What’s in issue 140 – January 2018


Straight-Six Stunner

Not all MGBs were 1.8s or V8s; the short-lived and relatively unpopular six-cylinder MGC of 1967 only ran for two years, and fifty years after its introduction it’s one of the rarest of all MG variants. This Dublin registered example took home a trophy from the Terenure classic show this year, and it’s easy to see why.

Ross’s Rig

Ross's RigHe might have not even been born when his dad, Richard restored this very fine Massey Ferguson 135, but 11-year-old Ross Harding is very much angling to be the custodian today, and is as enthusiastic a fan of the model as you could find.


Sixty Years of Fun

Sixty-Years-of-FunIn the history of motoring there have been very few cars that have captured the public imagination as much as the Fiat 500. It celebrates its sixtieth anniversary in 2017, so we held an impromptu 500 gathering in Dublin to examine the reasons for its success.

Operation Transition

Operation-TransitionIn late 2016 we were contacted by Edward Wright, a pupil at Wilson’s Hospital School in Multyfarnham, Co. Westmeath, to let us know that a group of transition-year students were taking on a school project of a different kind – the restoration of a classic Fordson Dexta. This month we are delighted to show you the results of their hard work.

Stroke of Genius

Stroke-of-GeniusBilly Donegan from Fenagh in Co. Limerick has many fine attributes, two which are his unquestioned abilities in restoration and the fact that he is one of nature’s gentlemen. The first caused him to bring a very rare Scott Flying Squirrel back to life, while the second led him to invite us along to witness its first run.

Three’s a Charm

Threes-a-CharmOn our travels around the country for the magazine we’ve discovered one clear fact – very few of us old car buff s have just the one in the garage, and indeed most of us would probably keep adding to our collections indefinitely, given the space and the funds. However, Michael Tierney tells us that he’s perfectly content with the three he has now.

Ute Worker

Ute-WorkerIt’s oft been said that the once humble commercials are now the rarest classics of all, driven into the ground in their working lives and seen as not worth saving by the general motoring populace. This Austin A60 pickup, however, has been lucky in its owners and remains in impressively original condition today.





  • GOIVCC Liam Kelly Memorial Run

  • Killucan Vintage Club Road Run

  • Kilkenny Motor Club Classic & Vintage Show

  • Carlow Vintage & Classic Motor Club Show

  • IVETA National Indoor Show & Autojumble

  • The 30th Annual Clontibret Vintage Rally

  • Spirit of Dunboyne

  • Charleville Vintage Show

  • Dromcollogher Vintage Rally

  • Clonoulty David Brown Day

  • The 53rd National Steam Rally

  • Knockbridge Vintage Club Show



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