V8 Utes Muster to the Mountain

V8 Ute drivers Gary Baxter and Kim Jane will be heading to the Deniliquin Ute Muster Friday, 3 October, in celebration of the festivals 10th birthday.

Jane and Baxter who are currently ranked second and fourth respectively in the Yokohama V8 Utes Racing Series will attend the event on their way to the famous Mt Panorama.

Whilst at the Deni Play on the Plains Festival, the drivers will be on-hand to sign autographs and will also have their Utes on display.

Gary “Chuckie” Baxter who is a stunt driver in his spare time will also be judging the Lightforce OZ National Circle Work Championships.

The Sage Automation driver, who has competed in a few Circle Work competitions himself, will be relieved to be on the other side for a change.

“It will be good to be behind a panel instead of a wheel for a change, it is a lot less stress. I haven’t been to the Muster before so I am really looking forward to it,” Baxter said.

The two day event will feature Utes from all over Australia and the festival will be looking to break their current Guinness World Record for the title of the largest parade of legally registered Utes in the world.

The current record that was set in 2007 stands at 6,235 Utes.

Jane who is also attending the event for the first time is excited to be part of the biggest ute muster of its kind.

“This is my first involvement with the Muster and we are excited to be meeting all of the Ute drivers and are really looking forward to a great weekend,” said Jane.

Baxter and Jane will be part of another historical event just one week later in Race Three of Round Seven of the Series at Mount Panorama in Bathurst.

This will mark the 200th race in the V8 Utes Racing history.

Jane who has been racing the Utes since 2003 thinks it’s a pleasure to be driving with such a fantastic category and on such a momentous occasion.

“I’m just wrapped to be a part of the class, if you look at all other sorts out there like Supercars; for the budget and kind of racing we’re doing it’s a privilege to be a part of such a great category,” Jane said. The 200th Race will be televised live on the Seven Network, Sunday, 12th October from 7:50am; Race Two will also have a live screening on Saturday, 11 October from 12pm.