Ryan masters art of cre­at­ing feral ute

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

ALL Beaut Utes gleam un­der the magic of pol­ish and ten­der lov­ing care, ex­cept one: the Feral Ute.

Dressed up to be the ugli­est, smelli­est, dirt­i­est and most un­tidy, the feral ute must still be legally road­wor­thy, said Mun­dub­bera’s feral ute cham­pion Gary Ryan.

Mr Ryan’s fas­ci­na­tion with feral utes be­gan at the Mary­bor­ough Show in 2009.

“I did one of those ‘plain Jane’, old work utes up and put it in for work, the Hous­ing Com­mis­sion,” Mr Ryan said.

Or­gan­is­ers classed his ute as “too feral” for the work cat­e­gory, and he didn’t un­der­stand, at first, what a feral ute was.

“Oh yeah, I thought a cou­ple of stick­ers, an odd flag and a spot­light or two, but it wasn’t enough,” Mr Ryan said.

“So I thought ‘add more and add more’, and I’m still adding to it be­cause it’s still not feral enough.”

Driven to en­ter his ute in shows across Queens­land and New South Wales, Mr Ryan said the feral cat­e­gory dif­fered from state to state.

“The coastal feral utes need to be clean, pol­ished and nice and neat and tidy, but they’ve got to look ugly,” he said.

“You go to Quilpie... it can be the most un­reg­is­ter­able, un­road­wor­thy work­horse with bul­let holes in it, no wind­screen, doors hang­ing off it, but as long as it’s reg­is­tered and they can drive it in the gate, it’s classed as a feral ute.”

Mr Ryan will rep­re­sent the Bur­nett sub-cham­ber at the Ekka, for a chance at the na­tional ti­tle.

PHOTO: SHIRLEY WAY

REVVED UP: Gary Ryan and Skye Jar­rett cel­e­brate their ute tri­umph.

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