Issue 130 (March 2017)
The 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!