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!

Irish Vintage Scene Issue 208


The cover feature of the October 2023 issue of Irish Vintage Scene tells the story of a true survivor, a stately Rover P5B that’s been in the same Dublin family since 1973, at which point it was only six months old. In that time it has been stolen twice and had the odd prang, but was always cared for by its owner and remains a very handsome and usable machine today. Our second featured car is another once-common family motor that’s now highly collectable, a Morris Minor 1000 that recently returned to its long-time former owner after 22 years apart.

This month’s featured tractor is a Ford 2600 tractor that’s been restored to absolutely stunning condition by a very enthusiastic young owner, after it was gifted to him by a relative after its long working life. Our commercial vehicle feature looks at a recently restored example of one of the most famous pickup trucks of all time, the Toyota Hilux, while rounding off our features for this month is the story of a unique Dunstall-style Norton 650 motorcycle that is half race bike, half work of art. Lots of the usual favourites are in there too, so don’t miss out – get your October 2023 issue of Irish Vintage Scene at any good newsagent, or order it here with FREE POSTAGE!


Events This Weekend (23rd & 24th September)

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

Events This Weekend (9th & 10th September)

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

Events This Weekend (26th & 27th August)

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

Events this weekend August 4th-7th

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

Events this weekend June 23rd-25th

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

Dates announced for Auto Trade EXPO 2024 in Dublin

Last October (2022), for first time since 2018 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Auto Trade EXPO took place at the great new venue in Simmonscourt at the RDS in Dublin. Held alongside the new and equally successful CV Workshop EXPO, the RDS was packed with trade visitors over the two days. All the exhibitors were pleasantly surprised at how busy it was last October, … Read more

Events for this coming weekend, 2 – 5th June

Well what can we say about this weekend its just jam packed with super events and the weather that’s promised is just superb, myself I won’t be going anywhere as my son Jack is competing in Round 3 of the Motorsport Ireland Karting Championship so that’s taking precedent this year. I would of course have been heading for the big one the Innishannon Steam Rally … Read more

Events for this coming weekend, 26-28st May

Well another weekend is upon us, the sun is  shining, and if Met Eireann are to be trusted then it’s set to stay around for the weekend. If so, it’s a perfect opportunity to get out to some great events. Here’s a look at what’s on offer for the weekend. For Irish Vintage Society members and lots of other vintage enthusiasts, all roads will lead … Read more

Events for this coming weekend, 19-21st May

Well after last weekend’s mammoth list of mainly runs, this weekend is a little bit more manageable on the events front. We have eight listed – there may well be more, but these are the ones we were notified of. If you are holding an event, please do email us at to get it listed in the magazine completely free, and be listed here … Read more

A fun packed May Bank Holiday Weekend in store

Well, what a weekend this May Bank Holiday promises to be. It’s going to be so busy, all over the island. Below are a few events we are attending ourselves or have been to in the past, as well as a full list of everything that’s happening over the weekend. By Tom Heavey, Managing Editor The Galway Classic Motorcycle Rally is based in the Clifden … Read more