Justin’s sin bin

By Nicole Williams
JUSTIN Burrage has had his eye on a Holden Sandman since he was a young kid, when his dad worked at a Holden dealership.
“I think hanging around the dealership and seeing the new cars come out, helped (develop his love for Sandmans),” he said.
Mr Burrage is now the proud owner of a windsor blue Holden HZ Sandman panel-van from 1978.
He bought the car in 2005 and used it everyday for 12 months before taking it off the road for restoration.
“She was pretty rough when we got her,” Mr Burrage said.
Together with his mechanic father, Mr Burrage restored the car and said he couldn’t have done it without the help of his dad.
Completely restored, the van now looks as close to factory-standard as was possible – except for the small inclusion of a CD player hidden out of sight.
Now the Sandman is purely for show and has been on display at a ‘couple’ of car shows.
Twice the car has been entered in the Cora Lynn Country Car Show, twice in the Australian Grand National and recently in the Victorian grand title.
Next on the project list is a ‘pretty rough’ HQ Sandman ute which is waiting in the garage, ready for restoration.

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