Beaut utes wanted

Gippsland Vehicle Collection wants vehicles for an ongoing Beaut Utes display, which will run from Sunday, March 1 to Friday, July 10, and a display day which will launch the exhibit on March 1.

All utilities are welcome for the ongoing display, from classic varieties to the more ‘feral’ or modern showpieces.

Vehicles of all kinds can be taken along to join the display in the Gippsland Vehicle Collection grounds in Maffra on the launch day, with prizes offered for best car and bike of the day and president’s pick.

So far, highlights will include a 1928 Chevrolet ute bought new in Swan Hill by a fruit grower and still owned by the same family; an International ute bought on the sly by a solicitor for a client because rationing regarding vehicles was still in force after World War 2; and a highly modified Mazda E2200 ute.

Vehicle collection president Duncan Malcolm said the Beaut Utes would be a popular display with those keen to show off their vehicles or just wanting to have a look.

“It’s Australia’s iconic vehicle after all,” he said.

“We haven’t featured utes on their own before, so it’s exciting to be doing something different, and hopefully attracting new enthusiasts to come and have a look at the collection.”

People with utilities they think should be shown off in the Beaut Utes display can phone vehicle collection display manager Leigh Sheilds on 0429 164 763.

For more information about the Gippsland Vehicle Collection visit www.gippslandvehic