Irish Vintage Scene Issue 181 available now

Gracing the cover of the July 2021 issue of Irish Vintage Scene is a shining example of one of the most luxurious and desirable saloons of its era – this V8-powered Rover P5B was a dream classic for its owner, after he was driven to work in a new one back in his apprentice days. Our second car feature this month sees us drop in on Ireland’s newest Morgan dealership to see what’s changed in these timeless roadsters over the years, with the newest Plus 4 hosting plenty of new advances under its familiar skin.

Our tractor feature this month showcases a fine collection of Nuffields in Co. Laois, including one 4/60 that’s been in the same ownership since the sixties and remains in unrestored condition. Our motorcycle slot goes to a unique 1962 Ariel Leader that’s been the subject of an unusual engine transplant in its past, while our commercial feature tells the story of one family’s quest to restore a classic ERF LV truck, after their long association with this famous marque.

All of the usual favourites are in there too, so don’t miss out – get your July 2021 issue of Irish Vintage Scene at any good newsagent, or order it here with FREE POSTAGE!



Seven Years Ago This Weekend in Galway

‘Ireland Heads West for Emma’ Classic & Vintage Show Galway Racecourse, 28th & 29th June 2014 I’m not often stuck for something to say, or write, but how do you start to sum up an event like this? For those who mightn’t know, the ‘Ireland Heads West for Emma’ Classic & Vintage Show was held in Galway Racecourse in Ballybrit, Co. Galway on the 28th … Read more

Changes to NCT Service

• Introduction of On-Board Diagnostics (OBD), Testing • New NCT Manual • Escalation of Defects to Fail Dangerous where a combination of deficiencies is recorded From 21 June 2021, several changes to the National Car Test will come into effect. These changes will see Ireland be amongst the first EU Member States to commence the use of On-Board Diagnostics (OBD), testing under EU Roadworthiness Directive 2014/45. OBD testing … Read more

Gordon Bennett Rally to go Ahead

Open to all cars registered up to the end of December 1930, the Irish Veteran & Vintage Car Club’s annual Gordon Bennett Rally is probably the most famous old car event in the country, having been first run in 1975. Like most others, the event didn’t take place in 2020 due to Covid-19; however, with restrictions set to ease over the coming weeks and months, … Read more

E10 Problems for Vintage & Classic Cars

The implications of increased ethanol levels in pump petrol for classic and vintage vehicles have been a source of much discussion in the last few years, as the standard fuel system of older models isn’t set up to cope with its effects for the most part. Specialist suppliers of lubricants, coolants and more, Wexford-based Liquid Technology Ltd are well up to speed on these issues, … Read more

The importance of fire extinguishers

I remember the absolute joy of getting my classic car, a 1967 Skoda 1000MB – one of a kind here in Ireland, and while in need of some TLC it still turned heads as it drove by. I had done all the usual homework before buying my Skoda, checking out out the parts availability, ease of use, maintenance and general upkeep, and it all looked … Read more

Opel Builds Electric Opel Manta

To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Manta A, Opel has built a one-off electric example that combines modern tech with classic styling. The Manta GSe ElektroMOD reflects the growing trend of transforming classic cars into ‘Resto-mods’ with modern components and powertrains. The all-electric Manta GSe is the first electric resto-mod by Opel, who have replaced the original four-cylinder engine with an electric motor producing … Read more

Croft Hillclimb 2021

With the UK and Northern Ireland raising restrictions on the 24th of May to allow up to 500 people to be present at an outdoor sports event, dates are starting to be confirmed for motoring events north of the border that are sure to be of interest to petrol-heads from all over the island.  The first of these we’ve heard about is the Croft Hillclimb, … Read more

UN Global Road Safety Week – Monday 17 May to Sunday 23 May Drivers urged to slow down and #Love30

The 6th Annual UN Global Road Safety Week begins Monday 17 May and runs until Sunday 23 May. Supporting UN Global Road Safety Week the Road Safety Authority (RSA), An Garda Síochána, and the Department of Transport are calling on drivers to slow down especially in our cities, towns, and villages to protect vulnerable road users. The theme for UN Global Road Safety Week 2021 … Read more

Event Updates

With uncertainty currently surrounding the rate at which Covid-19 restrictions will be eased over the coming months, event organisers are having to think on their feet in order to predict the show season as best they can. While there are green shoots of hope, these are coming too late for many events that were scheduled for the next month or two, with two organising clubs … Read more

Ex-Feature Cars on RTE’s Nationwide

Regular readers of Irish Vintage Scene were in for a treat on the 5th of May, when RTE’s Nationwide programme dropped in on Ballyhoura’s Pat Conroy. Not only has Pat restored a Co. Limerick castle in his time, but also two very rare Irish-built 1959 Plymouth cars – one a limousine, the other a hearse that was so far gone that Pat chopped off its … Read more