From rusty wreck to unique ute

Cecil Park's Simon Grima entered his Ute in the U Beaute Ute Competition at the Easter Show and won best in show. Picture: Wesley Lonergan

Cecil Park's Simon Grima entered his Ute in the U Beaute Ute Competition at the Easter Show and won best in show. Picture: Wesley Lonergan

What the ute once looked like.

What the ute once looked like.

HOW beaut is your ute?

For Cecil Park's Simon Grima, his award-winning 1956 Holden FE Coupe is a glamour machine.

The 42-year-old entered it into this year's You Beaut Ute showcase at the Easter Show and claimed the top prize.

He won Best in Show, as well as coming second in the Street Ute category.

"My ute was judged on its weight, engine, the look, style, modification and interior," Mr Grima said.

"It was really good to win. I entered it in 2011 and came third in the same category, so I'm pretty happy."

The motor mechanic and mechanical engineer said he had spent more than $15,000 building his ute, which took six years to complete.

But he said all that time and money spent was worth it, with his ute winning more than 60 trophies at numerous car competitions across western Sydney.

"It's very unique. It's the only one in Australia," he said.

"Originally, it was a four-door sedan. It was old and rusty at first but then I transformed it into an award-winning ute.

"That's what I love about building cars — seeing something old turn into something brand new."

Mr Grima's ute is his pride and joy.

But he also enjoys building other cars.

Mr Grima, who owns Bonnyrigg Tyres and Mechanical, said he was currently working on rebuilding a 1974 HQ Holden.

"I'm going to rebuild it to the factory original," he said.

"I have been working on it for three years now so it'll be finished in another two."

He said in the next few years he would also challenge himself to rebuild a 1946 vintage truck.

"It's a great hobby. I love modifying cars and seeing the end result."

Mr Grima has been working on cars since he was 10 — helping his father who was also a mechanic.

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