PHOTOS: The Foxhalls are 'Dun Shaggin'
AUSTIN and Kerrie-Anne Foxhall picked up their Holden 1976 Sandman four weeks ago, and apart from beginning the endless work that needs to be done, the first priority was organising new plates for the car.
And while they are not yet changed over officially, the plates will soon read 765 HAG.
To some it will look nothing out of the ordinary, but the plates spell out '76 Shag.
"We have called it 'Dun Shaggin'' because our kids asked us if we are going through a mid-life crisis," Kerrie-Anne laughed.
The couple took photos at Gladstone Old Skool Car Shows, before deciding to join and get a car of their own. Initially Kerrie-Anne was looking for a Kombi van, but both agreed a Sandman would be better.
Kerrie-Anne grew up with her dad and his Holdens, while Austin had old Holdens growing up and the couple met because of cars 30 years ago.
So a Holden was an obvious choice, but the Sandman is somewhat unique. "Everyone has a one tonner or Torana," Austin said. "There is a yellow one apparently that gets out in Gladstone sometimes."
The first Sandman the couple found was in Tasmania, before stumbling on another at Yeppoon.
And although it needed a lot of work, they took the car anyway.
It was a good call, because the Sandman has original wheels which fetch a large price, but will not be leaving the Foxhall's possession.
Already a lot of electrical work, engine work and cosmetics has been done.
Austin said the process may last forever. "It is a never ending labour of love."