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Issue-130-coverThe March 2017 issue of Irish Vintage Scene (Issue 130) is on sale now, and there’s no missing it thanks to the Mandarin Orange colour of the Mk1 VW Polo on the cover! One of the first of the really successful European superminis, the Mk1 Polo was a popular sight on Irish roads in its day, but today is a surprisingly rare model at the classic shows – this one’s been in the same ownership for almost thirty years now, and it’s gone from a motorsport tool to a full-blown restoration project to cherished classic in that time. Funnily enough, our second feature car, a 1958 Austin A35, has also been in the custodianship of its present owner for a long time – 47 years in this case – and is a rare Irish-assembled survivor.

Our main feature tractor this month might look like a nicely-restored Ferguson 20 from a distance, but get up close and personal with this unique creation and you’ll discover that its engine has twice as many cylinders and almost double the capacity of the original, thanks to a 3.9-litre Rover V8 transplant. Our second tractor is a return to more familiar fare, as we outline one Laois family’s affection for their restored Massey-Ferguson 135. Our feature motorcycle is an award-winning 1969 Bultaco Sherpa trails machine that’s been in its current ownership since almost new, while our commercial feature looks at a very rare, Argentinean-assembled Mercedes 170D pickup truck that was imported from California. Our long list of show reports includes the IVVCC Brass Brigade Run, the Gerard Murphy Memorial Classic Car Run and more besides, and all of the usual favourites are in there too, so don’t miss out – get your March 2017 issue of Irish Vintage Scene today at any good newsagent, or order here online!


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News & Events


E Fox Engineers Ltd 2017 “Chequered Flag” motorsport sponsorship scheme.

E Fox Engineers Ltd today announced details of their 2017 “Chequered Flag” motorsport sponsorship scheme. Following on from the hugely successful implementation of the scheme back in 2015, the Baldonnell based tool suppliers will launch the scheme once again for 2017 in conjunction with Facom and Britool Expert tools. Competitors in all forms of Motorsport are eligible to partake and can register online from early … Read more…


€100 cash & other prizes for your snow photo

It’s snowing outside so we just thought of a great idea for next years Christmas cards. Why not get a cool photo of a vintage vehicle outside in the show, something like the one we’ve used in the past. We’ve a few ideas below to get the creative juices flowing… The Winning photo could be used as our 2017 Christmas cards. The winner will receive €100 cash … Read more…


Road Safety Alert – Snow & Ice

Wednesday 11th January: The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is advising all road users to take extra care when using the roads over the next 72 hours as Met Eireann has issued a yellow weather warning nationwide for sleet, snow and ice. Very cold wintry weather will develop from Wednesday evening and will last until midday on Saturday. There is a risk of 3-5cm snow nationwide … Read more…


Vintage Tyres 20% off January Sale

JANUARY SALE! Welcome to Vintage Tyres’ January sale We’re taking 20% off our Avon (car range), Ensign and Waymaster tyres until the end of the month. Click on the buttons below to go straight to the deals or call 01590 612261 now. All offers are for UK retail sales only. Offer ends on January 31, 2017 /products/car-tyres/waymaster-jan-2017-offer


Carey Wins €50k Motorsport Ireland Young Driver Award

Meath’s Cian Carey was named as the winner of the Motorsport Ireland/Sport Ireland Young Driver of The Year Award earlier this week at a ceremony in Sport Ireland’s Ballycoolin Campus The 2016 BOSS Ireland Champion was one of three finalists chosen from the original nominees, the other two being Andy O’Brien and Jordan Dempsey. Driving his Mooretown Engineering Formula Renault car, Cian won the BOSS (Big Open Single … Read more…


The ‘Head-Skimmer’ Crossword 2016

After a few years of absence, this year Dick Byrne is back with his aptly-titled Head-Skimmer Crossword. As always, you’ll have to be firing on all cylinders to find all the clues to this one, and all completed entries will be entered into a draw to win €100 cash. All entries must be submitted by the 31st of January, and if you don’t want to … Read more…


The 37th Erne Vintage Car Club Annual Rally

This year, on the occasion of the Erne Vintage Car Club’s 37th Annual Rally, I decided to spend the weekend with the club instead of leaving after the run on Saturday, and it was worth it. The event took place from the 19th to the 21st of August, and the Friday night saw a very big display of vehicles in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, with the … Read more…


Moynalty Steam Threshing 2016

Co. Meath’s Moynalty Steam Threshing Festival is one of the largest vintage events in the country at this stage, and the 2016 festival on the 14th of August was another fantastic day, as Paddy O’Rourke shows in his photos. Words & Photos by Paddy O’Rourke


Time-warp, unregistered Ford Granada Scorpio for sale

A pre-production 1991 Ford Granada Scorpio with just 1,325 miles on the clock, will be offered at auction by CCA. The car has been in storage for over two decades and been preserved in excellent condition. The car narrowly avoided scrappage thanks to its owner, making it an exceptionally rare find on the market. A pre-production 1991 Ford Granada Scorpio, used exclusively by Ford for … Read more…


Anatomy of the Works Minis

There is no doubt about it: the Mini was, and still is, a force to be reckoned with in motorsport. One event that made it famous was the Monte Carlo Rally, and none more so than in 1967, when our own Paddy Hopkirk took the chequered flag in a works Mini. While I always knew that works cars were well and truly modified versions of … Read more…