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Sorry, I saw someone mention Ute and I had to pop in for a look.

Oh. I'm getting a huge chuckle out of the Ferrari Utility. That's a crackup.

The origin tale of the utility vehicle has it that the first one was a Mercedes that an Aussie sheep farmer (or cocky) altered. He supposedly wanted a farm vehicle that he could lug animal feed, dogs and sheep around in during the week, but was good enough to take his Mrs to town in for church on Sundays.

Here's a genuine Holden V8 Racing Ute shell that I've got in primer at the moment.

 

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One petunia in a field of onions
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Martin, the Utes are done by MJK and sold exclusively by Chris Osborne at Thunderbird Slot Racing in Adelaide. At risk of getting into trouble for linking they're here. AUD 36 plus P&H. Seems he has only the Ford in stock currently, but if you drop him an email I'm sure he'll see you right. Nice guy. I actually got to meet him in person in June after 3 years of dealing online.

The shells were made to fit on the appropriate Scaley V8SC chassis, however there's been a few tweaks to the chassis over the last couple of years.

I have both the Holden and Ford on the ever growing to do list. Plus this one which will be a 'special.'

I think Patto has decals for the official race liveries. For this one I'm trying to design something suitable. I should be able to do it easily after 7 years experience of designing vehicle graphics and the like. Problem is I'm struggling to break out of 'Corporate look' and into 'Race livery'.

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I knew a fellow Aussie would have access to the full story.

Now where on earth did I get the tale that it was a Merc from. Probably one of my rellies with a slight touch of snobbery attached.
 

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Hmmm.... a 1934 Ferrari turned into a utility farm vehicle. I'm not a huge Ferrari fan, but that strikes me as rather an impossibility. Now an Alfa would be another matter. A Bugatti would be nothing short of sacrilege. But, I think Hispano Suiza would've come up with something truly spectacular.

Will post images of the Ute when I can. I promise. It's to be a present for someone. So, shhhhhhhhh......

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