Motors & Me: Damien O’Brien and his 1985 Chevy G20 DayVan

It was love at first sight for Damien O’Brien when he saw his 1985 Chevy van

What are you currently driving?

My current drive is a 1985 Chevy G20 DayVan.

Love at first sight, or just a means to get from A to B?

Oh, love at first sight. I had looked at a couple of them, but they were all scrap. I saw this online and loved its look and stance straight away, so I contacted Peter, the owner, of V8 for a meeting. First impressions were good and Peter was a cracking fella to deal with, and has since become a good friend. It’s sort of a rolling project, improving bits as we go. The van got a respray this year in a nice retro colour.

What’s under the bonnet?

Under the bonnet is a V8 5-litre with automatic transmission. Sweet machine to cruise all day. Sort of chills you out when you’re driving it.

Petrol head or Sunday driver?

A bit of a petrol head. Love stuff from the ’70s and ’80s. Bikes, pick-ups, and vans.

Motors & Me: Damien O’Brien and his 1985 Chevy G20 DayVan

What was your first car?

My first car was a 1.1-litre Mark 1 Fiesta. My first vintage was a 1971 Morris Van. I restored the 1971 Morris Van and sold it three years ago.

What else do/did you own?

Along with the Chevy, at present, I have a few motorcycles. My favourite being a Harley Bobber Rigid. Great fun to drive, bar the back ache, but it looks the biz! I also have a 1968 Bushman trials, a Yamaha CTI trials 1973, a 1980 SP 400 trials, a 1981 IT 175, a 1980 Z500 Gamma 250 1983 Mark I model, a 1985 GSXR750 custom streetfighter, and another half-a-dozen basket cases.

Motors & Me: Damien O’Brien and his 1985 Chevy G20 DayVan

Dream drive in dream location?

Has to be the west of Ireland on a fine day. Can’t wait to take my van up the coast on the Wild Atlantic Way and chill with the family.

Passenger you’d most like on a long journey?

As long as they can drink beer and have a laugh I’m easy.

Passenger you’d least like?

Jim Carrey, I’d say. He just wrecks my head.

What’s on your playlist?

I love to listen to Neil Young and Bob Dylan during the day. Relaxing. I also like AC/DC and really a bit of everything.


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