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The Triple Eight Sandman Is An Ass-Hauling Australian 'Panel Van'

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As a "tribute" to the iconic two-door station wagons of Holden Australia's yesteryear, Red Bull and Triple Eight Engineering have cooked up this insane shooting brake with 705 BHP, full racing suspension, and... surfboard racks.

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"We're here after six months of development to reveal our secret project and what an honour to be a part of a Tribute Edition Sandman and have it race around the track this weekend," said Holden V8 Supercar champion Jamie Whincup

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The original Sandman was, well, it was this:

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A riotous El-Camino/vanmobile marketed unscrupulously at free-spirited Aussies to do drugs and have sex in. I know; we need more cars like this these days.

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It really was a "passport to a good time" with "105 feet of party room in the back," (both lines in Holden brochures for the car).

Holden first revisited the Sandman idea in 2000, with a one-off ute painted "Bushfire" that depicted "Depicting uniquely Australian 'beach and bush goddess' themes." So you're not free to interpret that however you want, here's what they were talking about:

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It's too bad Red Bull insisted on going so sterile-sinister with the graphics on their "new Sandman." The shape and stance is spectacular, but the original just can't be touched on swagger.

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Hat tip to Joel!

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DISCUSSION

Bloody hell, if you're going to write an article about Australian cars you could at least get the terminology right...

"2 door station wagon" - the correct term is "panel van"

"El Camino" - *snorts* Its a "ute" for crying out loud! It's always been a ute and always will be a ute...

They made panel vans by taking the basic ute, removing the back bulkhead for access, and adding a cover and tailgate. My parents banned me from ever buying one when I first got my licence...