Retro Classics Issue 14, (July-September 2014)

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Tangerine Toy

With its polished split-rim wheels, shiny chrome and eye-popping RAL orange paintwork, you’d better be wearing your sunglasses when Brendan McCormack’s Celica RA28 rolls by on a fine day.

King of the Lakes 

From the 1000 Lakes Rally in Finland to the Rally of the Lakes in Killarney, the legendary Audi Sport Quattro stamped its authority on eighties rallying. Adrian Nesbitt from Cavan has created his own homage to the short-wheelbase monster.

Green Light

While the Opel Kadett C has long been overshadowed on the modified scene by its arch rival when new, the Mk2 Escort, there’s a hardcore fanbase out there that’s intent on redressing the balance. Enter Phil Marks’ XE-powered two-door.

The Granada Affair

Davey O’Connor from Lisryan in Co. Roscommon is no stranger to the classic Ford Granada range, but when he learned of this particular car’s history nothing was going to stop him saving it from the crusher.

Smoke on the Water

Smoke; music; pyrotechnics; action! Love it or hate it, you have to admit that John McCarthy’s unique and completely mad 1949 Oldsmobile custom is one heck of a show-stopper.

Blow By

Golf Mk2 G60 + Oettinger Tuning = One very special VW; this issue, Sean Hassett gets to spend a long night in a cold, damp field in Sligo with David Hunt’s immaculate Mk2 Oettinger.

On the Mark

Paddy Gorman and his dad really had their work cut out when they dragged this Mk1 Escort out of the ditch, but after plenty of toil they’ve been left with a fast classic to be proud of.

News & Products

What’s new in the retro classic scene in Ireland and beyond.


Show Reports

  • IEC Anne Casey Joy Run

  • GAScc Rock ‘n Rumble

  • Causeway Coast Ford Fair

  • Croft Hillclimb

  • Dubshed

  • Kadettfest

  • MAAC American Show @ Kilbeggan

  • Limerick VW Show

  • Loughgall Festival of Motorsport

  • NEVCC Mosney Car Show

  • Barrow-2-Blackstairs Challenge

  • Irish Escort Owners Club Inishowen Run

  • Tipperary Vintage & Custom Rally Killarney Rally of the Lakes


In The Works

What’s being built in the small garages and workshops of the island of Ireland.


Retro Club Scene

Our monthly look at clubs catering for retro classic cars.


Retro Buyer’s Guide 

How to buy yourself a Mk2 or Mk3 Capri.