obvious choice, as there are few leading designers with the right visual aesthetic approach to match the spirit of the car. But more than this, Young was a Moke owner himself, so he had a true understanding of the car’s real needs and dynamics. “I was equally aware that I had to respect the past and make sure the overall visual aspect was kept intact”.
Moke parts in the factory
Building the first run of Mokes
Michael Young checking prototype parts interface in the sample factory
See some of the Moke Features, in this Moke International Video:
Moke’s in St Barths – pictures © Moke International
Watch Michael Young on Thai TV at the launch of the Moke at the Bangkok Motor Show, 2014.