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The Passion for Utes

An Australian Obsession
  • ISBN-13: 9781925868098
  • Publisher: WOODSLANE PRESS
  • Author: Wakely, Joel
  • Price: AUD $49.99
  • Stock: 104 in stock
  • Availability: Order will be despatched as soon as possible.
  • Local release date: 07/08/2019
  • Format: Hardback (215.00mm X 260.00mm) 204 pages Weight: 1182g
  • Categories: History [HB]Motor cars: general interest [WGCB]Australia [1MBF]
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To complement his fully illustrated history of utes in Australia, Joel Wakely has gathered together dozens of fascinating stories about many of the models that various Australian manufacturers (and indeed some overseas ones too) have produced since the early 20th century. Joel tells the whole story of utes in Australia, from the first home-constructed vehicles in the 1910s and 20s, to Fords first true ute in the 1930s, the first all-Australian (Holden) ute in the early 1950s, and the highlights of several more decades of ute development. With contributions from dozens of ute enthusiasts about their myriad cars plus hundreds of photographs, many never seen in print before, this is a ute book like no other, a book from the heart that goes deep into the passion that utes engender.

Joel Wakely has worked with and raced with cars almost his entire life, owning several significant and some very rare models, including several utes. He knows utes like he knows the back of his hand, and he knows many other passionate ute lovers like himself. In 1958 Joel started his first business venture: a new BP service station. It was here he got involved in a racing team. After working for Bob Jane-T Mart for 7 years he started a 30-year career in the car rental industry with Avis Rent-a-Car Australia and later Dollar Rent-a-Car. After a short retirement, Joel’s passion for cars led him to start another new business: Avant-Garde Detailing, specialising in the restoration and detailing of prestige and unique vehicles. Passion for Utes is his fourth book.


CHAPTER 1                                    BEGINNINGS I: AN OVERVIEW

CHAPTER 2                                    BEGINNINGS II: THE ‘FIRST’ UTE

CHAPTER 3                                    THE FORD UTE STORY

CHAPTER 4                                    THE GM-HOLDEN UTE STORY

CHAPTER 5                                    THE CHRYSLER UTE STORY

CHAPTER 6                                    INTERLUDE: RENT-A-UTE

CHAPTER 7                                    ICONIC UTES FROM THE USA

CHAPTER 8                                    ICONIC BRITISH AND GERMAN UTES

CHAPTER 9                                    ICONIC ASIAN UTES

CHAPTER 10                                  UTES: AN AUSTRALIAN OBSESSION

CHAPTER 11                                  AFTERWORD


  • Over 24,000 copies sold of Joel’s previous two Passion books
  • Interest in Australian utes runs very high with numerous clubs, meets, rallies and competitions
  • Includes dozens of stories about individual cars
  • Author has had a personal involvement in the motor industry for over 60 years

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