As you might guess by our one-off commemorative cover, this month marks a very special milestone at Irish Vintage Scene, as it’s our 200th issue of the magazine! That’s right, it’s been 200 issues since Irish Vintage Scene first hit the shelves in June of 2006, and it goes without saying that we are looking forward to the next 200. Our main feature car this month is a very special Mk1 Austin Mini 850 assembled in Dublin in 1964, which has been in the same extended family since it was eighteen months old and has recently been rescued from decades in storage to take to the roads again. Our second classic car is another cherished machine, a 1979 Opel Ascona B 2.0SR bought by its owner out of nostalgia for the five Asconas owned by his father back in the seventies and eighties.

Our tractor feature this month is a change from the norm as it focuses on a rare example of the Thwaites company’s very first dumper from the early 1950s, which was used on its owners farm for feeding calves many years ago before ending up sitting in the briars. However, in more recent years its rarity was recognised by its owner after reading a magazine article on the model, and it’s been restored to fine order. Our featured motorcycle is a stunning Honda CD175 from Limerick, and a classic Volvo F12 truck rounds off our varied stories this month. All of the usual favourites are in there too, plus a mega giveaway to celebrate our 200th issue, so don’t miss out – get your February 2023 issue of Irish Vintage Scene at any good newsagent, or order it here with FREE POSTAGE!

RETRO CLASSICS ISSUE 48 January – March 2023


The January to March 2023 issue of Retro Classics is now on sale at good newsagents nationwide, or direct from us by ordering online with FREE POSTAGE. As always, we’ve a diverse selection of feature cars in this edition, topped by our cover car, which is one of the best-known Irish rally cars of the nineties – D934 SVW is the three-door Ford Sierra Cosworth campaigned in the early nineties by the late, great Frank Meagher, and which gained legendary status when it beat the 4×4 competition to win the 1992 Circuit of Ireland. It’s just been restored for its new owner, Craig Breen, and made its debut at the recent Historic Rally of the Lakes in Killarney. 

Further into the mag, we also feature a wide-arched Mazda MX-5 with home-built turbo conversion, a stunning Toyota Celica RA28 from the seventies, a concours-level Vauxhall Cavalier SRi 130 and a 1979 Mini that’s been in the same family since it was six months old. With a detailing guide on how to deal with car interior disasters, safely clean alloy wheels, a look back at the quirky car ads of decades past and reports from the Gerary Murphy Memorial Run, NI Mourne Ford Sierra Run, the ALMC Sports Car Show, Stormont Classic Car Show, Carlow Vintage & Classic Motor Show, the Ulster Rally and a roundup of the Historics and Modifieds in the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship, there’s plenty to get your teeth into in this issue of Retro Classics, so don’t miss out


Killarney Valley Starlet Draw

Killarney Valley Classic & Vintage Club hosted the raffle for their Toyota Starlet, as featured in the December 2022 issue of Irish Vintage Scene, on Thursday, November 24th at Kellihers Toyota in Tralee. The forty-year-old car was lovingly restored by the members of Killarney Valley Classic & Vintage Club, who sold tickets over the past six months to support four local charities that included the … Read more

The Next Classics Poised to Rise in Value

US-based automotive enthusiast brand Hagerty has revealed the ten cars selected as the 2023 Bull Market List stars. For this annual compilation, experts from the unrivalled Hagerty Valuation Team spend months identifying cars from all eras that offer a great ownership experience while also using their industry-leading market data to determine which of those models may appreciate in value. While this list was compiled for … Read more

Ford ‘Heritage Vault’ Unlocked

Earlier in 2022 Ford launched their online Heritage Vault, packed with photos, brochures and other period documentation relating to their cars, and accessible to anyone with an interest in classic Ford vehicles, anywhere in the world. Now, Ford UK have added more than 1,600 new photos showcasing every car produced there, from Anglia to Zodiac, and Transit to Fiesta. The searchable artefacts are downloadable for … Read more

International DKW Event Comes to Athlone in 2023

Each year fans and owners of the cars, vans and motorcycles built by innovative German manufacturer DKW meet up for their European treffen. DKW Club Austria were the hosts for 2022, in the town of Ybbs in July, during which there was much chat about how pleasant and successful the last Irish treffen had been, back in 2016. On their return to Ireland, members of … Read more

No Dorset Steam Fair in 2023

Irish Vintage Scene has received a communication from the board of directors of the Great Dorset Steam Fair in England regarding next year’s event, a summary of which follows. ED “Following a thorough review of the 2022 show, it is with great sadness and disappointment that the Great Dorset Steam Fair Ltd Board of Directors have to announce that unfortunately we will be taking a … Read more

Gerard Murphy Memorial Raffle Results

The long-awaited 2022 edition of the Gerard Murphy Memorial Classic Show & Run took place in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford on the 2nd of October, and was another mammoth event that attracted in the region of a thousand cars, by our own rough reckoning. While we will be bringing you a full report on this event in an upcoming issue of the magazine, we’ve been asked … Read more

Agricultural Bygones for Auction

Containing what’s described as a “lifetime collection of agriculture bygones”, an upcoming auction in Co. Cavan will certainly be of interest to vintage enthusiasts. The vast collection belonging to Tommy Shannon includes vintage tractors, machinery, enamel signs, engineering machinery and lots of automobilia, andwill go under the hammer over a two-day auction. Viewing in advance of the auction will be in Tommy Shannon’s yard, close to … Read more

Auto Trade Expo 2022

The largest Automotive Aftermarket Exhibition in Ireland takes place this weekend. 190+ Stands, Representing over 900 Brands, 8110 Visitors over two days. The Auto Trade EXPO will again prove a great experience for mechanics, technicians and apprentices from independent garages and main dealerships alike. Most trade stands will be interactive with real demos. All visitors will be able to touch and feel the parts, tools … Read more

This Week’s Events (October 14 – 20, 2022)

Upcoming events listed in Irish Vintage Scene magazine: 16th October: CART Carriganima Tractor Run; for info, call Danny Lane on 087 2213848. 16th October: Yesteryear Motor Club meet at Scanlon’s Yard car park, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, X35 NT68 at noon. All cars welcome; for details, call Noel on 087 9700720. MODEL SHOWS: 15th October: Toy & Model Auction in the Castle Arms Hotel, Durrow, Co. … Read more

This Week’s Events (October 7 – 13, 2022)

Upcoming events listed in Irish Vintage Scene magazine: 9th October (CORRECTED DATE): Wicklow Vintage Club Terence Dunne’s Annual Threshing & Vintage Day at Muskeagh House, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow, Y14 E882; for details, call Terence on 087 2794761. 9th October: Annual Moynalty Steam Threshing Autojumble & Outdoor Event at Moynalty Museum, Moynalty, Co. Meath, A82 C6K7; for details, call Willie on 087 2962772 or Sean on … Read more