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Retro Classics Magazine issue 23 coverThe October to December 2016 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 time around the cover spot is scooped by a no-holes-barred tribute to one of the most legendary rally cars of the eighties: this very correct Ascona 400 replica packs top-notch hardware including a brand-new Phase 3 2.4 sixteen-valve built by Gerent Motorsport in Germany, plus a 400 transmission, brakes, proper VDO dash and lots more, and has been a dream build by its Donegal owner. And, amazingly enough it’s one of two rare Asconas in this issue, as we also look at a super-rare RHD Ascona A from 1974, one that’s been restored to beautiful order by a father-and-son team. Elsewhere in the magazine we look at machines as diverse as a wide-arched Mk1 Fiesta, a Mini 1275 GT with a famous former owner, a trophy-grabbing Mazda MX-5, a supercharged VW Polo Mk1, an Escort XR3i with a Zetec conversion, and even a sixties Chrysler Imperial that will look very familiar if you’ve ever watched the Green Hornet movie! Events-wise we have coverage from all over the island, including the Cultra Hillclimb, the Irish Classic & Vintage Motor Show, the Neal Egan Run and many more, and we also tell you what to look out for when buying yourself a Morris Minor, an affordable classic with lots of modifying potential. Throw in News & Products, Diary Dates and Retro Club Scene and you’re left with another packed issue.

Don’t miss out; get your October to December 2016 edition of Retro Classics Magazine at any good newsagent from the 30th of September, or click on the button to buy online!





Astounding AsconaAstounding Ascona

They say that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. If that’s the case, then Bernard Glackin is paying the original Ascona 400 one heck of a compliment with his outstanding recreation of the rally legend.

The Wide Blue Yonder

The Wide Blue Yonder

Celebrating its fortieth anniversary this year, the Fiesta Mk1 is well and truly getting the attention it deserves from classic fans at last. Jason Mooney’s blue beauty sports all the good bits, but still hasn’t lost its intrinsic character.


Blue-Ribbon Roadster

Blue-Ribbon Roadster

If you’ve attended a car show of any kind over the last number of years you can’t help but have noticed Ian Cummins’ immaculate Mazda MX-5, which has hauled home an incredible number of trophies in that time. Here, we delve into the background of this well-known show car.

South Polo

South Polo

The first generation of VW Polo is rarely seen today, particularly in Ireland in right-hand-drive. This one might bear some of the scars of time at first glance, but further examination reveals that there’s some performance hardware simmering under the surface…

Top ‘Tec

Top ‘Tec

Having survived a marriage breakup and over ten years in storage, this Mk3 Escort XR3i Cabriolet has found an enthusiastic owner that has treated it to not only a restoration, but an 1800 Zetec conversion too.

Black Beauty

Black BeautyA model made famous by its appearance in the TV series and movie about the Green Hornet, the 1965 Chrysler Crown Imperial is a seriously big slab of American metal. Carl McClure wanted one for twenty years, and now that he’s found one he doesn’t mind the fuel bill.

Opel Relationship

Opel Relationship

Father-and-son team Gerald and Adrian McGrillen have Opels in the blood, with an impressive collection between them. In this issue, we look at one of the rarest of the lot – a RHD Ascona A that’s been given a mild retro makeover.

Kee PlayerKee Player

Once owned by rallycross legend Dermot Carnegie, Allister Kee’s Mini 1275GT was off the road since the early eighties following an accident and languished in very poor condition for decades, but was rebuilt in recent years to take in a club road-trip to England.


News & Products

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

Show Reports

  • Neal Egan Show
  • Donegal Historics
  • Cultra Hillclimb
  • Future Classics Racing
  • Terenure Classic Show
  • Irish Touring Cars
  • Anne Casey Joy Run
  • Nantasket Beach Car Show
  • Portrush Ford Fair
  • Kilbroney Vintage Show
  • Mosney Car Show
  • Ulster Rally Historics

Retro Club Scene

Our monthly look at clubs catering for retro classic cars.

Retro Buyer’s Guide

How to buy yourself a Classic Morris Minor