Irish Vintage Scene Issue 205


Leading the July 2023 issue of Irish Vintage Scene are two of the very finest sixties Beetles in the country, both pampered by the same lucky owner. It’s a case of having the best of both worlds, as one has been fastidiously restored to new condition while the other is a phenomenally original, never-welded example that still smells like new inside! These two beauties will be gracing the Irish Vintage Scene stand at the upcoming Classic Fest at Galway Racecourse on July 2nd, as will our second featured car, a 1961 Jaguar Mk2 3.4 that’s been a passion project for its owner over the last ten years as he tweaks and improves it for maximum reliability and usability.

This month’s featured tractor is a now rarely-seen Marshall 802, a relic of British Leyland’s foray into the tractor market, while our featured motorbike is a very unusual 1931 Raleigh that’s been with its owner since the late 1970s, but has only recently come in for its time on the restoration bench. Our heavy vehicle feature this month is special as it showcases two very well-restored WW2 vehicles residing in Galway – this International half track and 1944 Willys MB jeep became icons of the Allied forces during that conflict, and we will also be delighted to have these two fascinating machines on display at Classic Fest on July 2nd. Lots of the usual favourites are in there too, so don’t miss out




The April to June 2023 issue of Retro Classics is now on sale at good newsagents nationwide, or direct from us by ordering online quickly and conveniently. Once again we’ve a diverse selection of feature cars in this edition, headed by our cover car, an E36 BMW M3 that’s gone from one of the most potent nineties coupes on Irish roads to a full-on sprint and hillclimb competitor. Since 2015 it’s tackled stages and courses from Donegal to France, and has proven extremely reliable despite its relatively high mileage and occasional excursion into the scenery!

Further into the mag, we also feature an immaculate and extremely original Mk2 Escort RS2000, a seriously eye-catching Vauxhall Firenza 2300 droop-snoot that was bought new by its Donegal owner in 1974, a rare little Audi 50 on air-ride and BBS wheels and a lightly-modified Toyota Carina that was unearthed after seventeen years off the road, in excellent condition and with very small mileage on the clock. With a detailing guide that debunks some of the most notorious internet hacks, a look back at the often-quirky car ads of decades past and reports from Autosport International, Mondello Mix-Up, Cars & Coffee North East, Race Retro, Edgewood Automotive Cars & Caffeine, the Brekkie Roll VW Meet and a roundup of the last Precision Graphics Future Classics Championship,  there’s plenty to get your teeth into in this issue of Retro Classics, so don’t miss out!


Dates announced for Auto Trade EXPO 2024 in Dublin

Last October (2022), for first time since 2018 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Auto Trade EXPO took place at the great new venue in Simmonscourt at the RDS in Dublin. Held alongside the new and equally successful CV Workshop EXPO, the RDS was packed with trade visitors over the two days. All the exhibitors were pleasantly surprised at how busy it was last October, … Read more

Events for this coming weekend, 2 – 5th June

Well what can we say about this weekend its just jam packed with super events and the weather that’s promised is just superb, myself I won’t be going anywhere as my son Jack is competing in Round 3 of the Motorsport Ireland Karting Championship so that’s taking precedent this year. I would of course have been heading for the big one the Innishannon Steam Rally … Read more

Events for this coming weekend, 26-28st May

Well another weekend is upon us, the sun is  shining, and if Met Eireann are to be trusted then it’s set to stay around for the weekend. If so, it’s a perfect opportunity to get out to some great events. Here’s a look at what’s on offer for the weekend. For Irish Vintage Society members and lots of other vintage enthusiasts, all roads will lead … Read more

Events for this coming weekend, 19-21st May

Well after last weekend’s mammoth list of mainly runs, this weekend is a little bit more manageable on the events front. We have eight listed – there may well be more, but these are the ones we were notified of. If you are holding an event, please do email us at [email protected] to get it listed in the magazine completely free, and be listed here … Read more

A fun packed May Bank Holiday Weekend in store

Well, what a weekend this May Bank Holiday promises to be. It’s going to be so busy, all over the island. Below are a few events we are attending ourselves or have been to in the past, as well as a full list of everything that’s happening over the weekend. By Tom Heavey, Managing Editor The Galway Classic Motorcycle Rally is based in the Clifden … Read more

Galway Classic Motorcycle Rally 2023

The 43rd Galway Classic Motorcycle Rally will take place from the 28th to 30th of April on the unique roads of Connemara, with route sheets provided along with an optional timed element. This year’s Rally will be again located at the Clifden Station House Hotel, and is open to all classic two- and three-wheeled, pre-1993, motorised vehicles. This year the organisers are celebrating the BSA … Read more

MAAC All-American Show 2023

Having missed two years due to Covid, this year the Midland American Auto Club is looking forward to holding its 21st birthday show on Sunday the 23rd of April from 11am at its showgrounds opposite Kilbeggan Racecourse in Co. Westmeath, and is inviting all American car, truck, van and bike clubs and owners across the island of Ireland to attend. Always held on the last … Read more

Events This Weekend

The events are really ramping up this weekend there are quite a few events on so there is something for everyone with a large geographical spread. 21st to 23rd April Imp Club in Ireland weekend away, based at the Commercial & Tourist Hotel, Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim; for details, call John Sheppard on 087 9883450. 22nd & 23rd April: Crosshaven Veteran, Vintage & Classic Motor Club’s … Read more

Events This Weekend

Well, what an offering there is for enthusiasts all over the country this weekend. Below is a brief look at the event listing for this weekend in Irish Vintage Scene Magazine – there may well be others that haven’t been listed in our magazine, if so feel free to post them in the comments section.  To be included in our weekly online update, please ensure … Read more

Massive Retirement Auction Just Days Away

A magnificent collection of automobilia, enamel signs, antique furniture and lots more from McNean’s Antique & Salvage Shop in Blacklion, Co. Cavan will go under the hammer next Monday the 27th and Tuesday the 28th of March at 2pm on both days. McNean’s is one of Ireland’s largest antiques emporiums, but after many years in business its owner, Hugh has decided to retire. The collection … Read more