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Here's a selection of Beaut Ute stories from some of our back issues:


Crystal cruisers
Issue 37 Oct/Nov 2004
The day of the Crystal Brook Show, held in the small South Australian town in late August, was wet and windy at times, but the large number of entries..

Katherine musters the Holdens
Issue 36 Aug/Sept 2004
While it pains him to admit it, Jalyn Ford business manager Jonathan Baldock grudgingly concedes that Holden entries dominated at the Katherine Beaut Ute Muster held in May.

Henty turns heads
Issue 35 June/July 2004
The little town of Henty, in southern New South Wales, is a small unassuming place that traditionally holds one of the country’s biggest agricultural field days.

Taking it off the streets
Issue 34, April /May 2004
For many, part of the fun of owning a ute is the speed, power and handling that usually comes with one. Unfortunately, getting to grips with this and finding where a ute's limits can lead to dangerous situations.

Plucked utes of 'Goondi'
Issue 33, Feb/Mar 2004
A crowd of more than 3000 descended on Goondiwindi for the 2003 Plucked Duck Bachelor and Spinster Ball in September last year.

Deniliquin 2003 - Another year, another record
Issue 32, Dec 03/Jan 04
The 2003 Deniliquin Ute Muster was only the fifth held in the NSW Riverina town since it burst on to the ute muster scene in 1999. Without doubt, when it comes to ute musters, Deni is king, once again breaking its own official world record.

Darwin utes come out in force
Issue 31, Oct/Nov 03
Royal Darwin Show's third Beaut Ute competition on July 26 reinforced the importance of an event that clearly transcends coming first, second or third.

Deni does it again
Issue 25, Dec 02/Jan 03
Deniliquin has done it again - set a world record, that is. A staggering 3070 utes lined up at this year's Play on the Plains Festival and Deniliquin Ute Muster, smashing the record set three years ago and attracting a staggering 30,000 people to the 'flattest plain in the world' in NSW's south-west.

All eyes on 'CYA' at Ipswich
Issue 24, Oct /Nov 02
Backed by exciting BRute racing, Queensland's Ipswich Ute Muster has become one of the country's most prominent.

Girls to the fore at Tamworth
Issue 22, Apr/May 02
The girls were the real winners at the third Great Aussie Ute Muster in Tamworth over the Australia Day long weekend.

Ute Shows - all the latest
Issue 21, Feb/Mar 02
The Uteman, Allan Nixon, wraps recent events on the Australian ute calendar.

Deniliquin Ute Muster
Issue 20, Dec 01/Jan 02
Deniliquin's World Record Ute Muster didn't break its own record this year for the number of utes counted, but everything else about Australia's premier ute event was big.

BRutes roar at Ipswich
Issue 19, Oct/Nov 01
BRutes, the new V8 motor racing series for off-the-showroom-floor Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon utilities is rapidly gaining followers.

Outback utes - the pick of the crop
Issue 18, Aug/Sep 01
Which is the best ute? There are the Ford versus Holden debates, Aussie versus Jap, petrol versus diesel, 2WD versus 4WD, and then there's a whole range of technical issues about payload, braking, safety, comfort, engine performance, styling, image, and so on.

Ute Power!
Issue 17, Jun/Jul 01
Who owns the most powerful ute in Australia?

The Mongrel arrives
Issue 15, Feb/Mar 01
BACK's Uteman, Allan Nixon, wanted a ute that from 100 yards away people would look and say "I must have a closer look at that". He wanted to take a standard everyday production model Ford Falcon AU ll and play with it. It had to look as if it could drive across the Gibson Desert! It had to look like it had a bit of muscle - a MONGREL.

Deni breaks its own record
Issue 14, Dec 00/Jan 01
The recent Deniliquin Ute Muster did it again with 2990 utes officially entered, breaking last year's Guinness Book of Records-endorsed world record of 2839 utes.

Hawkesbury's ferals
Issue 13, Oct/Nov 00
Thirty entrants competed at Hawkesbury Agricultural College's feral wagon show held as part of its annual open day in early August.

Devoted to the Classics
Issue 6, Aug/Sep 99
Scott McKinnon of Narromine, NSW, has a special interest in classic (pre-1986) Australian-made utes.

Circle Worker
Issue 6, Aug/Sep 99
Ben Palmer of Overnetwon Station in far western NSW is almost as proud of his circle work as he is of his 1978 HZ 308 Holden ute

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