Thursday, 2 May 2019

Was 'Fab Five's Mini Moke a Wood & Pickett?

I came across some pictures of a Mini Moke used in a movie recently. This 1965 film was entitled 'Catch Us If You Can' and also known as 'Having a Wild Weekend' in the US (trailer here). The movie was mostly meant to promote a band known as The Dave Clark Five, whose popularity is said to have rivaled that of The Beatles at the time and they were sometimes called the Fab Five.

Anyway: looking at the car I was thinking it may well have been an early attempt to coachbuilt the Moke by Wood & Pickett. The knobbly tyres, wheel covers and steering wheel are similar to the '65 Moke that was used for promotion by W&P and later used extensively in the television series The Prisoner. W&P director Eddie Collins told me some years ago: “I’d done some work for a film company and after having done a car for the actress Hayley Mills it just spread through the showbiz world". That was in '64. I also found that the Dave Clark Five car, registered 'BX 656C' was also used in an episode of The Avengers. Could it survive?

The Dave Clark Five in a '65 Mini Moke that doesn't seem standard. A Wood & Pickett job?
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And... action! The car, registered 'BOX 656C' was used in the movie 'Catch us if you can'
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Here in an official promotional picture. The Dave Clark Five rivaled The Beatles at the time
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The same car, 'BOX 656C' as seen in The Avengers with Emma Peel behind the wheel

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