FLASHBACK: Kathy Gilliland and her husband Ian won the 2016 South Burnett Sub-Chamber final with this Dodge Ute.
FLASHBACK: Kathy Gilliland and her husband Ian won the 2016 South Burnett Sub-Chamber final with this Dodge Ute.

Sub-chamber ute finals to wow at Blackbutt

GET ready rev-heads.

The Ute Muster at Blackbutt Show will be one of the largest in the district this year as it coincides with the sub-chamber finals.

The best utes from all of the South Burnett shows will descend on Blackbutt to test their metal ahead of the Ekka in August.

The categories on show include Best Street Ute, Best B&S Ute, Best Chicks Ute, Best 4X4 Ute, Best Work Ute, Best Feral Ute and Best Classic Ute.

Kathy Gilliland and her husband Ian won the best Classic Ute at the 2016 Sub-Chambers with a 1953 Dodge ute.

Mrs Gilliland said their machine carried a V8 Chrysler engine and was polished to perfection.

"It's the first time we'd entered,” she said.

They'd initially entered the Blackbutt Show to boost numbers but the judges took a shine to their machine and it ended up in the sub-chamber finals.

"Before we took it down to Brisbane we got it re-upholstered and put on new wheels,” she said.

The extra love was needed to help the vehicle stand out from the crowd.

"The competition was very, very strong but we actually won judges choice award,” Mrs Gilliland said.

"They really look for the unique vehicle, ones that have shown they have put a lot of work and love into their car.

"Particularly for the street ute category.”

Mrs Gilliland's husband's love for classic cars started as a way to reconnect with his family's history.

His father used to have the Benarkin School run and would ferry the students to class in an old Dodge van.

Ian was in the process of tracking down a similar van when the couple came across their ute.

"Even though it was ute and not a van it was so well restored and looked after he started from there,” she said.

"We had two shells before we found the restored ute but he's still looking for that school bus.

"He's still got he bug unfortunately.”

The muster starts at 7pm on Friday, May 19 with sub-chamber judging to follow.

Entry costs $10 for your first vehicle and $5 for every other vehicle.

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