TWO DAYS IN UTE-TOPIA

NT News - Motoring - - NEWS - By NEIL McDON­ALD

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: edi­tor@aus­tralia­nau­to­mo­tive.com

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