Irish Vintage Scene Issue 213


Taking the cover of the March 2024 edition of Irish Vintage Scene is a saloon that was one of the most advanced on the market when launched in 1968, and became a benchmark for luxury and performance over its long production run. This Daimler Sovereign is a rarer and plusher prospect than the Jaguar XJ on which it was based, and as a highly original survivor of a now-forgotten marque, it’s something to savour today. Our second car feature sees us drop in to visit an ardent fan of pre-war cars, whose collection ranges from the humble Ford Model T to the Rolls-Royce 20hp, many of which have appeared on TV and movie screens over their lifetimes.

This month’s tractor feature delves into the history of the Perkins diesel powerplant and its many tractor applications over the years, but most notably in Fordson and Ferguson models here in Ireland. Our commercial feature tells the story of a simply spectacular classic Seagrave fire truck from the US that’s massive in every sense, and our featured motorcycle is an extremely rare 1913 Kynoch, a long-defunct Scottish marque with a unique backstory.

Lots of the usual favourites are in there too, including the results of our Christmas giveaway and Head-Skimmer crossword, so don’t miss out!



The January to March 2024 issue of Retro Classics is now on sale at good newsagents nationwide, or direct from us by ordering online quickly and conveniently, and as usual we’ve another exciting line-up of very special cars for you. Heading up this issue is a 1964 VW Karmann Ghia that was rescued from fourteen years in storage, but not with the intention of a concours restoration – instead, it’s managed to retain as much as possible of its original paint, combined with a road-scraping lowering job and rejuvenated 1600 engine to create a really distinctive and fun classic for the summer shows. 

Further into the mag, we feature an incredible Mk1 Escort rally car that’s towed around by a period-perfect Ford Granada support car, a Mitsubishi FTO V6 that’s been converted to a nineties-style track-day toy, a Nissan Sunny ZX Coupe that’s believed to be one of only two on the road in this country, and last but not least we drop into rallycross legend Denis Biggerstaff to check out some of his amazing collection of competition cars, as well as the new home he’s just built for them.

Event reports in this issue come from the Armagh City Car & Bike Show, ALMC Motor Club Show, the Causeway Coast Mini Weekend, Jumpstart Cars & Coffee, the Classic & Old Skool Summer Show, the Carole Nash Historic Festival, the Nenagh Classic Car Club Show and reviews of the 2023 Future Classics race series and historic and modified classes of the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship. All of this comes along with our regular detailing guide and a look back at the often-quirky car ads of decades past, so don’t miss out – get your copy at any good newsagent, order a digital edition or click here to order a copy online!



H J Pugh & Co Launch in Ireland

Founded in 1990 by Howard Pugh, Herefordshire, England-based H.J. Pugh & Co have been successfully providing auctioneering, valuation and estate agency services throughout the UK for almost 35 years. As well as regular sales of antique furniture, agricultural machinery and vintage tractors, they also provide a comprehensive service for those interested in the sale or valuation of all types of collectables.  Now, the company is … Read more

Miniature World Galway 2024

Last year’s Miniature World Show was a resounding success, so much so that we here at Irish Vintage Scene have decided to move it to a new venue. As the organisers, we hated having to turn away exhibitors last year due to lack of space, and hearing that visitors to the show had parking problems, so a move to Galway Racecourse is just what the … Read more

Autojumble Season

This time of the year could be called autojumble season, as there aren’t too many shows on but are always a few autojumbles to enjoy. One that’s always worth the trip (and holds the title of being the very first event I personally reported on for Irish Vintage Scene, running the report in our first ever issue) is the Shrule Autojumble & Auction. This year … Read more

Retro Classics Issue 52

With all the hustle and bustle of Christmas, you might not have noticed that the January to March issue of Retro Classics hit the shelf just on time for Christmas. It’s still on the shop shelves, and better still, it’s available direct from ourselves, with free postage if you want the print version. However, if you’d prefer to receive it straight into your inbox, then … Read more

NEC Restoration Show Just Around the Corner

The Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show at the NEC in Birmingham has become my favourite event of the year, and it’s time to start getting excited again – it’s just around the corner on the 22nd to 24th of March, so it is time to get the flights booked up and the tickets in the bag.   This show is proof that bigger is … Read more

December Issue On Sale Now

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

Fords Still Setting Records at Auction

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

Classic Fest Presentation & 2024 Date Announced

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

Events This Weekend (October 7th and 8th)

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