The April to June 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 carries a very special Porsche indeed – we ask the question “Is this the ultimate 911”, as with pre-facelift RSR looks but upgraded later 930 turbo internals it’s the best of both worlds. In fact this car is a mid-eighties car backdated to look like a pre-’73, and added to the mix are a while host of clever and unique touches to make this a German hot-rod like no other. Elsewhere in the magazine we look at machines as diverse as a GT/E-style Opel Kadett Coupe powered by a 20-valve Toyota engine, an ex-rallycar Mk1 Golf with a potent motorsport spec and show-stopping looks, a pair of much-loved Mk2 Escorts (one of which is a rare standard RS Mexico), and a totally unique roof-chopped, air-ride VW Beetle built at home. We also check out a Mk1 Capri 3000GT and a stunning Mercedes 300CE that packs a whole host of period eighties gear, so there’s certainly something for every taste! Turning to events, in this issue we traditionally take advantage of the quiet Irish show scene over the winter by covering some overseas events, including Autosport International, Race Retro, the Lancaster Insurance NEC Classic Motor Show and the London Classic Car Show, but we don’t neglect Ireland either with coverage from the Initial Rentokil Historic Rally of the Lakes, the Derek Walker Trial and many more events. We also tell you what to look out for when buying yourself a Volvo 240, a once-frumpy Swede that’s now a popular retro choice. Throw in News & Products, Diary Dates and Retro Club Scene and you’re left with another packed issue.
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As proprietor of a Porsche service and restoration garage, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Jon Miller would have knocked this stunning 911 together in a thrice. However, this incredibly detailed and complete build has been a hard-fought labour of love that’s been going on since 2012, but the results are worth the effort.
Thanks to Ford’s hardworking marketing boffins the Ford Capri has been one of the most desired of coupes since its launch in 1969. Of these, the Mk1 is the most sought-after today, particularly in muscular three-litre V6 guise like this beauty from Cork.
The American Dream
The story of this stunning VW starts some nineteen years ago when, at the age of sixteen, David Hunt navigated for his brother Ivan in a Class 14 standard-production Mk1 Golf GTI. But, it was another rallying Golf that was to make the biggest impression on David, as he tells us in his own words.
If there’s one thing that the VW Beetle has become famous for over its life, it’s being the perfect platform for customisation, from beach buggies to trikes to hot rods. Robert Mathews turned to decades of custom culture for inspiration to create his very own unique machine.
Not content with restoring a rare Opel Kadett C coupe discovered rotting in a field, Matthew Hill has added a whole lot of vitality to its driving experience thanks to a 20-valve Toyota twin-cam and a host of other goodies to create a GT/E replica with a flavour all of its own.
There is a well-known phrase that ‘the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,’ and that could be applied to many of our readers who continue to express a love for cars like the generations of family who came before them. It’s certainly no different for John Dillon from Bray, Co. Wicklow.
The W124 series of the eighties and nineties is widely hailed as one of the best-quality cars Mercedes have ever built, which on the grand scheme of things is certainly saying something. Yet, you still don’t see many of them restored or modified. When people see this 300CE, we think this might start to change…
News & Products
What’s new in the retro classic scene in Ireland and beyond.
The Miners Run
Autosport International 2017
Ballincollig Cars & Coff ee
The Derek Walker Trial
The 6th Gerard Murphy Classic Car Show & Memorial Run
Rentokil Initial Killarney Historic Rally
London Classic Car Show 2017
Lancaster Insurance NEC Classic Motor Show
Not the Boxing Day Rally
Retro Club Scene
Our monthly look at clubs catering for retro classic cars.
Retro Buyer’s Guide
How To Buy Yourself a Volvo 240