It’s his daily life, everything is ute.
It’s his daily runner, mobile kennel, party shed, lumber collector, four-wheeled driver, taxi service, ambulance, refuge, May-May duck shooting, and ` `a few other things I can’t tell you about. ”
Mono, as he calls it, from Gore, had his 1987 Toyota Hilux for about 25 years, and he was “ absolutely blown away ” he won the award for best 4WD Double Cab at the first Hokonui Ute Muster. in Gore on Saturday. .
“I have a good garage that keeps it well maintained and that’s all you have to do. You can’t kill a Hilux. ”
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The Hokonui Ute Muster was essentially Gore – celebrating utes, mules, and dogs.
The event was the first of the Tussock Country Music Festival, which lasted nine days, and drew 74 admissions, ranging from those fresh off the farm, still covered in mud with the dogs in the back, to a Dodge Ram that had been converted to a mobile engineering workshop – and everything in between.
The utes marched down Main Street in Gore before pulling into the city’s A&P Show grounds.
But it’s not just the utes that judges Tangaroa Walker, of Farm 4 Life, and Laura Koot of Real Country have taken a look.
The prize for the best mullet was won by the lone contestant, Lisa Miller from Waimumu, who said it was “quite surprising” to win.
Trina Liemburg from Waikaka, owned the Gas and Trigger hunters who won the bark not only for having the loudest barks, but because they won the favor of the judges by cocking one leg on the nearest utte and heading to the stage before the winner had been announced.
A surprise appearance of a horse and carriage driven by Neil Macleod of the Southland Shafts and Wheels Club, asking if he could win the lowest shows price, failed to sway the judges .
Koot told the crowd of around 200 gathered for the awards show that the judgment had been difficult.
“It was hard to judge because I was spinning so much, and there were stories to tell. ”
Tussock Country Marketing Director Annabel Roy said the turnout for the inaugural gathering was fantastic and she hopes it becomes an annual event.
“It definitely exceeded my expectations, especially on a cold and rainy day. Getting 74 utes here is awesome, and it was really fantastic to see the streets of Gore lined with people for the parade.
“And having 30 or 40 enthusiastic dogs was good too. ”
- The best turned out 4WD Double Cab – Mono, Gore.
- Best Crew Cab 4WD – Robin Baastianson, Gore
- Most Miles, Matt Charters, Toyota Landcruiser (480,000 km)
- Best Dog in a Ute: Matt with Pomeranian Kaiser
- Best Classic: Richard Tremaine, 1970 Holden
- Best Street Ute: Barry Green, Holden
- Best Business: Dodge Ram, Donald Hamilton, Garagehound Fabrication, Invercargill
- Best Rural Product: Jonty Baldock, Toyota Hilux
- Bark up: Gaz and Trigger, owned by Trina Liemburg from Waikaka
- GWD Toyota Pick of the day: Paul Eaton, Toyota Landcruiser
- People’s Choice Award: Dodge Ram, Donald Hamilton, Garagehound Fabrication, Invercargill