First timer’s big win

By Olivia Duffey

Tim Mason’s 1984 Holden WB Kingswood (pictured) made its first Deni Ute Muster appearance at the weekend, and claimed the event’s biggest prize.

The purple ute caught the eye of the judges at the Ute Muster’s Show ‘n’ Shine on Saturday, and he walked away with the $4000 Ute of the Year prize and the ornate red gum ute trophy.

It made the almost 10 hour drive from Stroud, NSW worth it.

When Mr Mason first purchased his ticket for this year’s event, he wasn’t even sure he would bring his beloved ute.

‘‘I am so glad I brought it this year. I ummed and ahhed at the beginning of the year, but the boys said to ‘do it’, and now it is the biggest win I have had so far.

‘‘It was a fair hike to get it down here, but I am glad I did it.”

Mr Mason believes his ute stood out for the judges because it looked different to the other entries.

‘‘Everything I’ve done is different,’’ he said.

‘‘The rear window banner, a nice clean ballute, no stickers on the paint, just on the windows and I just present it well and look after it as best as I can.

‘‘It’s got a one of one bullbar and nine footers (aerials); it’s just every little thing about it that makes it different to everyone else’s utes.’’

It is probably the ‘Violet Crumble’ sticker on the back that caught the attention of many.

‘‘When I first bought the ute two years ago, the tub was bright yellow,’’ he said.

‘‘I was having a drink with some mates and we came to the realisation that it was like a violet crumble, purple on the outside and yellow in the middle.

‘‘So it stuck, and I got the sticker made for it.’’

Mr Mason is looking forward to spending his prize money, saying it will be a huge help.

‘‘All of the prize money will be going to the panel beaters I suppose,’’ he added with a laugh.

‘‘I have a couple of things I want to get fixed and get it on the road so this will help me do that.’’

Mr Mason said the win topped off a brilliant weekend in Deniliquin.

“Deni is great, everyone has time to talk to you about the build of your ute and you can make new friends or have a beer with some old ones,” he said.

“I came two years ago and we are in the financial place where we could make it this year, so we sort of said we will come very second year.

“But we have had a really good weekend so it will probably be a yearly occurrence now.

“I am really looking forward to the next Muster.”