Women’s ute-opia

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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.’’

Util­ity muster

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.

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