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Pimp my Ride: Australian man sets fire to his car while trying to 'turn it into a convertible'

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 28/09/2015 | 12:09

The car post-makeover
The car post-makeover

Sometimes things just don't go to plan.

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Australian Darren Hopkins decided to treat himself to a convertible for his 36th birthday.

But instead of heading to his local Porsche dealer he decided a custom-made vehicle was the way to go.

With a little help from his friends, he set about creating the ultimate convertible.

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The budding car designers took turns at slicing off the roof using an oxyacetylene cutter which resembles an open flame that can cut through metal.

When tiredness set in the group left the vehicle unattended and the car soon burst into flames.

Despite the loss of his vehicle Hopkins was surprisingly upbeat.

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"I thought it was hilarious, it’s my big-ass birthday candle," he told NT News.

"I just couldn’t blow it out, I had to call the fire brigade."

Local police said in a statement that no charges will be brought against Hopkins.

"Unfortunately there is no criminal charge for destroying your own property," it read.

His misadventure has since gone viral.

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