I was always one of the blokes.’’
But don’t tell beekeeper Kathryn Niklaus, of Beechworth, Victoria, that utes aren’t for women.
‘‘Get real,’’ she says. ‘‘ That is the dark ages. Come on. The 4WD utes may be a little bit high for the average woman, but they still are good for cargo space.’’ She also reckons utes are ‘‘cool’’ as well as practical.
Colleen Rennie, of The Rock, NSW, says utes are not made only for men.
‘‘I prefer them because I do a lot of travelling and I get everything I need in it.’’
Tynan says Mahindra dealers are witnessing more women being involved in the purchasing process.
‘‘We have many female Pik-Up drivers who do a range of jobs, anything from farming to bird breeding, where space and durability is the key,’’ she says. ‘‘ Many of our male buyers also see their purchase as a joint decision, taking into account what their partners will appreciate.’’
UTE owners will gather in Caboolture from April 30-May 3 for the beaut ute competition at the annual Urban Country Music Festival. Trophies up for grabs are best urban ute, best tradie’s ute, most feral ute, best restored ute and best chick’s ute. Registration from 7.30-9.30am on the Saturday with utes on display from 8am. Winners will be announced at noon and the utes will parade through the streets at 1pm. Ute entry is $20 or $25 for a double category entry. Visit: www.urbancountry.com.au
Wanda Lyon (left), of Tiaro, uses her Mahindra Pik-Up as part of her lifestyle and Julie Hodgkinson, of Cloncurry, says her ute is great for travelling with dogs.