TWO DAYS IN UTE-TOPIA
THE Ute of Repute, UTEopia, U Beaut and Pride of the Plains are just some of the quirky names suggested for Deniliquin’s most famous ute.
They are among almost 1000 suggestions already put forward to name the town’s famous ‘‘ute on the pole’’ — a WB V8 Holden ute.
The iconic Australian car has sat on a 6m pole in the centre of Deniliquin since 2000 but until now it has never been formally named.
Deni Ute Muster organisers and the Deniliquin Council are running a competition to name the ute ahead of this year’s ute muster on October 1 and 2.
Rural and city folk, including politicians such as the Federal leader of the Nationals, Warren Truss, and Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister Anthony Albanese, have sent in suggestions.
Truss’s suggestion was Ute of Repute and Albanese came up with Pole Position.
V8 Supercar champion Will Davison, reckons Red Dragon would be a good name.
The competition is being run through Australian Automotive, an auto industry magazine published by the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce.
The names will then be put to a vote at the Deniliquin Council. The southern NSW town is regarded as the Ute Capital of the World.
In 1999 it entered the history books, claiming the Guinness Book of Records title for the largest parade of utes in the world, with 2839 drivers participating.
The winner of the competition will be announced in September. Entries can be sent to Australian Automotive editor David Dowsey via fax: 03 9867 3159 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org