Screen Shot 2016-06-27 at 10.19.24The July to September 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 is graced by a simply stunning Mk1 Escort that packs both show and go thanks to a smooth engine bay, Vauxhall XE on Jenvey throttle bodies
, and a plethora of top-notch hardware. It’s been a dream build for its Co. Kerry-based owner, and took a prominent prize at the recent Limerick Classic Car Show. Sticking with the Ford theme, our editor chimes in this time with his finally-completed Mk1 Fiesta 1600 and we look at one reader’s fun Escort/Anglia combo. It’s not all Fords though, as we also showcase a wild bike-carbed Fiat X1/9 hillclimb car, a retro-cool Datsun 280Z, a very individual VW Derby, and bring you a special feature on Japanese-powered Minis with both a Honda VTEC- and Toyota turbo-powered example. Events-wise we have coverage from all over the island, from the Loughgall Festival of Motorsport to the Kilbeggan American show to the Copper Coast Challenge and many more, and we also inform you on what to look out for when buying a BMW E30, a once-underrated classic that’s now on the up. Throw in News & Products, Diary Dates and club listings and you’re left with another packed issue.

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Black & White

Even though we’re constantly coming across impressively-well-built feature cars, every now and then you encounter one that you just know has been a real ‘dream-build’ for its owner, and something that’s the culmination of many years of inspiration and hard work. Noel O’Keeffe’s stunning Escort is a case in point.



On The Wedge

In 1972 the Fiat X1/9 jumped off the pages of designer Marcello Gandini’s sketch-book, and was soon dubbed the “Baby Ferrari” by motoring press, the light and agile machine still being competitive in motorsport today, as demonstrated by Gordon Fogarty’s hillclimb missile.


The Snot

What’s all this? Could our editor finally have finished his 1980 Ford Fiesta, a mere fifteen years after he bought it for the grand sum of £25? With a tweaked 1600 crossflow, five-speed gearbox, uprated suspension and plenty more besides, it’s certainly owing him a little more at this stage!


Dark Matter

The first of our mad Minis this month, Robert Mulligan’s turbo monster is as black as Darth Vader’s cape and just as menacing. It’s a hugely impressive home build, and has the sort of performance that would have Alec Issigonis oscillating in his grave.


Orange Alert

The second of our special-feature Japanese-engined Minis is as diff erent in character to Robert Mulligan’s black car as you could get in such a narrow niche. Loud and proud in both looks and sound, James McLerie’s orange VTEC isn’t shy about its performance.


Roller Derby

The diminutive Polo-based Derby might be a serious rarity nowadays, but that hasn’t stopped Andrew Harper from Kilkenny from getting his hands dirty, modifying his and extracting maximum fun out of it over the last seven years.


Plan Z

An ill-fated experience with an eighties Nissan 280ZX implanted Alex Bodi with a love for the earlier Z-Cars, which recently saw him embark on an adventure to secure his own classic 280Z, which is in highly original condition.



Butler Service

Tom Butler from Co. Limerick has wide tastes in classic vehicles, including Porsche and David Brown tractors. However, the blue oval holds a special grip on him, and in this issue we look at just two of the fun classics in his collection.


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News & Products

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

Show Reports

  • IEC Blacksod Run
  • Circuit Déjà Vu
  • Copper Coast Challenge
  • Croft Hillclimb
  • The 7th Irish Escort Club Inishowen Run
  • Midland American Auto Club Show
  • Limerick Classic Car Show
  • Loughgall Festival of Motorsport
  • ALMC Endurance Trial
  • Youngtimer Warsaw
  • Retro Stock 1
  • OVCI Kadettfest
  • Autosport International

Retro Club Scene

Our monthly look at clubs catering for retro classic cars.

Retro Buyer’s Guide

How to buy yourself a BMW E30