The April 2020 issue of Irish Vintage Scene is now on sale, and taking the cover slot this month is an original Irish, low-mileage Toyota Starlet that has remained in the same family since it was bought new in Co. Clare in 1982, and has never needed restoration. Our second car feature introduces us to the Corrigan family and their collection of interesting classics, which were built to be driven rather than polished. Our main feature tractor this month is a fearsome Fordson Major E1A that’s been converted to Perkins V8 diesel power, while our second tells the story of one West Cork farmer’s loyalty to the Zetor marque from the 1970s to today. Our motorcycle feature this month looks at an ex-Dublin Gas Company 1936 BSA W6 that’s been restored from very poor condition, and our featured commercial vehicle is an evocative Ford Thames Trader recovery truck from 1957. Event reports in this issue include the Newcastle Indoor Classic Car Show, RIAC Pioneer Run, IVVMCC Leopardstown Motorcycle Show and more besides, and all of the usual favourites are in there too, so don’t miss out – get your April 2020 issue of Irish Vintage Scene today at any good newsagent, or order (or subscribe) here online!


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News & Events

UPDATED Event Cancellations

To date, this is the list of events we have been informed have been cancelled or postponed due to the COVID 19 virus. We will update this list regularly when we receive notification of affected events. If you are an event organiser, please email us if you have a cancelled or postponed event that you wish to add to this list; emails can be sent … Read more

What Should Have Been

By Tom Heavey, Managing Editor Well this weekend was to have been a busy one for me and I’m sure many other enthusiasts, so while we have nowhere to go, let’s have a look at what could have been. As I write this I should have been on the red-eye 6.30am flight to the Practical Classics Restoration Show at the NEC in Birmingham; this is … Read more

COVID-19 & Our Hobby

Posted by Tom Heavey, Managing Editor Well I’m sure you have all heard enough about COVID-19 at this stage. We all know the implications of it from hearing of the death toll in Italy, and indeed in China, where it all began. A few months ago many of us thought the virus wouldn’t reach us over here, and while our thoughts were with the Chinese … Read more

What’s in issue 167 (APRIL 2020)

    Star Quality The Power of 8 Built, not Bought Zetor By Far Arms Race Smooth Recovery   SHOW REPORTS….COUNTRYWIDE Newcastle Charity Classic Car Show RIAC Pioneer Run Derg Valley Vintage Show IVVMCC Leopardstown Motorcycle Show Regulars News & Events The latest developments from all over Ireland and abroad. Diary Dates The most comprehensive list of upcoming events in Ireland. Club Scene A dedicated … Read more

Road Safety Alert – Orange and Yellow Weather Warnings Issued for Storm Jorge

The Road Safety Authority (RSA), is asking road users to exercise caution while using the roads over the next few days and the weekend as Met Eireann has issued Orange and Yellow weather warnings for strong winds and heavy rain.   Met Eireann has issued an Orange Wind weather warning for Clare, Galway Kerry and Mayo from 6am Saturday 29 February to 3am Sunday 1 … Read more

Tom looks back…

By Thomas Heavey, Managing Editor Just the other day an order came into the office for a copy of issue 62 of Irish Vintage Scene Magazine from July 2011, all of nine years ago. For this one I had to do a fair old rummage through our stock of back issues but, sure enough, we had it. When I got back indoors I boiled up … Read more

March 2020 Issue of Irish Vintage Scene

            It’s only a matter of days before the March issue of Irish Vintage Scene hits the shelves, having reached our subscribers by post on Friday. The cover story on a really cherished Fiat 600D is one that I particularly enjoyed writing, as the experiences of its owner mirror my own. He bought the little Fiat in his early teens as a project, but only … Read more

First classic show of 2020 takes place this weekend

This weekend sees the Newcastle Charity Classic Car Show take place in the Slieve Donard Hotel in Newcastle, Co. Down. As well as being a very picturesque location, the hotel has played host to this show for over twenty years. I know that organisers Martin Cromwell and Bill Forsythe won’t mind when I say that this is possibly the smallest car show on the island … Read more

The Irish International Grand Prix 1929-1931

Just out is a new book by Bob Montgomery on the history of the Irish International Grand Prix held from 1929 to 1931. As Bob says in his forword, he has written on this subject before but he always felt that these three historic races deserved a more detailed publication of their own, and he has now completed this in a beautiful, large-format, 236-page hardback … Read more

I.V.E.T.A. All-Ireland Rally

In our October issue (161) we ran a report on the I.V.E.T.A. All-Ireland Rally that took place in June, and we had so many great photos to choose from (thanks to Pat Gubbins) we were unable to fit them all in the report, so here are the rest. To read our report on the AII-Ireland Rally, which took place in the Swallow’s Quarters in Donaghmore, … Read more