The November 2016 issue of Irish Vintage Scene (Issue 126) is on sale now, and this month we’ve pushed the boat out to mark the 40th anniversary of a small family car that’s touched probably every household in the country since 1976 – the Fiesta was Ford’s first foray into the front-drive supermini sector, and what a success it’s been. To celebrate, we not only feature an extremely original 1980 Fiesta that’s never left Co. Clare, but also compare it with the current-model Fiesta and also report on the recent Fiesta 40 event run by Ford at Weston Airport in Dublin. Elsewhere in the magazine we look at two more family favourites of the past, namely the Datsun Cherry and the Renault 4, both of which are rare surviving Irish-assembled examples.

Moving to tractor features, our first looks at an extremely rare petrol-powered Massey-Ferguson 135 vineyard, which is so narrow it has to be seen to be believed, while we also tell the story of the South Donegal Vintage & Heritage Club’s recent restoration of a Ferguson 20, which is going to be raffled for charity in 2018. Our motorcycle feature looks at the history of one of Matchless’ most important models, the G3, while our commercial story looks at a pair of Mk1 Ford Transits that couldn’t be more different from each other. Our long list of show reports includes the Ballymena Steam & Transport Festival, Charleville Vintage Show, Mini Legends NI, Cultra Hillclimb and more besides, and all of the usual favourites are in there too, so don’t miss out – get your November 2016 issue of Irish Vintage Scene today!


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RSA and An Garda Síochána launch October Bank Holiday Weekend Campaign   27 October 2016: With the clocks going back this weekend, heralding darker days, the Road Safety Authority (RSA) and An Garda Síochána have today urged road-users to ensure they can be clearly seen when out on the roads. The most effective way to do this is to wear high visibility clothing such as … Read more…


The second-ever Benbulben Motor Show (Photos)

The second-ever Benbulben Motor Show took place in Grange, Co. Sligo last June, and Patrick Mullan was there with his camera to capture the day. Photos by Patrick Mullan

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Editors Letter from issue 125

Welcome to another busy issue of Irish Vintage Scene. This month I’m going to write about something that I am sure many of you will have an opinion on, and just like me you should have your say. If you agree with me, or indeed if you disagree, then why not put pen to paper or email us your thoughts for publication? This subject has … Read more…


FREE Family pass to Limerick Diecast, Model & Diorama Show

We have a family pass to give away to the 6th Limerick Diecast, Model & Diorama Show on Sunday 18th September 2016. To be in with a chance of winning this family pass (2 adults, 3 children) just complete the below form. (Winner will be picked on Friday 16th September, tickets will be waiting at the door for the winner)    


Are You The Most Fuel Efficient in Ireland?

September 25th Maxol will bring back the National Fuel Economy Run, an event which was hugely popular in the 70s and 80s.  Find out if you’ve got the most fuel efficient driver and car pairing in your respective vehicle class.  There’s an overall winner on the day and runner up trophies in each class too.  The event kicks off at Maxol’s new M3 Mulhuddart Service … Read more…


Exclusive invite-only event

Some of you may be aware that Ford Ireland will be holding an exclusive invite-only event on Friday 30th September to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Fiesta. The event will kick off in the Kildare area at about 10.30am, and will involve a convoy drive of 40 Fiestas, whereby the planned activities will commence for a couple of hours, with refreshments being provided. For … Read more…


Road Safety Alert – Yellow Weather Warning Issued for Heavy Rain

9th September 2016: The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is advising all road users to take extreme care when using the roads as Met Éireann have issued a Yellow Weather Warning for strong winds from 10am to 9pm today, Friday 9 September. Southerly winds later veering southwesterly are expected and will increase to 55 to 65 km/h and will gust up to 90 to 100km/h at times. … Read more…


Largest ever Cannonball event for Ireland

190 supercars and novelty cars, €850,000 raised for Irish charities, 900km of Irish open roads, free family festivals, celebrities, live music, dancers, stunt riders, aerobatic displays and the awesome sight of over 150,000 excited spectators coast to coast waving chequered flags from September 9th – 11th 2016   The largest ever CANNONBALL event takes place from September 9th to 11th all over Ireland. Now in … Read more…

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2016 IVVCC International Gordon Bennett Rally

One of Ireland’s premier motoring events, the 2016 IVVCC International Gordon Bennett Rally took place from the 10th to the 12th of June, and brought 165 pre-1931 cars to the event base at the Killashee House Hotel in Naas, Co. Kildare. Irish Vintage Scene’s Andrew Pollock was lucky enough to travel in two very fine vintage Vauxhalls on the day – the 1921 30/98E of … Read more…

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This Month’s Newsletter Video Link

Each month we like to bring the recipients of our online newsletter something of interest from the worldwide web, be it a video, photo or a blog. This month, we bring you an example of the mad-hattery that surrounds Dougal Cawley, Managing Director of UK-based vintage and classic tyre specialists Longstone Tyres. Well-known in vintage motorsport circles for his hairy 1929 GN/Ford special, affectionately known … Read more…