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The January to March 2017 issue of Retro Classics Magazine is now on sale, and as always is packed with features and event reports from the world of classic, retro and motorsport cars in Ireland. This issue’s cover is devoted to what is probably the most historic Hillman Imp in the country – this Imp Rallye has been in competition use since new, including being rallied by the legendary Rosemary Smith back in the sixties, and is still competing today. What’s more, it’s carried around on a genuine ex-works trailer towed by a stunning rally service-style Hillman estate, making for a real eyeful wherever it appears. Elsewhere in the magazine we look at machines as diverse as a Sebring-style Austin Healey Sprite, an Innocenti Mini Cooper, a ’68 Mustang fastback, a potent Vauxhall HP Firenza track car, a beautifully-built Shelby Cobra replica and a Ford Escort XR3i that made a very nice present for its owner’s wife! Events-wise we have coverage from all over the island, including Rallyday 2016, the Cork Classic & Old-Skool Toyota Show, Gowran Festival of Speed, Spirit of Dunboyne 2016, the Legenderry Motor Show and many, many more, and we also tell you what to look out for when buying yourself a Mk1 Mazda MX-5, a hugely-enjoyable roadster that’s really come of age. Throw in News & Products, Diary Dates and Retro Club Scene and you’re left with another packed issue.

Don’t miss out; get your January to March edition of Retro Classics Magazine at any good newsagent from the 16th of December, or click on the button to buy online!





Competition Rootes

It isn’t often that a feature car has been owned by the current custodian for the second time around. The backstory between Andy Hennessy and his rallying Hillman Imp is fascinating, as is the history of the car itself, and even the trailer it’s carried on…

Pony Up

There can’t be a petrol-head out there that hasn’t seen the famous chase scene in the Steve McQueen movie Bullitt, and lusted after a Highland Green ’68 Mustang fastback of their own. Nigel McGuire’s car, while not intentionally a replica, certainly evokes memories of that legendary piece of fi lm.


Espresso Rosso

The Italians are famous for many things, but two of the best have to be their cars and their coffee. Like a good strong espresso, this little Innocenti Cooper delivers a powerful jolt of satisfaction to its Mini mad owners.

One-Track Mind

Even though it would undoubtedly turn every head on the high street, John Unkles’ Vauxhall HP Firenza has been built for one thing – tearing up the tarmac on trackdays, something that it’s able to do very well thanks to a highly potent 2.3.

Historic Healey

It might have the kind of cute-faced looks normally reserved for toy cars, but with the right preparation the Austin Healey Sprite is no plaything, and is well able to show bigger cars the way in historic motorsport. Trever McIlroy’s Sebring Sprite is a perfect case in point.

Snake Oil

They say that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, and if that’s the case then the AC Cobra must be one of the most admired cars of all time. There have been many replicas over the years, some good, some bad, but this Aussie DRB Cobra is certainly one of the former.

The Good Wife

Having been a thing of desire for performance car fans since the hot-hatch heydays of the 1980s, the Escort XR3i is now quite a rare machine. This one’s an even rarer specimen, as after a long period of storage it’s been restored as a gift for its owner’s wife.



News & Products

What’s new in the retro classic scene in Ireland and beyond.

Show Reports

  • Rallyday 2017
  • The Mourne Run
  • 2016 Ulster Trial
  • Classic Fords 4 CF
  • Junction 1 Ford Show
  • Legenderry Motorshow
  • Ted’s Opel Vauxhall Run
  • Spirit of Dunboyne 2016
  • Kilkenny Motor Club Show
  • BMW Classics Open Day 2016
  • Autostadt.ie Wild Atlantic Run
  • Gowran Festival of Speed 2016
  • Classic & Old Skool Toyota Show
  • Causeway Coast Mini Show 2016
  • Mk1 Golf Owners Club Ireland Tour 2016

Retro Club Scene

Our monthly look at clubs catering for retro classic cars.

Retro Buyer’s Guide

How To Buy Yourself a Mazda MX-5 Mk1