The April to June 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 jaw-dropping BMW 3.0 CSL – it’s original Irish, its bright orange, and it’s dropped on big BBS wheels, so it’s as unique a classic road-burner as you could ever hope to see! We also take a look at two more rare sports coupes, namely a highly-desirable narrow-body Opel Manta 400 road car and a capably-modified Toyota AE86 Levin GTV, and also a triple-punch of Ford stories comprising of a recently-restored Mk2 Escort RS2000, a pair of motorsport Anglias and a Mk1 Escort Mexico with a unique family tale behind it. A blindingly yellow Chevrolet Corvette rounds off another highly varied issue of features, while on the event report front we’ve a wide selection including the Retro Targa classic rally event, the Ger Murphy Memorial, Race Retro, the Derek Walker Trial, the amusingly-titled ‘Not the Boxing Day’ Trail and a look at some of the best cars from the Lancaster Insurance NEC Classic Motorshow in Birmingham. Add to all this our Club Scene section, News & Products and Diary Dates listings and a buyers’ guide on the Mk2 Ford Escort and you’ve got another un-missable issue.
Don’t miss out; get your April to June 2016 edition of Retro Classics Magazine at any good newsagent from the 1st of April, or click on the button to buy online!
Of sixties BMWs, the E9 is the most admired of all, and of these the 3.0CSL is the one to have. A potent lightweight homologation special built to allow BMW to enter touring car racing, the CSL has become a legend in the four decades that have followed. However, you won’t see another like this original Irish example…
The Straight & Narrow
From watching classic rallying and hanging about at car shows you’d be forgiven for thinking that Opel’s iconic Manta 400 only ever came in the full-whack, all-hanging-out, wide-arch version. This rare original 400 road car shows us just what was available off the showroom floor in the early eighties.
Seán Conlon likes fast cars, and had a succession of them from his younger days to follow the Donegal and Circuit of Ireland Rallies of the 1970s. But there’s one that has a special place in his heart – this Mk1 Escort Mexico, with which he was recently unexpectedly reunited.
Despite being a niche model built for only four years in the mid-eighties, Toyota’s AE86 coupe has literally achieved cult status thanks to its light, responsive, “back-to-basics” layout. Chris Gray’s rare GTV is one of the best we’ve ever seen.
Having rallied and admired Mk2 Escorts for many years, Des Byrne got his hands on his very own RS2000 in 2009, and has spent the last six years restoring and enjoying his dream car, putting 7,000 miles on it in two years! When you see it, it’s hard to blame him…
Practically since its inception the performance and competition potential of the little Mini has been exploited to the fullest, with today’s technology making them faster than ever before. Chris Greene of Waterford Mini Restoration is itching to put his newly-built Clubman rally car through its paces.
As C3 Corvettes go, we’ve seen many over the years, and in all states of repair. Some tend to be better than others, but the results of Waterford-man John McCarthy’s recent ten-month project shows us how appealing a C3 can look today.
Not So Angelic Anglias
Designed as humble family transport fifty-odd years ago, Seamus Anderson’s two Ford Anglia 105Es have been revamped for motorsport use, and are able to show a clean pair of heels to more exotic machinery these days.
News & Products
What’s new in the retro classic scene in
Ireland and beyond.
- The Derek Walker Trial
- The 5th Gerard Murphy Memorial
- Vintage & Classic Car Show & Road Run
- Irish Touring Car Championship Review
- Lancaster Insurance NEC Classic Motor Show
- ‘Not the Boxing Day’ Rally
- Race Retro 2016
- Retro Stock
- Retro Targa
Retro Club Scene
Our monthly look at clubs catering for retro classic cars.
Retro Buyer’s Guide
How to buy yourself a Ford Escort Mk2