Irish Vintage Scene Issue 210
The cover of the December 2023 issue of Irish Vintage Scene marks a very special centenary from the year – Fiat’s 100 years in Ireland. To celebrate, we look at a selection of the Italian’s most famous models, showcased at the Classic Fiat Ireland anniversary bash earlier this year, as well as checking out a 100-year-old Fiat 501C that was shipped to Australia when new, but ended up being fully restored in Co. Cork in recent times. Our second featured car is, in our opinion, one of the most handsome British cars ever built – this Rover 3500 SD1 is a now-rare Series 1 from 1978, and its restoration came about thanks to its owner’s memories of the four SD1s owned by her father back in the day.
This month’s tractor feature is a tale of reunion, as this David Brown 880 was bought new by its owner’s father in 1971, but disappeared from the family’s radar up until it was spotted in a hedge in 2019! Our commercial vehicle feature looks at a Citroen AK400 van that was one of a small number of RHD versions built for the Belgian postal service, and rounding off our features for this month is a pair of classic small Yamahas, an RS125 and RXS100, which are real pieces of nostalgia for any biker that started their riding days on a two-stroke.
Lots of the usual favourites are in there too, including event reports from earlier in the year from the Ballyfin Vintage Rally, Malahide Lions Club Classic Car Show, the Chrome Classic Car & Bike Show and the Monaghan V&V Rally, so don’t miss out!
RETRO CLASSICS ISSUE 51 OCTOBER-DECEMBER
The July to September 2023 issue of Retro Classics is now on sale at good newsagents nationwide, or direct from us by ordering online quickly and conveniently. Once again we’ve a diverse selection of feature cars in this edition, not least our cover car, a Mercedes C123 Coupe that’s not only gone through a full-on, bare-shell restoration at the hands of its enthusiastic owner, but also has had a four-litre quad-cam Lexus 1UZ-FE V8 grafted into the engine bay! Not a straightforward conversion, it required a steering rack conversion and some clever wiring, but the result is a very potent but still refined classic Merc that sounds amazing.
Further into the mag, we also feature a period-perfect rallying Hillman Imp that’s decades in the making, a just-restored Ford Sierra Sapphire Cosworth that’s probably the very best we’ve ever seen, a pair of very retro Vauxhall Chevettes from Northern Ireland and a Talbot Sunbeam Ti that has the most unique backstory we’ve ever heard! With a detailing guide to keep your pride and joy shining at the summer shows, a look back at the often-quirky car ads of decades past, and reports from Galway Ford Show, Craigantlet Hillclimb, Ballynahinch Classic Car Display, the MAAC All-American Car Show, London Classic Car Show, Wexford Spring Challenge, Limerick Cars at the Cathedral and the Causeway Coast Ford Fair at Portrush, there’s a whole lot packed between the covers of this issue of Retro Classics, so don’t miss out – get your copy at any good newsagent, order a digital edition or click here to order a copy online!
The cover of the December 2023 issue of Irish Vintage Scene marks a very special centenary from the year – Fiat’s 100 years in Ireland. To celebrate, we look at a selection of the Italian’s most famous models, showcased at the Classic Fiat Ireland anniversary bash earlier this year, as well as checking out a 100-year-old Fiat 501C that was shipped to Australia when new, … Read more
Last weekend saw many Irish flock to the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at the NEC, Birmingham. This show just gets better each year, and we will bring our readers a report on it in the magazine shortly. One of the highlights each year is the auction, which is always packed with amazing vehicles looking for new owners. This year Iconic Auctions (formally Silverstone Auctions) … Read more
With Christmas around the corner, what better present could you win yourself than a beautifully-restored 1952 Ferguson TED20 tractor? Coming complete with an impressive potato planter and fertiliser attachment, this immaculate machine has been very kindly donated to the Seaforde Working Vintage Club based in Co. Down, and will be raffled off in December to raise funds for the Diabetic Centre at the Ulster Hospital. … Read more
As most of our readers will know, our flagship event, Classic Fest was the largest vintage & classic vehicle show in Ireland again this year, and followed on from the huge success of the 2022 event. On the day there were well over 1,000 vintage and classic cars, tractors, commercials, army vehicles, tractors and steam engines on display on the grounds of Galway Racecourse, alongside … Read more
By Tom Heavey, Managing Editor Well the mornings might be getting dark as well as the evenings, and the weather is just not that favourable right now, but there’s still lots to do on the vintage and classic scene, and this weekend proves that. There are at least four events I’d love to be going to this weekend, but alas the family have other plans, … Read more
Don’t put away your vintage and classic machine just yet, as there are still a good number of excellent events in store around the country this coming weekend. The first piece of news we bring you is on a sad note, in regards to Mountbellew Vintage Club’s long-anticipated show on the grounds of Mountbellew Mart in Galway – this normally takes place in July, but … Read more
The summer holidays might be over and the kids might be back to school, but with a renewal of some fine weather and some fantastic events coming up this weekend, there’s still a lot to look forward to and amply opportunities to get out and about in your classic. The first one we should give a shout out to is the Shrule & District Vintage … Read more
It’s hard to believe that the summer holidays are drawing to an end already, but while the school kids mightn’t be too happy, thankfully there are still a good number of events for us vintage and classic fans to look forward to. Undoubtedly topping the bill for the coming weekend is the Kilkenny Motor Club Show at St James’ Park on the outskirts of the … Read more
Another weekend, another tempting selection of events to take in! This year’s August Bank Holiday Weekend runs quite late, from Saturday the 5th to Monday the 7th, but there are several events dotted around the country that are well worth considering if you’re taking your classic out for a spin, or even just heading out with the family! First off is the one and only … Read more
There are lots of runs to choose from this weekend, but the two shows below are definitely worth a visit;if you’re looking for a good show, either of these top the bill. Another thing happening this weekend is the online registration for Classic Fest closes on Sunday night, the 25th. The event itself is only days away now, and the interest shown has blown us … Read more