What’s in issue 152 – January 2019


Raising the Bar

The Jaguar XJ6 range rewrote the luxury saloon rulebook upon its launch in 1968, fi fty years ago this year. To mark the occasion, we bring together two of the most attractive examples of the breed in the country, to see what made them such a runaway success.

The End of the Line

After a long and proud history of tractor production stretching back to 1939, David Brown’s fortunes began to decline following their buyout by Tenneco in the early 1970s, leading to this famous nameplate being replaced by another Tenneco asset, Case, in 1983. The Commemorative Edition Case 1394 you see here marked the end of the line for DB and the start of the new Case era.

Class A

Nowadays the term “Class A” unfortunately brings to mind prohibited substances and all the negatives that go along with them. This, however, is an altogether different Class A, Opel’s first offering of the Manta and, an example that’s one of the most original around.

The Woolf Collection – Part 1

Having begun to keep his existing tractors from 1973 onwards, and going on to collect rarities and unusual machines thereafter, Co. Antrim’s Rory Woolf now owns what must be one of the most impressive collections of tractors on this island. This month, Sean Finegan takes us through just half of what he saw on his recent visit.

Boxing Clever

Enjoying a unique position in the world of motorcycles, BMW’s boxer twins have long been sought after as reliable and comfortable machines capable of far outlasting their competitors. Fr. Pat O’Neill is a life-long motorcyclist who has no doubts as to their merits.

In the Post

Retired telecoms engineer Brian Lacey had never tackled a full-on classic restoration before buying this 1974 Bedford van in poor condition, but it was worth the wait as, in its iconic P&T livery, it’s a conversation-starter wherever it goes.






  • Mullingar Vintage & Classic Show

  • Campfest 2018

  • Ballinamore Vintage & Family Day

  • COCI Autumn Weekend Rally

  • Kilbroney Vintage Show

  • Trim V&V Show

  • Mondello Historic Motorsport Festival

  • Classic Wheels Ireland Show, Youghal

  • IVVCC Brass Brigade Run

  • Limavady Classic Motorbike Exhibition

  • Lisdoonan Vintage & Heritage Show

  • West Run 2018

  • Vintage Austin Register Coastal Challenge


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.