Taking the cover spot of the December 2020 issue of Irish Vintage Scene is one very special Ford Escort Mk1 – a rare Mexico 1600GT that was sold new at Sheils of Ennis Ford dealership. Following the recent completion of its top-notch restoration, we join in the occasion when it returned to its former dealership to meet some faces from its past. Our second car feature this month looks at another performance icon, but from a different era – to mark the fortieth anniversary of the Audi Quattro, we meet with the owners of both an Ur Quattro and a later Coupe quattro to see how revolutionary this model was in its time.

Our tractor feature this month visits the collection of Arnold Charters from Co. Tyrone, which is full of interesting models including a long-owned Allis-Chalmers ED40 and a very original Nuffield 4/60, while our commercial vehicle feature brings us a very original Ford Transit Mk2 from Co. Cork in this, the 55th anniversary year of this legendary van. Our featured motorcycle is a Kawasaki Z650 that’s looking the part following a light restoration, while our On the Spanners project roundups drop in on our editor’s Ford Fiesta and VW Beetle, as well as the now-completed Mk2 Golf GTI we first looked at a few months ago. All of the usual favourites are in there too, so don’t miss out – get your December 2020 issue of Irish Vintage Scene at any good newsagent, or order it here with FREE POSTAGE!

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News & Events

Steve McQueen Poster Heading for Record Price

A rare Steven McQueen Le Mans movie poster has a current bid of £2,000 in H&H’s online automobilia auction. This original large poster is the holy grail of motor-related movie posters, and has stirred up quite an interest so far in this week-long online auction.   Automobilia is something all petrol heads collect, even though we might not think we do. Over time we build up … Read more

The Irish International Grand Prix held from 1929 to 1931

Bob Montgomery, well-known motor historian and author, has published what can only be described as his best book yet, which focuses on the history of the Irish International Grand Prix held from 1929 to 1931. As Bob says in his forword, he has written on this subject before but he always felt that these three historic races deserved a more detailed publication of their own, and … Read more

UPDATED Event Cancellations

To date, this is the list of events we have been informed have been cancelled or postponed due to the COVID 19 virus. We will update this list regularly when we receive notification of affected events. If you are an event organiser, please email us if you have a cancelled or postponed event that you wish to add to this list; emails can be sent … Read more

Picnic in the Park Goes Virtual

By Thomas Heavey If you’re a regular reader of Irish Vintage Scene, you will know that one of my favorite events of the summer is the RIAC Picnic in the Park, which takes place each year in Marlay Park in Dublin. This informal evening get-together is open to classic cars and motorcycles of all ages, and as the name suggests, all participants are encouraged to … Read more

Irish Vintage Scene Vintage & Classic Show Cancelled

I’m afraid that this weekend I have bad news, which really was inevitable. Our Irish Vintage Scene Vintage & Classic Show planned for the 20th and 21st of June at Galway Racecourse has been cancelled. There was no doubt in our mind for the last month that it would not proceed, but we were looking at other possible dates with a view to rescheduling. However, these have not … Read more

A Long Walk to a Show

By Tom Heavey Ten years ago this weekend, my wife, Pauline and myself walked from Naas in Co. Kildare to Cork over seven days, and ended up at the Innishannon Steam Rally. Now this might sound like total madness, but it wasn’t really – our walk was part of the Naas-to-Cork Steam Engine Run in aid of Spina Bifida, and each day as the steam … Read more

Next issue update

After publishing 167 editions of Irish Vintage Scene, and always getting it on the shops shelves for the on-sale date, due to the current COVID 19 pandemic we have decided that we will cease publishing for at least the next issue of the magazine. So, the May issue that would have been on sale on the 20th of April will now not be published. This … Read more

Limerick Motorfest Memories

By Andrew Pollock This weekend many thousands of enthusiasts and day-trippers alike should have been looking forward to the Motorfest Ireland event at Limerick Racecourse, which of course has fallen foul of the coronavirus restrictions, like every other. One of our personal favourites on the summer show calendar, each year the Limerick Classic Car Club pull out all the stops to put on a fun-packed … Read more

Where Should You Be This Weekend?

By Tom Heavey As another bank holiday approaches, we are all left dreaming of what could have been a great weekend for our hobby. While it’s disappointing, it’s the right outcome – if we all play a part in reducing the spread of the COVID 19 virus, then it can only be good. We here at Irish Vintage Scene do hope all our readers and … Read more

Introducing the Fleet

By Stephen McEvoy I should probably start by introducing myself, as those of you who’ve joined the Irish Vintage Scene movement in the last five or so years won’t know me, and the rest of you have likely forgotten me, if not my car! Up until 2015 or so I was a very regular contributor to the magazine, when my full-time job took me to … Read more