No matter where you go in this world, there is always going to be a group of people that loves to customize trucks. The ways these trucks become customized are proprietary to the trends, surroundings, intended use, and the parts and accessories available in any given area. So, what may look funny to us may be cool for other people and vice versa. In addition, when it all comes down to the bottom line, we are all here for the same things-competition, friends, gettin' your drink on, girls, and the love of trucks.
When you live out in the bush (country) of Australia and your nearest neighbor could be 100 kilometers (62 miles) away, it can be hard to meet people. So, a group of people decided to put together a party where single guys and girls can get together, hang out, and dance. This one party inspired others to throw these get-togethers, which are now known as Bachelor & Spinster Balls. Fast forward to the last 10 years, blokes (guys) would drive utes (utility vehicles or pickups) because it is the most practical vehicle in the bush. These trucks look more a Mad Max Reunion tour with their huge tubular bumpers, radio antennas, lighting, and flags. Well, one thing leads to another, a few words here and there, and before you know it, BAM! Let the competition begin. Ute shows have become part of the B&S Ball scene, agricultural shows (fetes), and rodeos, where the shows are usually on Saturday and the ball starts after the show. If you think about it, it is the equivalent to a truck run.
Australia is very strict on modifications, and if you don't abide by them and an officer pulls you over, then you can expect a fine of a couple hundred dollars and a yellow sticker, known as a "Canary" or "Defect" notice, is placed on your windscreen. You must fix the offending areas of your vehicle within a certain amount of days, then have your vehicle inspected for roadworthiness. If it passes, then the sticker will be removed and you are free to drive that vehicle again.
In da weeds ... this ute appears...
In da weeds ... this ute appears to have adjustable suspension.
The bullbars that are on the front of these utes are not just to see whose is bigger, but they actually serve a purpose. The Australian outback has many creatures that like to throw themselves out in front of moving vehicles. And if you are unlucky enough to run into a 6-foot kangaroo, donkey, or even a horse, they could cause a lot of damage and even death. Most of the utes with the big bullbars, lights, and aerials are not legal, but most police officers turn the other way because some these modifications can save lives and vehicles.
Once you look past the exterior cosmetics, you will find things like N2O kits, Chevy 350 small-blocks, stereo systems, and full custom interiors. So, just remember, as you laugh and make fun of their trends, they're doing the same thing about ours.