‘Wild­fire’ is not just a su­perb-look­ing ute; to owner Kim Smith it rep­re­sents a very large part of her life and en­com­passes a very per­sonal as­pect.

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Pas­sion­ate car and au­dio en­thu­si­ast Kim Smith calls her Holden Ute ‘Wild­fire’, a la­bor of love with a per­sonal touch.

Cars in gen­eral have meant a lot through­out Kim Smith’s life. She has al­ways held a spe­cial in­ter­est in them and this ute, in par­tic­u­lar, has been part of her life for around 12 years. And it be­came all the more im­por­tant when Kim’s family had to su er through a per­sonal tragedy. Kim’s son Matt passed away in a car ac­ci­dent on his way home one night and the tragedy al­most saw her pulling out of the car and au­dio lovers’ hobby al­to­gether. Luck­ily, she was given enor­mous sup­port from car au­dio en­thu­si­asts and Kim was re-mo­ti­vated to con­tinue her pas­sion while at the same time mak­ing her beloved ute a cel­e­bra­tion of Matt’s life.


Un­der­stand­ably con­founded as to how to make the ute into a cel­e­bra­tion of Matt’s life, by pure chance Kim met Mel Car­roll at a car show. Be­tween the two, Kim and Mel col­lab­o­rated to keep the ‘Wild re’ theme of the ute while in­cor­po­rat­ing a vi­sion of Matt. e con­cept of air­brushed ames evolv­ing into a homage of Matt play­ing his beloved gui­tar in­te­grated beau­ti­fully with the ex­ist­ing tone and as Kim puts it “Mel ab­so­lutely nailed it.”

And we’d have to agree. e ute is dressed in a stun­ningly bril­liant red which is also car­ried through­out the in­te­rior and smaller de­tail ar­eas. e ames ex­tend from the front and across both sides, ter­mi­nat­ing on Matt’s tribute im­age and

then rem­nants of small ames ap­pear on the lower sec­tion of the tail gate.

A num­ber of ex­tras have also been added to en­hance the looks, such as an EL GT bon­net scoop panel bonded in re­verse tment, the in­stal­la­tion of a hard lid with red leather lin­ing, a VU rear skirt cut into the VY bumperettes and colour-matched side skirts. e 20-inch HSV Pen­tagon wheels have been given the red treat­ment too.

e in­te­rior has been themed in a con­trast­ing red and black. Black leather spans the dash while red gloss is used around the in­stru­ment cowl, the cen­tre con­sole and the glove box lid which has also been en­hanced with em­bossed ames on the air bag panel above it.

e seats are a con­trast­ing black and red leather while the cen­tre con­sole around the beau­ti­fully in­te­grated head unit, and down on to the gear stick, fea­tures air­brushed ames and gloss red pan­elling. e arm rest, foot wells (custom leather bound oor mats too), door pil­lars and lower door trims are lined in red suede (up­per door trim in red and black leather look) and red leather em­bossed with ames.

e tray is also a red planet. Large custom red leather lined en­clo­sures have been con­structed to house the au­dio gear while a red and black curved back leather lounge (mir­ror­ing the in­te­rior) takes up the near­est por­tion of the tray to the tail gate. e red lined tail gate it­self be­comes a large foot rest.


e ex­cel­lence con­tin­ues with the au­dio in­stal­la­tion. e sys­tem has been split into cabin and tray au­dio. For starters, as men­tioned above, the head unit has been in­stalled within a gloss red sur­round and is none other than a Pi­o­neer AVH-P3250 mul­ti­me­dia unit.

e cabin fea­tures a Rock­ford Fos­gate P400 am­pli er and Pi­o­neer speak­ers in­stalled in fac­tory po­si­tions for the mid driv­ers and with the tweet­ers in the dash. A Clar­ion SRV303 12-inch ac­tive sub­woofer has been in­stalled be­hind the pas­sen­ger seat.

e large custom en­clo­sures men­tioned above house the well-cho­sen tray sys­tem. Each en­clo­sure houses a Rock­ford Fos­gate Punch P-300.1 monobloc am­pli er while just be­low there are two Rock­ford Fos­gate T-1652-S 6.5-inch split speak­ers. Right down the mid­dle an­other custom en­clo­sure fea­tures two Rock­ford Fos­gate P3 Se­ries D412 12-inch sub­woofers mounted mag­net up. A mo­tif of ve stain­less steel tubes/ rods per side pro­vide vis­ual depth to the en­tire

in­stal­la­tion. e un­der­side of the tray lid has been lined in red leather and stitched with a ow­ing pat­tern. Fur­ther red them­ing is pro­vided via red LED light­ing used in the un­der-dash sec­tion and un­der­neath the car. ese last change colour and pulse along with the mu­sic.


is ute has kept Kim go­ing and she re­mem­bers the high­light of her own­ing it was when she su­per­charged it. She did the work her­self and the ec­stasy of hav­ing that done “dis­solved me into tears be­cause I was so happy.”

Well, we can fully un­der­stand the emo­tion Kim. is has been a labour of love that fully man­i­fests it­self in the stunning end re­sult; a beau­ti­fully ap­pointed in­te­rior, a well thought out au­dio sys­tem, a tray in­stall that is ex­em­plary and an artis­tic spray theme rep­re­sent­ing an im­por­tant as­pect of Kim’s per­sonal life. Keep that wild re burn­ing Kim!

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