Ute’s ul­ti­mate stamp of ap­proval

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Front Page -

THE ute is an all-Aussie in­ven­tion. Ford put the util­ity on the road in 1934 and, even though GM Holden used to ar­gue that it got there first, it’s now recog­nised around the world for its place in au­to­mo­tive his­tory.

Now the ute is also recog­nised by Aus­tralia Post, which has just be­gun print­ing a stamp with a pic­ture of a Ford ute.

But there is some­thing dif­fer­ent and it’s not the dogs in the tray.

The artist, Stu­art McLach­lan, de­cided to steer clear of the ’34 Ford and went in­stead for an XD Fal­con ute from the 1980s. It’s part of his theme, which puts eight Aussie in­ven­tions — on five stamps — into the typ­i­cal Ade­laide sub­ur­ban life he ex­pe­ri­enced dur­ing his child­hood.

But Aus­tralia Post could have done the job with a sin­gle stamp as the other seven in­ven­tions — the Esky, wine cask, Hills hoist, Speedos, zinc cream, B&D roll-a-door and Victa ro­tary lawnmower — would all fit com­fort­ably in the cab or tray of the XD ute.

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