This article on Mike's HR panel van was originally published in the January 2016 issue of Street Machine
READERS with long memories will recall Mike Reilly as the owner of a white LJ Torana that was featured as an 11-Second Street Animal way back in SM, Dec ’81/Jan ’82. The car later dipped into the 10s in street trim, but these days Mike gets around in something a little more sedate.
“A year ago I bought this ’67 HR van as a ground-up resto, so I could use it for the occasional swap meet and car cruise. It runs a 186 six-banger, with a four-speed Opel gearbox and LSD rear end.
The van is basically stock apart from a few details like the 17-inch Showwheels, the tiller and Dakota Digital gauges. I sent it down to Victoria and left it in the capable hands of Victor Reilly of Bucket Panels to look after the custom paint and signage [Yes readers, the same Victor Reilly whose injected V8 Holden FC was featured in Van Wheels & Street Machine, way back in Aug/Sep ’81 – Ed]. It makes a lovely ornament in the shed to walk past each day!” Not to mention a cool promotional tool for Mike’s business, Mike’s Classic Cycle Spares.