Casino show is a roaring success
By RENEE REDMOND
ANDREW Webb's hobby is his ute.
The 23-year-old Lismore resident entered his 2001 model Ford Falcon XR-8 ute in the inaugural Clint Edwards Memorial Ute Muster Competition at the Casino Show on Saturday.
He took home $200 for runner-up in the best street ute division.
"I bought my ute standard and I've added bits and pieces to it. It's a hobby for me and I spend a crazy amount of time on it," Andrew said.
The Alstonville car detailer said the XR-8 was his first ute, but he'd been into cars ever since he got his licence.
"The ute was an impulse buy, cars are a very expensive habit and they're really addic- tive too," he said.
In preparation for the competition, Andrew spent several hours cleaning and polishing his ute, only to drive across gravel roads to get to the competition.
"Cleanliness is one of the things the judges look for. Maybe not so much in the feral ute division, but certainly for the street utes," he said.
The competition offered a total prize pool of $3200 for the 36 motor enthusiasts who en- tered, rolling up in polished and proper, or filthy and feral utes.
"I like to come to ute musters because you can get together with a heap of people and show what you've done with your car. That's what it's all about," said Andrew.
Mullumbimby property manager, Matthew Lee, took his Holden HQ down to the Casino Show for the bachelor and spinster section, and was pleased with the crowd turn out.
"I've been to a few ute shows but I haven't been too successful. I like my ute because it shows off better than a town ute," he said.
Rebecca Paccagnella, of Tenterfield, was the overall competition winner, winning both the best bachelor and spinster ute and best chick's ute.
Rebecca took home $600.
On Saturday night Rebecca Scofield, 17, was crowned Miss Showgirl.