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HE Ute Run be­gan more by ac­ci­dent than de­sign. Dar­win cou­ple John Obole­vics and Tr­ish Creedon were fly­ing the flag — lit­er­ally — of pa­tri­otic fer­vour one Aus­tralia Day and it snow­balled from there.

‘‘My part­ner John is the proud owner of a 1977 Holden HX one-tonne ute, his baby, his pride and joy,’’ Tr­ish said.

‘‘On Aus­tralia Day 2001 we dressed the ute up with the Aus­tralian and Ter­ri­tory flags fly­ing from poles at­tached to the roll bar, we both had our Aus­tralian t-shirts and hats on, flag tat­toos on our faces and off we went to lo­cate and par­tic­i­pate in Aus­tralia Day ac­tiv­i­ties.

‘‘Af­ter hours of driv­ing around and around and around we did not find any ac­tiv­i­ties that we wanted to par­tic­i­pate in.

‘‘We drove into the CBD, down to the wharf, into the Cullen Bay precinct, out along the Stu­art High­way and still noth­ing. Ev­ery­thing was in­doors.

‘‘The en­tire time peo­ple in other ve­hi­cles were toot­ing, cheer­ing, wav­ing, chant­ing ‘Aussie, Aussie, Aussie’ and a num­ber of ve­hi­cles be­gan fol­low­ing us around town.’’

Tr­ish said the Aus­tralia Day Ute Run was born that evening.

‘‘From very hum­ble be­gin­nings we have cre­ated a mon­ster, but a mon­ster that is great fun, in­creas­ing in pop­u­lar­ity ev­ery year,’’ she said.


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