Ryan masters art of creating feral ute
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.
REVVED UP: Gary Ryan and Skye Jarrett celebrate their ute triumph.