Irish Vintage Scene Issue 216


Heading up the June 2024 edition of Irish Vintage Scene is an eye-catching Vauxhall Viva HC in bright red, which holds a special place in its owner’s heart as it was his first car back in the nineties, when it was already a classic. Even though it had been sold off decades ago, man and machine were reunited again in the last few years, and it’s been treated to a full restoration back to its former glory. Our second feature car is also a restoration tale, but a bit of an epic by all accounts, as this extremely rare 1928 Armstrong Siddeley 12hp coupe has sat around waiting for attention since the early seventies. An original Irish car from new, and sold at a dearer in Co. Limerick, it’s been worth the long wait, as over the last decade it’s been rebuilt to an incredible standard from derelict condition.

This month’s featured tractor is an unusual machine that you won’t come across often. This BMB President garden tractor was picked up as a long-abandoned project missing its engine and many other hard-to-find parts, leading its owner to come up with inventive solutions to bring it back to life. Our featured motorcycle is a beautiful BSA Bantam post office bike from the 1950s, and our commercial feature tells the unique story of an unrestored 1986 Toyota LiteAce that was rescued from a shed in Dublin, where it had sat with low mileage for twenty years after its first owner passed away shortly after its purchase. Lots of the usual favourites are in there too, so don’t miss out!



The April to June 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 home-built Ford Capri that boasts lots of performance and unique touches – despite its appearance it’s actually a 1975 Mk2 that’s received a Mk3 face-lift as well as a Focus ST170 engine and a turbo conversion for good measure, pumping out 320bhp for some serious fun behind the wheel.

Further into the mag, we feature another incredible blue seventies coupe, this time an Opel Manta A that’s got a twin-turbo Jaguar V12 wedged under the bonnet – yes, you read that right! We also bring you a stunning example of the ultra-collectable Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI Tommi Makinen Edition, a rare Hillman Avenger Tiger Series 2 that was restored from a crumbling wreck, and a unique Ford Prefect/Reliant Scimitar rat-rod that’s like nothing else on the roads of our little island.

Event reports in this issue come from Autosport International 2024, Retro Stock, the VAGE Mk2 Meet, Gerard Murphy Memorial Run, Galway International Rally, Ronnie Trouton Autotest, the Killarney Valley Classic & Vintage Car Show, ALMC Winter Endurance Trial ’24 and the Edgewood Automotive Cars & Caffeine Meet. 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!




With the rain clouds finally drying out and the sun making itself felt, hopes are high for decent weather over the May Bank Holiday weekend. And what an amazing choice of events there is, with every part of the country catered for. Here, we take a closer look at just some of them. By Andrew Pollock, Editor One of the biggest and best-known events taking … Read more

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