Results for
2014 Tour Down Under

Typology: The Australian Ute

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"A ute – an abbreviation for "utility" or "coupé utility" – is a term used originally in Australia and New Zealand to describe passenger vehicles with a cargo tray in the rear."
Holden HSV Maloo
"Ford is claimed to be the first company to produce an Australian "ute". This was the result of a 1932 letter from the wife of a farmer in Victoria, Australia asking for “a vehicle to go to church in on a Sunday and which can carry our pigs to market on Mondays”."
Ford XG Falcon GLi Longreach
"Australia has developed a culture around utes, particularly in rural areas with events known as Ute musters. It is common, particularly in rural areas, to customise utes in the "B&S style" with bullbars, spotlights, oversized mudflaps, exhaust pipe flaps and UHF aerials. The ute culture has been romanticised by country singers such as Lee Kernaghan, who has written odes to the ute such as She's My Ute, Scrubbabashin, Baptise The Ute and Love Shack."

“150 years ago there was this Aussie bush ranger called Ned Kelly who built his own suit of armor out of cast iron with a big helmet with little slits for eyes so he couldn’t get shot by the cops. They had muskets and stuff. When he and his gang were surrounded in a small farmhouse, just before he was shot he said, “Such is life.” It’s like a full on Bogan war cry now.”


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