Emma Maybury admits her choice of motor vehicle turns a few heads in her home suburb of Campbelltown, more known for its ‘‘doof doof’’ cars than a country-style ute.
But the 24-year-old’s 1995 Holden Commodore ute was in its element on Sunday as one of scores of utes taking part in the eighth annual Albion Park Ute Show.
Ms Maybury presented her highly stylised vehicle for judging in the Best Chicks’ Ute category, hoping the smattering of pink would impress the judges.
Ms Maybury said transforming her ute into a show quality car has included adding a five-post front bull bar, a rear sports bar complete with four spotlights, and a liberal dose of accessories, ranging from the ‘‘essentials’’ - a pink emblazoned coffee mug - to the indulgent - hair straighteners and a blow dryer.
To top it off, there’s also about $2000 worth of stickers adorning the ute at any one time, Ms Maybury said.
‘‘I’m always putting new stickers on and removing old ones I don’t like or have grown tired of; it’s an ongoing thing,’’ Ms Maybury said.
‘‘It’s definitely a labour of love.’’
Ms Maybury attributed her love of utes to her family, saying her mother, father and step-father all had them when she was growing up.
‘‘My first car was a Holden Barina, but I only had it for a year before I got this one [two years ago],’’ she said.
‘‘Now my 14-year-old brother wants one as well.’’