Distribution Issues in Northern Ireland

We have been informed that magazine deliveries to our valued subscribers in Northern Ireland are being disrupted by the ongoing industrial action by Royal Mail. Simultaneously, due to a separate issue at our Northern Ireland distributor, the supply of the magazine in the shops this month has also been extensively delayed. 

To all our affected subscribers, we would like to clarify that the magazines were sent out by us on Thursday the 15th of September, and they will be with you shortly. Let us assure you that we really appreciate your patience on this issue. If you’re a reader of the magazine and you’re having trouble finding a copy in the shop, we can also confirm that stocks will be arriving at selected shops from the start of October. Alternatively, as always you can order it online (with free postage on the island of Ireland) from our website at www.irishvintagescene.ie, or by calling our office at 091 388805, from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, and have it delivered to your doorstep.

Again, we apologise for any inconvenience caused, and really appreciate your patience and your ongoing support of the magazine.

Tom Heavey, Managing Editor, Irish Vintage Scene


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Claiming the cover spot of our October 2022 issue is one of the most infamous Italian cars of all, but sadly for the wrong reasons – the stylish, practical and lively Lancia Beta was on course to turn around its maker’s fortunes when it was launched in 1972, but some well-publicised corrosion issues unfortunately took over the narrative and ruined its reputation. Fifty years after its launch, we look at what should have been an Italian success story. Our second featured car is a simply stunning 1978 Mini 1000 that was purchased in order to lower with a big set of wheels, but when its owner realised how amazingly original it was, he changed his plans from modification to preservation.

Our tractor feature this month tells the story of a recently restored Massey Ferguson 65 that’s been part of the same Galway family for three decades, our motorcycle feature introduces us to two members of the Irish Classic Racing Association and three of their racing machines from Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha, and our commercial vehicle feature showcases a beautiful 1966 VW Microbus that was rebuilt by its owner after he imported it from the US, where it had been sitting in a field since the nineties!

All of the usual favourites are in there too, so don’t miss out – pre-order your October 2022 issue of Irish Vintage Scene right here and receive it before it’s in the shops, with FREE POSTAGE on the island of Ireland!

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Gracing the cover of our September 2022 issue is one of the most special and important car models of all time – this year marks the 100th birthday of the one and only Austin Seven, and to celebrate we bring you a bumper seven-page feature on Herbert Austin’s baby. Our second featured car couldn’t be more different, a rare, fast and exclusive Bitter CD coupe from the mid-1980s, the brainchild of German former motor racer Erich Bitter.

Our tractor feature this month delves into a collection of Lanz Bulldog tractors based in Co. Laois, and owned by a life-long fan of the marque. We are delighted to feature a Brough Superior motorcycle in the magazine for the first time, a JAP V-twin-powered 1937 11.50 to be exact, while our commercial vehicle feature showcases a 1972 Ford D-Series that was rescued from the briars and restored as a lockdown project by a father and son team from Co. Westmeath.

All of the usual favourites are in there too, so don’t miss out – order your September 2022 issue of Irish Vintage Scene right here and receive it before it’s in the shops, with FREE POSTAGE on the island of Ireland!


This Week’s Events (September 30 – October 6, 2022)

Upcoming events listed in Irish Vintage Scene magazine: 1st October: Irish Veteran & Vintage Car Club’s autumn social run for cars up to 31st of December 1992; for further details, see www.ivvcc.ie. 2nd October: The Connacht Pre-War Run, based at Hotel Westport, Westport, Co. Mayo; for further details, call Keith on 086 8523782. 2nd October: The Gerard Murphy Memorial Classic Car Show & Run, Co. … Read more

This Week’s Events (September 23 – 29, 2022)

Upcoming events listed in Irish Vintage Scene magazine: 24th September: Autojumble, antiques and collectors fair at Nutts Corner market, Co. Antrim. Gates open 8am for public; for more info, call 0044 (0)79 3638 9125.  24th & 25th September: Irish Veteran & Vintage Car Club’s 9th Brass Brigade Rally, for cars up to 1919; for further details, see www.ivvcc.ie.  24th & 25th September: Bray Vintage Car … Read more

