What’s in issue 147 – August 2018


Time Healeys All

Time-Healeys-AllIf Ger Lane had a euro for every time someone’s called his Austin Healey Sprite an MG Midget, he’d probably have enough money to buy himself a second one. However, having owned this beauty since 1985, and restoring it twice in that time, this one could never be replaced in his affections.

Hit for Six

Hit-for-SixSam Kennedy was brought up on a farm in Aghadowey, near Coleraine, and, like many young lads in the 1950s, he learned to drive a tractor in those halcyon days when power farming was the emerging alternative to the farm horse. These were exciting times for a boy keen to learn the skills that went along with the new technology, in his case, a David Brown Cropmaster.

Complex State

Complex-StateBrilliant, baffling and bold, the Maserati-powered Citroen SM of 1970 looked like it came from 2070, but only lasted in production for five years due to a host of obstacles. Today though, it’s lost none of its impact.

The Green Generation

The-Green-GenerationThis year, John Deere celebrate 100 years in the tractor business, and in their first fifty years championed solely two-cylinder engines. The company finally broke with their two-cylinder tradition in 1960 with the ‘New Generation of Power’ 10-Series, to create a massively-successful family line that would span subsequent decades, and this restored trio show us the attraction.

Low Flyer

Low-FlyerAs rolling proof that there’s nothing new under the sun, this Ner-A-Car boasts hub-centric steering and a continuously variable transmission– not bad for 1921! What’s more, this example is a true family heirloom, as itwas bought by Austin Ryan’s father, Seamus more than 45 years ago.

A Tank Full of Memories

A-Tank-Full-of-MemoriesWhen military vehicles reach the end of their service and are auctioned off , many are never seen or heard of again. However, this 1937 Bedford WLG has survived the last eighty years and today is a beautiful promotional vehicle for a well-known fuel brand.





  • Shane’s Castle May Day Steam Rally

  • RIAC Pioneer Run

  • Limerick Classic Car Show

  • The 7th Malahide Classic & Vintage Car Show

  • Principal Insurance VJMC Classic Motorcycle Show

  • Techno Classica Essen



News & Events The latest developments from all over Ireland and abroad.

Diary Dates The most comprehensive list of upcoming events in Ireland.

Club Scene A dedicated section open to every club in Ireland to promote itself and its events.

Your Letters Have your say and get it off your chest; this is your place to say what you really think.

Q&A  Each month we pitch a motoring question at Irish Vintage Scene’s regular contributors.

Laid to Rust A monthly pictorial of vehicles that are rusting away in the peace of our countryside.

Past Times Ireland’s best-known motoring historian, Bob Montgomery looks back at motoring and motoring events in the early days.

Model Scene News from the ever-growning world of model collecting.

Gerry’s Gems Motoring historian Gerry Barrett’s monthly look at some of his vintage and classic favourites.

Tales from Over the Water Clare-man PJ Francis shares with us his old vehicle adventures in the United States.

Retrospect A page of old and nostalgic motoring photos sent in by our readers.

Classifieds Looking for a classic? Well this is Ireland’s only dedicated marketplace.

Behind the Wheel Dick Byrne looks back at his memories of motoring in the last century.