FIRE IN THE HEART
‘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.
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.
GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS
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.
DELIGHTS ON A TRAY
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!