Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Sec­ond gong

- By JAMIE LOWE Mr. Big · United States of America · Warner Bros. Entertainment Company · Greta · Holden, MO · Hansonville Township

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

is from

Han­sonville,

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).

 ??  ?? Brendan White with his award-win­ning 1981 WB Holden at the 2014 Ute Muster, which was the last time he entered the Show n Shine.
Brendan White with his award-win­ning 1981 WB Holden at the 2014 Ute Muster, which was the last time he entered the Show n Shine.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia