Fronting the August 2021 issue of Irish Vintage Scene is a rare Irish example of possibly the most characterful sports-car of all time. The Austin Healey Sprite might have been tiny, crude and not very powerful, but it provided a sporty driving experience in a package that wouldn’t break the bank. This one was first registered by the American Embassy in Dublin in 1960, and has been beautifully restored during last year’s lockdowns after decades off the road. Our second car feature this month takes us back to a very different era of motoring, when we learn about the restoration of a 1929 Rolls-Royce 20hp that was last tested in the mid-sixties and had fallen into serious disrepair when it was taken on as an ambitious first project three years ago.
Our tractor feature this month tells the story of the Funk six-cylinder side-valve engine conversions available for the Ford 8N model in the US back in the late 1940s, and we photograph a rare Irish-owned example on our pages. Our motorcycle story drops in on a long-time Norton enthusiast to check out his latest restorations, while our commercial feature brings you two quirky classic Dacias – a Shifter pickup and a Duster 4×4 – owned by a lifelong fan of this Romanian brand.
All of the usual favourites are in there too, so don’t miss out – get your August 2021 issue of Irish Vintage Scene at any good newsagent, or order it here with FREE POSTAGE!
The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is today Friday 23 July, advising drivers and motorcycle riders to take extra care using the roads as the recent dry weather spell breaks and rain is expected across parts the country over the coming days. During a prolonged dry spell a build-up of oil and rubber deposit develops on the road. When the weather breaks, this deposit mixes with … Read more
The last weekend in July is usually a great weekend for enthusiasts in the west of Ireland, with two of the country’s leading events taking place in Galway. The first is the Western Veteran & Vintage Motor Club’s West Run, and the second is the Mountbellew Vintage Club’s annual vintage show. The weekend traditionally kicks off on the Friday evening, when cars that are entered … Read more
Nestled in the countryside just north of Cork City, The Farm is a unique visitor experience that’s been welcoming families and agriculture enthusiasts alike through its gates for almost a decade now. Spread across its forty acres are a whole host of attractions, ranging from a petting zoo and playground to vintage tractor and machinery displays, plus a recreation of a 1960s village to show … Read more
Flash cars are as much a part of the rock & roll lifestyle as sex and drugs, stereotypically speaking at least, and this 1980 Mercedes 450 SEL both has the provenance and looks the part. The long-wheelbase W116 S-Class was the top of the Mercedes saloon range in the 1970s (aside from the rarely seen and outrageously expensive 600), with the 4.5-litre V8 450 the … Read more
Following in the vein of resto-mods like the Singer Porsche 911 and the Alfaholics Alfa-Romeo GTA-R, Jaguar’s iconic E-Type has now been put under the knife at specialists E-Type UK to create their vision of this big cat for the 21st century, under the new brand ‘Unleashed’. While the Series III E-Type is often bemoaned by purists for its extra size and weight, being more … Read more
Just in the last week or so, news has filtered through of the cancellation of another much-anticipated classic car event. The Kilkenny Motor Club are well-known for their very popular and well-organised annual car show in St. James’ Park in Kilkenny, which attracts massive turnouts of vintage and classic cars of all kinds. This year’s event was scheduled for the 29th of August, but due … Read more
‘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
• 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
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
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