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All eyes on 'CYA' at Ipswich

BJ Barlin's 2002 V8 SS Holden was just three months old when it arrived at the Ipswich Muster.

Luke Pascoe with his mates Anna Myers, Kirsty Launtdon and Gavin Cowley.

Story and photos Les Wilson & Toni McRae

Backed by exciting BRute racing, Queensland's Ipswich Ute Muster has become one of the country's most prominent. Standouts among this year's 350 entries were David and Libby Elsley's potent Ford Falcon XR8 Pursuit 250 'super ute' and Luke Pascoe's rejuvenated 1932 International C-CAB.

David Elsley, president of the Australian Champion XR6 and XR8 Club of Queensland, says his family has been in Ford retailing for 50 years, and in May 1999 he formed the club that was to cater for the modern form of high-performance vehicles from Ford from the early 1990s to today. His blue print, silver basecoat ute 'CYA' (as in "See you later") is still in the birthing process but is already considered the best Ford ute currently on the road.

Judges at the Personalised Plates muster awarded Best Ute to Paradise Waters' Aiden Quig's 2001 Holden Commodore VU, Best Ford to Rudolf Trifunovich's 2000 Ford Falcon XR8 and Best Holden to John Duffy's 1960 FB Holden. Trifunovich also took out Best Paintwork. Shannon Schneider's 1969 HK Holden won Most Feral and Michael Draheim was rapt with Best Engine Bay for his 1974 HQ Holden. Story end

Full story and more pictures: OUTBACK October/November 2002

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