Deniliquin Pastoral Times
It has been a long time between drinks for Brendan White, who claimed his second Deni Ute Muster Ute of the Year award on Saturday.
The 36 year-old’s candy painted green 1981 WB Holden was declared the winner of the virtual Show n Shine, eight years since his name was first put on the perpetual trophy.
In 2012 he also collected both the Best of the Breeds (Holden) award and the Ultimate Country Ute trophies, and he claimed the Ultimate Country Ute prize again in 2014.
He’s not contested the Show n Shine since then.
Mr White — who
Victoria — said the virtual event allowed him to reintroduce his vehicle to the event.
‘‘It’s had a wash since 2014, but otherwise there hasn’t been much change,’’ he said with a laugh.
‘‘It’s been out of the scene a bit because I started a family, and I have also been busy with harvest. Life just gets too busy to bring the ute out now.
‘‘I actually have to thank one of my nephews who saw that the Muster was holding a virtual Show n Shine.
‘‘He encouraged me to enter and now I’ve had a bit of a win.’’
Mr White won $250 and a double pass to the 2021 Deni Ute Muster.
‘‘Now I’ve had this win and have tickets to next year’s muster I have a good excuse to bring my ute back,’’ he said.
‘‘I’ve been to the Ute Muster as a spectator a couple of times since 2014, but I always had the intention of bringing the ute again.’’
Mr White fully restored his WB Holden ‘‘from bare metal’’ after purchasing it when he was 16 years-old.
He completed a full interior leather retrim and full motor (Big Block Chevrolet engine), transmission and diff replacement.
The ute also features unique mag wheels, custom made in the US, and suicide doors (doors which are hinged at the back of the door frame).