The October to December 2019 issue of Retro Classics is now on sale, with another varied selection of some of the most exciting modified classics on the Irish scene. On the cover is the lowest Hillman Imp we’ve ever seen, while we also showcase a prize-winning 4AGE twin-cam-powered Toyota Corolla KE20, a freshly-restored Nissan Skyline R32 GTS-T, a wild, ST170-powered wide-arch Mk1 Escort and a supercharged 24-valve VW Jetta that’s one heck of a sleeper! Also featured are machines as diverse as a subtly-upgraded Ford Capri 3.0S and a crazy V12-powered 1959 Plymouth, and we mark the fiftieth birthday of the Datsun and Nissan Z-Cars with a blowout feature on seven Irish beauties.
Events-wise we’ve got reports from all over the island, from the Portrush Ford Fair in Co. Antrim to Ted’s Opel Vauxhall Run in West Cork, also including a visit to the Mondello Park Historic Festival, the Cannonball Retro Road Trip, Causeway Coast Mini Weekend, the MLVW Show, Retromania 2019, the Ulster Rally, the VAGE Show & Shine and the 28th Irish Classic & Vintage Motor Show in Terenure, so there’s a whole lot to see in the new issue of Retro Classics. Don’t miss out – get your copy of the October to December 2019 issue of Retro Classics at any good newsagent, or click here to order your copy online, or subscribe for the year for just €25!
One of the best-known Mk2 Jettas on the Irish VW scene, TJ Carroll’s supercharged 24-valve beauty has the looks and the performance bases well covered. Even so, he continues to evolve what has been a long-term project.
In the three years since PJ Costello bought his ’78 Corolla KE20 it’s seen a fi re, two resprays and more head-scratching and modifi cations than you’d believe, but it’s resulted in a subtle little cracker of a classic that he wouldn’t change for the world.
When the 2.8 Injection replaced the 3.0S as the top Capri in the Mk2 range in 1982, the older Essex-powered car instantly seemed dated, with its chequered seats and bright colour schemes clashing with the cool sophistication of the fuel-injected car. Today, however, the 3.0S is much rarer, and its seventies character is firmly back in style. This one’s benefited from a few subtle tweaks, but retains its core values.
If it ain’t broke… Danny McGeeney’s Nissan Skyline R32 might have the looks of a highly-modifi ed powerhouse, but in fact it’s pretty standard, evidence of just how good the R32 is as it left the factory. What changes he has made only serve to improve upon the original.
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- Causeway Coast Mini Weekend
- Portrush Ford Fair
- Ted’s Opel Vauxhall Run
- MLVW Show
- Mondello Park Historic Festival
- Cannonball Retro Road Trip
- The 28th Irish Classic & Vintage Motor Show
- Ulster Rally
- VAGE Show
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