The January to March 2016 issue of Retro Classics Magazine goes on sale today, and as always is packed with features and event reports from the world of classic, retro and motorsport cars in Ireland. On the cover of this issue is a stunning Vauxhall Chevette HSR replica that has caught our eye at several events over the last year or two; even though it looks like an all-out rally car (and was inspired by its owner’s memories of Jimmy McRae tackling the 1980 Circuit of Ireland) it’s been built strictly for road-going fun – with a hot twin-Webered 2.3 under the bonnet, fun it most certainly is! We also take a special look at the phenomenon of the Cosworth 24v-transplanted Ford Capri with a double feature on two absolute peaches – they’re about as different as two Mk3s could get, but are both highly desirable nonetheless. We continue the six-cylinder Ford theme but from a different continent as we check out a distinctive straight-six ’67 Mustang coupe, but open up the variety once again with a supercharged Mk1 Golf, a Bertie Fisher-inspired Opel Manta and a Cooper-style Mk1 Mini with a poignant family history.

We have a simply massive amount of event coverage in this issue, the reports including the VAGE VW Show & Shine, BMW E30 Owners Big Meet Weekend, the Irish Escort Club’s Mourne Run, the Causeway Mini Show in Portrush, Ted’s Opel Vauxhall Run, the Classic & Old-Skool Toyota Run and many, many more besides, and we also run you through the ins and outs of buying yourself a real classic legend, the Volkswagen Beetle. Add to all this our Club Scene section, News & Products and Diary Dates listings and you’ve got another jam-packed issue.

Don’t miss out; get your January to March 2016 edition of Retro Classics Magazine at any good newsagent from the 16th of December 2015, or click on the button to buy online!





Short Circuits

When a childhood passion turns into an adult obsession, great things can come of it. Des Earle’s very special Vauxhall Chevette HSR replica is one such example, with its twin-Webered 2.3 slant four, long-wheelbase suspension and stunning level of fit and finish.


Even though hot hatches were starting to rule the roost by then, back in the early eighties we reckon Ford could have created a buying frenzy if they’d wheeled Seán McCarthy’s pristine Cosworth V6-powered X-Pack onto the showroom floor. As Mk3 Capris go, this could well be the ultimate…


Stealth Bomber

It’s the car he “always promised” himself, as the Ford Capri’s famous ad slogan goes, but while it took a lot longer than Wicklow-man David Burnell expected to get his car the way he wanted, it is now one heck of a ride – and he’s not finished with it yet.


The Dog House

The birth of the ‘hot-hatch’ was signalled by the arrival of the very first Golf GTI, a legacy that has stood the test of time for decades. Historically, the Golf is Volkswagen’s bestselling vehicle by nameplate, with more that 29 million built by 2012. However none left the factory like Ronan Hickey’s.


Little Miss Mini

Thanks to their cute styling, cheeky character and lively driving style most classic Minis tend to become part of the household. However, Seamus O’Brien’s beautiful ’65 Mk1 Cooper replica has a closer family bond than most.


Donnie Darko

On paper a straight-six-powered ’67 Mustang Coupe on Volk wheels sounds like a strange combination, but Darko Gajovic’s unorthodox stunner proves otherwise following a two-year build.


Fisher Price

The sound of DIL 9842 on the rev limiter on its way to winning the 1987 Donegal International Rally has etched itself into the memory of rally enthusiasts all around Ireland. One particular Letterkenny man, Kevin McGlynn, decided to make the perfect tribute to the distinctive white Opel Manta 400, driven by one of the best rally drivers ever to come out of Ireland.


News & Products

What’s new in the retro classic scene in

Ireland and beyond.

Show Reports

  • IEC Mourne Run
  • Classic Fords 4 CF
  • NI Speed Weekend
  • VAGE Show & Shine
  • E30 Big Meet Weekend
  • Todd’s Leap Ulster Rally
  • Ted’s Opel Vauxhall Run
  • Junction One Ford Show
  • Causeway Mini Weekend
  • Future Classics Race Series
  • Classic & Old-Skool Toyota Run
  • Irish Tarmac Rally Championship
  • HRCA 2015 Roundup


Retro Club Scene

Our monthly look at clubs catering for retro classic cars.

Retro Buyer’s Guide

How to buy yourself a Saab 900