This Week’s Events (September 16 – 22, 2022)

Upcoming events listed in Irish Vintage Scene magazine: 16th to 18th September: The 2022 Cortina Owners Club of Ireland Autumn Weekend Rally, for COCI members only, based at the Clonmel Park Hotel in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary; for details, call Ger Walsh on 087 2772906. 18th September: Muskerry Vintage Club’s Annual Charity Run, Co. Cork; for more info, contact Lar on 087 226872. 18th September: Yesteryear … Read more

Classic Fest Presentation to Two Worthy Charities

Sunday the 3rd of July this year famously saw hundreds of classic vehicles and thousands of members of the public descend on Galway Racecourse for Classic Fest 2022, hosted by Irish Vintage Scene Magazine. One of the largest events of its kind to take place in Ireland this year, the event is the brainchild of our own Tom Heavey, who not only lost his daughter, … Read more

Napiers Reunite to Honour Milestone in Motorsport 

The 120th anniversary of the first British victory in international motorsport will be celebrated on this year’s RM Sotheby’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run on Sunday the 6th of November, when Selwyn Francis Edge’s 1902 Gordon Bennett Cup-winning 6.5 litre, 40bhp Napier will be accompanied by its remaining sister cars. Both date back to 1903 – the former is a 7.7-litre, 50bhp car from the 1903 Gordon Bennett Cup race … Read more

This Week’s Events (September 9 – 15, 2022)

Upcoming events listed in Irish Vintage Scene magazine: 10th to 18th September: Mercedes-Benz Club’s 70th anniversary 8-day driving event around Ireland, starting on Saturday the 10th in Leinster; for details, contact Catherine Barlow on 0044 (0)1780 482111 or [email protected] club.co.uk. 11th September: Courtbrack Vintage Society’s Annual George Spillett Memorial Run & Vintage Day in Courtbrack, near Blarney, Co. Cork; for info, call John Mulcahy on … Read more

This Week’s Events (September 2 – 8, 2022)

Upcoming events listed in Irish Vintage Scene magazine: 2nd to 4th September: Imp Club in Ireland weekend away at the Dunsilly Arms Hotel, Co. Antrim; for details, call 087 9883450. 2nd to 4th September: Garden of Ireland Vintage Car Club’s Liam Kelly Memorial Run, with registration at The Grove Bar, Delgany, Co. Wicklow from 9.30am; for details, call Eileen on 087 8329235. Accommodation available for … Read more

Doctor’s Orders

Damien Buggy wasn’t searching for a project car when he heard about a two-door BMW 318i that had been sitting in a doctor’s garage for almost a decade, having been bought new by him in 1986. The original Irish E30 found its way to Damien’s garage in Co. Laois four years ago, and has come in for a subtle makeover since. Words by Suzanne Keane, … Read more

Kilkenny Motor Club Show

After a three year absence due to Covid 19, the Kilkenny Motor Club’s highly-anticipated annual show will return to St. James’ Park in Kilkenny on August 28th, as always on the last Sunday of the month.  “At long, long last the time has finally arrived for us in Kilkenny to play host ourselves to the vintage and classic automobile fraternity,” says David Dreeling of the … Read more

This Week’s Events (August 26 – September 1, 2022)

Upcoming events listed in Irish Vintage Scene magazine: 28th August: Kilkenny Motor Club’s annual classic car show at St James’ Park, Kilkenny; for info, call Eamonn on 087 9441900 or see www.kilkennymotorclub.com. 28th August: Donegal Vintage & Classic Car Club’s Tullaghan Run from the community centre in Tullaghan; for details, call Sean O’Rourke on 087 2555701 or Eunan Kelly on 087 2366924. 28th August: RIAC … Read more