PHOTOS: Corrosive liquid poured over classic Sandman van
AUSTIN Foxhall returned from holidays with a toxic taste in his mouth when he saw the damage done to his "baby".
Corrosive liquid was poured on the roof and bonnet of his beloved Holden HJ 1975 Sandman panel van.
It left the surface feeling like "sandpaper".
It was a surprise to Mr Foxhall, who said he never had any trouble in his usual quiet street in New Auckland.
And he feels his car was targeted, considering the perpetrator had to walk past three cars in his front yard to get to the Sandman.
He said there was no way it could have been an accident.
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"Our cars are our babies … we go to car shows to meet other people who love to talk about cars and to get more ideas.
"We put our heart and soul into them … so when something like this happens it's very disheartening to say the least."
While he has restored most of the damage, he was most disappointed with the lack of respect.
It took Mr Foxhall two days to sand back and re-buff the car.
"When you look closely which of course you do in shows - you can see the stains where it's run down.
"On two spots on the roof it looks very lightly pitted because the liquid has etched into the paint quite deeply.
"The cover that was on it is completely destroyed too."
Mr Foxhall and his distinctive Sandman van has become well-known among the classic car shows in central Queensland.
Earlier this month he was a crowd favourite at the Central Queensland Classic Cars Club show.
He has installed a motion sensitive camera inside the car and another camera near the house which has all of their cars in view.