Issue 108 (May 2015)
The May 2015 edition of Irish Vintage Scene (Issue 108) is on sale now, and as you’ve come to expect it’s filled with a wide variety of feature vehicles from the length and breadth of the country. On the cover this month is a stunning example of one of the high-performance icons of the seventies and eighties – this 1980 Ford Escort RS2000 was snapped up in the UK a few years back by its current owner after a lengthy search, and even though it was one of the best examples he’d been able to find it still needed a bare-shell rebuild to bring it up to the standard he had set for it. Our second feature car is considered a real rarity even in its native Czech Republic, and so is practically unheard of here – the sixties Skoda 1000MB was the first of the company’s famous line of rear-engined models, and this ’67 has become a beloved part of its Irish family. We also bring you the penultimate progress update on the engine rebuild of a reader’s 1928 Essex, which was hard up against its completion deadline as we went to print, and we visit a “time-warp” traditional garage in Co. Wicklow that’s due to be cleared shortly following the passing of its long-time owner last year.
Our main tractor feature this month looks at two beautifully-restored E27N Fordson Majors as we tell the story of one man’s affection for the model, a passion that he’s now passed onto his young grandson. Our second feature brings you the unique story of a Massey Ferguson 135 that’s been on the same Co. Carlow farm since 1965, and which emerged from a ten-year restoration just a few weeks before this magazine hit the shelves. Our feature motorcycle this month is also a unique machine – the 1928 Le Sepey Special, which has been created by its imaginative owner using parts from various vintage motorbikes – while rounding off our highly varied stories in this issue is a well-restored Ford D-Series truck that last appeared in this magazine as a “barn-find” project eight years ago.
Events-wise we’ve a number of reports this month, ranging from the Leitrim Vintage & Heritage Club autojumble to the NEC Classic Motorshow in Birmingham, England, and all of our usual attractions are in there too, so you won’t want to miss the May 2015 issue of Irish Vintage Scene; get yours today!