Sandman sets tongues wagging at CQ classic car rally

Austin Foxhall from Gladstone with his 1975 Holden HJ Sandman Panelvan at a CQ Classic Cars meet at Red Hill on Saturday afternoon. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Austin Foxhall from Gladstone with his 1975 Holden HJ Sandman Panelvan at a CQ Classic Cars meet at Red Hill on Saturday afternoon. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

REDHILL car park was roaring with the sound of engines on Saturday as Central Queensland Classic Cars Club held their first show for 2016.

The show attracted good numbers, with 50 to 60 cars parked up for all to admire.

Austin Foxhall brought his 75 HJ Sandman up from Gladstone for the meet.

He said the Sandman was a bit of a favourite with the older people in the crowd.

"Everyone loves it and they call it the sin bin or shaggin' wagon," Austin laughed.

"They come up with a twinkle in their eye and reminisce about when they were younger."

Austin, who is a radiator fitter by trade, said he tried to come up to as many car shows as possible.

"I enjoy going to the car shows; we all have a common interest and it's just a lot of like-minded people getting together," he said.

"It's nice when you've got your car all finished and people come up and compliment you on them."

Austin said anyone was welcome and encouraged everyone to go along and have a look, especially if they had an old classic.

"A lot of these cars the younger people have never seen before … It's very nice to see them kind of be taken aback by these cars," he said.

"We're pretty much like proud mums and dads; we all love our babies."


Sandman facts

The Holden Sandman is a unique piece of Australian motoring history.

1974 brought the launch of the HQ Sandman ute and panel van. It was a new take on vehicle marketing, turning the everyday commercial work vehicle into a sports styled weekender.

The Sandman was an icon at the beach and also a warning to parents everywhere that their daughters were no longer safe going to the drive-ins.

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