Issue 98 July 2014
The June 2014 edition of Irish Vintage Scene (Issue 97) is on sale now, and as usual is packed with a wide variety of interesting features. On the cover this month is a classic that was once such a popular model in Irish roads that it should be a common sight at vintage shows now, but instead is incredibly rare: an original Irish, unrestored Toyota Carina TA14. This low-mileage 1976 car has survived in amazing, unmolested condition, and has been safe in the stewardship of its current Toyota-mad owner since 1997. Our second feature car is from a completely different era, a gorgeous 1953 Riley RME that’s been travelling the roads of West Cork since 1996, while Neil Briscoe also takes us on a nervously excited test-drive in a Mercedes 300SL ‘Gullwing’, one of the most exciting classic cars of all.
Our main tractor feature this month takes a look at a fantastic collection of classic 5-Series Zetor tractors, which are photographed beautifully by our contributor Pat Mullan on Lissadell Beach in Co. Sligo; these have all been restored to a tee at home by a Zetor-mad family, who are currently taking on other projects in order to add to the collection. We also feature an absolutely stunning 1968 John Deere 1020, which has been restored very correctly indeed by an ex-John Deere technician and features all of its proper period equipment. You’d have to try very hard to pick fault with this one!
Motorcycle enthusiasts everywhere will no doubt read our feature on a 1977 Honda 50 with great nostalgia, as this was the starting point for many Irish riders; this particular bike has never strayed outside its home town of Templemore in Co. Tipperary, and still even retains is original dealer-supplied helmet. And, our commercial vehicle feature this month packs not one, but two rare Ford vans – a 307E Anglia and a Mk1 Escort 8cwt – which are both impeccably presented by their fastidious owner.
With full event reports from the Durrow Vintage Show, the Classic Car Sale, Show & Autojumble in Swords and the Ireland/Wales National Vintage Tractor Run, plus all of our usual attractions like Laid to Rust, Your Letters, News & Events and lots, lots more, you won’t want to miss the June 2014 issue of Irish Vintage Scene; get yours today!