By Danny Baggott @Dan_Baggie
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Videographer / director: Dean Swindell
Producer: Danny Baggott, Ruby Coote, James Thorne
Editor: Ethan Edwards
Samantha’s ex-husband had always told her ‘women should never own an Ute’, and so when they separated, she made it her goal to not only own one, but also totally pimp it out.
Spending the last eight years converting the utility vehicle into a detailed masterpiece, Samantha from Gold Coast, Australia, could not be more pleased with the outcome – and admits it’s worth the $90,000 (AUD) she paid to complete it.
Samantha, 44, told Barcroft TV: “To now have what I always wanted to achieve – yeah it’s really great.
“When I separated from my husband, he had always said I’m not allowed to have a Ute. So my first thought when we separated was to go out and buy one.
“That’s where it all started back in 2010.”
Samantha wanted to follow a specific theme for her car-conversion that best matched her personality.
“So the Joker, he is totally out of the box,” she said.
“I am out of the box too. I don’t do the average. If I am told not to do something, I always make sure I can.
“We both don’t do anything along the lines of normal. And a female owning a Ute is definitely not normal.”
The main features of the car include the airbrushed Joker faces and his best quotes splashed on the exterior, in addition to custom lights and strips of purple and green LED’s bringing the interior to life.
Samantha continued: “We have the main Joker mask right up in the front seat with us. It makes us feel like he is there.
“We also have LED strips and light bars and a huge custom stereo in the back.
“The whole process of conversion would have cost me more than $90,000 (AUD) minimum on modifications.
“But for me to get out, enjoy and socialise with the car – it’s all more than worth it.”
Getting out to events and socialising in the car world was a big motivation for Samantha to pay the expenses and put the work in.
Samantha often feels as though women are in the minority amongst car fanatics and is hoping to be an instrument for change.
She said: “When me and my friend Peter are at these shows with the car, people usually ask if Peter is the owner.
“Of course, he always says no straight away. We even had shirts made to say 'I’m the owner and driver', and even then people still question it.
“I think they just can’t believe it’s a woman’s car.”
Peter Freeman, Samantha’s friend, helped her with some of the manufacturing processes, including the installation of the projectors and hydro-dipping the front of the car.
Peter said: “When we go to car shows, I always put on a Joker mask to carry through the theme and scare people a bit.
“I helped Samantha quite a bit with the modifications, hard dipping and lighting in the interior.
“But I’d like to say as well, I totally agree with her. It doesn’t matter who you are, every person has the right to be a car enthusiast if they have a passion for it.”
Samantha added: “Women should definitely get into the car world more. Go out to shows, meet new people and show off your cars. It’s great.
“And yeah, regarding my Ute, there has to be a proud moment now. I have got this far with it.
“I’ve got a wall full of trophies and ribbons and it’s something you take out there and be really proud of.”