Issue 49 (June 2010)


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June 2010, Issue 49

–       GRAN TURISMO: A distinctive registration number can be the finishing touch for any car, but this ’69 Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV takes the biscuit with its index mark, 1Z. Bought by its current owner in 1988, it has only recently emerged from the full restoration he felt it always deserves. Andrew Pollock takes us around this stylish Italian this month, in deference to Alfa Romeo’s 100 birthday celebrations.

–       BIG RED: The subject of this feature certainly does what it says on the tin; it’s red, and it’s very, very big. The International Farmall 1466 Turbo is one of the biggest two-wheel-drive tractors you could ever imagine, and looks like it could swallow a Farmall Cub whole. This month, Andrew Pollock meets with the proud owner of one such machine, and contrasts it with another International in his collection, a 1938 W-14.

–       LITTLE BLACK NUMBER: A black Mini Clubman will always cut a dash, but even more so a 1275 GT wearing an old Dublin registration, as with David Wills’ outstanding example. Originally bought by his mother-in-law in 1975, this sporty runaround was restored in 2008 after a long period of storage. Carl Czanik meets up with David to get the full lowdown on this very attractive Mini.

–       THE LITTLE GIANT: The gutsy four-cylinder diesel engine fitted to the International B-250 allowed the relatively small tractor to punch far above its weight, giving rise to its nickname ‘the little giant’. Derry Keating from Clonaslee recently rebuilt his very own little giant, which had been bought by his father twenty years ago as a restoration project. A very fine job has been made of it, as Andrew Pollock finds out.

–       TWO’S COMPANY: One of only two known survivors of its kind, this OEC Blackburne motorcycle was built in 1921 and was one of four identical examples sent to Ireland for evaluation on our bumpy roads, the thinking being that if they would survive here, they’d survive anywhere! Amazingly enough, the owner of this beautifully-restored machine has inherited another as a restoration project, both of which were part of that group of four test bikes. Andrew Pollock brings us the fascinating story.

–       HEAVY HITTER: In this month’s commercial feature, Norbert Sheerin catches up with Kevin Corry, who, with the help of his friend John McMahon, has restored a 1974 Foden tractor unit, a rarely-seen model in the classic commercial scene nowadays, especially in Ireland.

–       EVENT REPORTS: Event reports from the Blarney Vintage Club Car Run, Leinster Motor Club Car Rally, Narraghmore Vintage Tractor Santa Run, South Offaly Ploughing, Belfast Titanic Vintage Day, West Limerick Vintage Club Vintage Day, Moynalty Steam Threshing, Castledermot Threshing & Vintage Working Day, Collon Steam & Vintage Show and Dunmanway Model Farm & Diorama Show.

–       PLUS: All your monthly favourites like Retrospect, Garage Scene, Dealers’ Wheels, Model Scene, Tales from Over the Water, Laid to Rust, Event Round-Up, News & Events, Diary Dates, Your Letters, Pastimes, classifieds and lots, lots more!

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Weight 317 kg