Irish Vintage Scene Issue 180 available now

Taking the cover slot of the June 2021 issue of Irish Vintage Scene is a legendary classic roadster that was the lockdown restoration of one Co. Cork enthusiast – this Triumph Stag Mk1 is a rare, original Irish example that had fallen on hard times before it received a full owner restoration during last year’s pandemic restrictions, and now it’s ready for a summer of motoring fun. Our second featured car is another rare Irish survivor, an Austin 16/6 registered new in 1930 by a Dublin solicitor, and which is believed to be the only surviving example in Ireland or the UK sporting its Gordon ‘Sunshine Saloon’ bodywork. Having been cherished by its first family for 38 years, it has passed through a succession of vintage enthusiast owners, ensuring that it has survived in amazingly original condition. 

Our tractor feature this month showcases a Fordson Dexta that is still residing on the same farm that bought it new in 1962, and is in stunning condition after a recent in-depth restoration by its family. Our motorcycle slot goes to a 1978 Honda 175 that has been rebuilt as a family project to an amazing standard, while our commercial feature is the lovely tale of one man’s quest to honour his father’s memory by restoring a Bedford CA van just like the one he drove in the sixties.

All of the usual favourites are in there too, so don’t miss out – get your June 2021 issue of Irish Vintage Scene at any good newsagent, or order it here with FREE POSTAGE!


Keen to keep a copy of Irish Vintage Scene with you at all times, but don’t fancy carrying around a paper magazine with you? Launching this month for the first time is a digital edition of Irish Vintage Scene, meaning you can read your favourite Irish old vehicle magazine on the go on your mobile phone or tablet, or at home on your PC or laptop. As well as all the great content you’ve come to know and love, the digital edition of Irish Vintage Scene is bursting with extra features including an audio function, where you can have the feature articles read back to you – perfect listening while you’re driving, working or spannering in the garage. Choose between a mobile-friendly blog layout or conventional page-turning layout, and follow quick and easy links embedded in the magazine to get to your favourite article or advertiser in the blink of an eye. Available by subscription or individually, you can keep all of your archived issues in one place, so there will never be a copy of the magazine far away from you.


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Event Updates

With uncertainty currently surrounding the rate at which Covid-19 restrictions will be eased over the coming months, event organisers are having to think on their feet in order to predict the show season as best they can. While there are green shoots of hope, these are coming too late for many events that were scheduled for the next month or two, with two organising clubs … Read more

Ex-Feature Cars on RTE’s Nationwide

Regular readers of Irish Vintage Scene were in for a treat on the 5th of May, when RTE’s Nationwide programme dropped in on Ballyhoura’s Pat Conroy. Not only has Pat restored a Co. Limerick castle in his time, but also two very rare Irish-built 1959 Plymouth cars – one a limousine, the other a hearse that was so far gone that Pat chopped off its … Read more

Longstone Tyres Sponsor Light Car Race at Oulton Park, UK

There is a buzz of excitement within the UK’s Vintage Sports Car Club (VSCC), as the light car race will be re-established at their 10th of July Oulton Park race meeting. Sponsored by vintage and classic tyre specialists Longstone Tyres, this forty-minute endurance race will be contested by an amazing array of weird and wonderful light cars and cycle cars – the likes of which … Read more

Classic, Vintage & Antique Auction this Weekend

With the hobby being literally closed down for the last sixteen months or so, this weekend’s Euro Auctions event in Irvinestown, Co. Fermanagh is an exciting prospect. The collection of classic, vintage and antique tractors, plant, machinery, motorcars, commercial vehicles and parts will take place on the grounds of the stunning Caste Irvine venue just outside Irvinestown, and will be hosted by world-renowned auctioneers Euro … Read more

RSA & Gardaí issue safety appeal as 6 motorcyclists killed in collisions since start of year

Motorcyclists reminded to ‘ease off the throttle’ Motorcyclists urged to wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment and high visibility clothing Drivers reminded to look, and look again for motorcyclists  Friday 16 April 2021: The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and An Garda Síochána are appealing to motorcycle riders to slow down, ‘ease off the throttle’ and keep within speed limits. The appeal is being made in response … Read more

Durrow Vintage Show

Oh boy, do I miss the Durrow Vintage Show. For thirteen years the third or so weekend in April saw the Durrow show take place, attracting huge turnouts to this season opener. Originally started by Seamus Ryan back in 1979, the event ran for a few years and slipped away until Seamus’ son,Austin Ryan brought it back to life in the grounds of Durrow Castle … Read more

Meeting a Legend

Happy Birthday Paddy Hopkirk Happy birthday wishes to Paddy Hopkirk, who is today celebrating his 88th birthday. Paddy, who hails from Northern Ireland and attended Trinity College, had his first job with VW in Ballsbridge Motors but shot to world fame when he won the Monte Carlo Rally in 1964 in a Mini against all odds.The win is still much talked about today. Back in 2009, … Read more

Are you going to Swords on Sunday?

Well that’s the question many would normally be asking this week as the Classic & Vintage Sale, Show & Autojumble run by Dermott Flynn would normally take place on the first weekend in April. Well, that was pre-Covid…  While the show has a full title, it affectionately became known as ‘the Swords show’ due to its now long-time venue in the National Show Centre, very … Read more

Happy Birthday to the R 107 SL

Fifty years ago this month, in April 1971, Mercedes-Benz initiated a new chapter in the fascinating history of the SL sports car: the 350 SL was the brand’s first SL with a V8 engine, and the first model in the R 107 model series to bear the “R” abbreviation for “roadster” for the first time. The completely new two-seater with fully-retractable fabric top and removable hardtop was … Read more

What’s in issue 179 May 2021

Sweeping Statement International Acclaim    Yesterdays Yami  Special Service    Top Ten    Regulars News & Events The latest developments from all over Ireland and abroad. Diary Dates The most comprehensive list of upcoming events in Ireland. Your Letters Have your say and get it off your chest; this is your place to say what you really think. Q&A  Each month we pitch a motoring question … Read more