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The August 2018 issue of Irish Vintage Scene (Issue 147) is now on sale, and on the cover this month isn’t what you might think at first glance – thanks to a longer production run the MG Midget sold in much larger numbers than its badge-engineered twin, the Austin Healey Sprite Mk2, which didn’t stick in the memory quite as much as its famously frog-eyed Mk1 predecessor. This cherished ’69 Mk4 has been in its present ownership for well over 30 years, and has been restored twice in that time. Our second feature car is about as far-removed as you can get from the simple little Sprite, despite coming from the same era – the Citroen SM was an exotic tour de force when it was launched in 1970, with its quad-cam Maserati engine, aerodynamic styling and hydraulic everything. Ownership costs mean that owner-restorers are scarce, but this one was rebuilt at home decades ago and is still running strong. And, as an extra bonus this month, we visit renowned vintage car collector Jim Boland to merely scratch the surface of the fascinating machinery he has in the garage.

Our first feature tractor this month looks at a real rarity in the realm of classic David Browns – the big six-cylinder 50D was an unsuccessful bid by David Brown to produce a powerful drawbar tractor for export markets, and all surviving examples are cherished today, and particularly our feature tractor. Our second tractor feature showcases a trio of beautiful John Deeres restored by their mechanic owner, comprising of a 4010, 1120 and 3130 and representing a range of sizes and horsepowers.

Our motorcycle feature this month is a true oddity, not quite a car and not quite a motorcycle – the aptly-named Ner-A-Car was a 1920s attempt to woo commuters onto two wheels by combining car-like levels of convenience and handling with the economy and fun of a motorcycle. A relatively short-lived affair, the Ner-A-Car always attracts attention whenever it appears in public, and particularly our featured example, which is in the same family since 1970. Our commercial vehicle feature looks at a beautifully-restored 1930s Bedford WLG tanker that’s gone from refuelling Irish Air Corps aircraft to a promotional vehicle for a major Irish fuel brand. Event reports in this issue include the Shane’s Castle Steam Rally, RIAC Pioneer Run, Limerick Classic Car Show and the Principal Insurance VJMC Classic Motorcycle Show, and all of the usual favourites are in there too, so don’t miss out – get your August 2018 issue of Irish Vintage Scene today at any good newsagent, or order here online!


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News & Events


Calling all Vintage & Classics to first ever Connacht Truck Show 2018

Vintage and Classic truck owners are invited to display their cherished vehicles at the first ever Connacht Truck Show 2018 to be held at the 100th Claremorris Agricultural Show at the Old Racecourse venue on the Castlebar Road, also on Sunday 5 August, in association with Capitalflow and Western Truck & Trailer Parts (Claremorris).   To date the event has attracted huge interest from the … Read more…


Limerick Classic Car Show 2018

The Limerick Classic Car Club’s annual show at Limerick Racecourse has grown into one of the major classic car events in the south of the country. Andrew Pollock was there on the 27th of May this year for the 2018 edition.  


What’s in the current issue of Retro Classics July-Sept 2018

The July to September 2018 issue of Retro Classics is now on sale, and as usual we’ve a fantastic selection of fast classics for you to peruse. On the cover is an exclusive feature on one of the most exciting classic race cars in the country, which has only just been completed. We were there to hear its mighty V8 engine echo around Mondello for … Read more…


Historic Motorsport International 2018

Held at the ExCeL centre in London from the 15th to 18th of February 2018 alongside the London Classic Car Show, Historic Motorsport International pulled out all the stops for its second appearance, as these photos from Con Brady demonstrate.  

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2018 Formula Vee Festival

2018 Formula Vee Festival in aid of LauraLynn Children’s Hospice at Mondello Park   The Irish Formula Vee Festival in aid of LauraLynn Children’s Hospice makes its annual return to Mondello Park on 07/08 July. Now in its sixth year of running, the event has grown to be the largest circuit racing event on the Mondello Park calendar with over 5000 people attending. To date, … Read more…


The 3rd Annual Kiltulla & District Vintage Show

The 3rd Annual Kiltulla & District Vintage Show took place over the 2018 May Bank Holiday, and Norbert Sheerin was there for Irish Vintage Scene to bring us these photos.

Pictured is Head of Volkswagen Aftersales Ian Treacy presenting the award for Volkswagen Aftersales Retailer of the Year to Garett Young Service Manager and Trevor Dalton, Aftersales Director, Frank Keane Volkswagen.

Frank Keane Volkswagen Awarded Volkswagen Aftersales Retailer of the Year

Dublin, 16th May 2018 – Frank Keane Volkswagen Deansgrange have been awarded Volkswagen Aftersales Retailer of the Year at the brand’s recent awards ceremony in Kildare. Frank Keane Volkswagen has been a previous winner of the Sales Retailer of the Year Award in 2014 and this was followed by the Volkswagen Bank Retailer of the Year in 2015 and the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Retailer of … Read more…


Carrickmacross Vintage Club Easter Run

Photos by Seán Finegan  


Retro Stock Video

With the two dates now released for Retro Stock 2018, we take a look back at some of the action from one of the recent Retro Stock track days. For more information, see www.retrostock.ie.   

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COLLECTORS’ ITEMS TO GO UNDER THE HAMMER AT MAJOR VINTAGE SALE   ·         3,000 lots in total ·         Over 170 classic vintage tractors ·         41 vintage motorcycles ·         10 classic cars ·         2 full size steam engines Cheffins’ Cambridge Vintage Sale at Sutton, near Ely on the 21st April 2018 will showcase a number of the world’s most unusual classic cars, motorcycles, tractors and steam … Read more…