Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Is­abelle Petrinic

CAROLYN East bought her first ute in 2009 and now the 73-year-old, with her lit­tle white dog Ruffy and Holden HZ ute The Trav­eller, is one of the most pop­u­lar at­trac­tions on the ute mus­ter­ing cir­cuit.

“Ma”, of Mt Druitt, cer­tainly drew the crowds at Sun­day’s Ute Muster at Pen­rith Show­ground.

“You can’t miss me. I’m the old duck with the walker,” she said with a laugh.

Ma de­scribes her 1980 ute as “her baby”. It turns heads with its dual Eureka flags and has been fea­tured in Tricky

Busi­ness and TVS se­ries Clas­sic Restos. It also has been en­tered in De­niliquin Ute musters and been grand cham­pion at Black­town Show, Spring­wood Show, the Stroud coun­try show and the Bur­row B&S.

“It gets a bit of a fol­low­ing, but I re­ally don’t know why,” Ma said. “I just go to these shows, park, en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion and go meet peo­ple,” she said.

“I had all kinds of ve­hi­cles grow­ing up as a teenager, and ... I did a lit­tle bit of rac­ing at Liver­pool Race­way be­cause grow­ing up, all the kids’ hobbies took over.

“My daugh­ter was into the car scene and I used to go to all the car shows with her and she got to mak­ing friends with some of the guys with utes and I got in­trigued. That trig­gered it off and I got a ute. That was 2009.”

Carolyn “Ma” East with her trav­el­ling com­pan­ion Ruffy and (in­set) her prized 1980 8Z Holden 'The Trav­eller’.

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