AN ALEXANDRA Headland car enthusiast and his young son could only watch helplessly as the car they were restoring ignited and erupted in flames at Maroochydore.

The rare 1978 Leyland Mini Van was the duo's labour of love, the pair having spent hundreds of hours carefully restoring it to its former beauty.

Traffic was kept to a standstill on Sugar Rd and Buderim-Mooloolaba Rd about10.30am as a Clayton's truck driver hosed the flames while firefighters rushed to the scene.

Popping could be heard as aerosol cans in the car also exploded from the heat.

Police were called to direct traffic at the busy road.


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