UTES kitted out in stickers, flags, bullbars and all the other flamboyant trimmings of Aussie pride are common sights in the country.
But the Abbey family's 1999 Ford XH ute which won best feral ute at the South West Queensland Sub Chambers Regional Finals has been turning heads since it received its "feral" makeover earlier this year.
Prior to last weekend's big win, the family had well and truly represented Chinchilla with wins at Chinchilla Show, Jandowae Show, Jandowae Timbertown Festival and a second place at Oakey Show with their Mad Max themed beast.
Yet, despite Megan Abbey's love of the Mad Max movie franchise which spurred the decision to create the (literally) moving tribute to the films, the mum of four said the family had no idea about the director's Chinchilla connection.
"I love Mad Max. I watch it over and over to get new ideas (for the ute)," Mrs Abbey said.
"When we pull up at the servo everyone wants to take photos if it."
The ute was something of a "family project" for the Abbeys with their young children helping to paint the bright red "blood" all over its formerly white body and attach real bones and animal skulls to its exterior.
"It's an awesome ute. We're very excited to be going to the Ekka."
Now the Mad Max themed feral ute is missing just one thing to make it truly authentic: a blue heeler.
"That's the next thing we need to get."
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