What’s in issue 174 (DECEMBER 2020)




Full Circle

You don’t need us to tell you how much classic Escorts are hot property these days, and particularly performance versions with history. This 1974 Mk1 1600GT is not only a rare Irish survivor, but following its recent restoration it made a trip back to its original dealership to meet with some familiar faces from its past. Irish Vintage Scene were there to capture the occasion.

Land Charter

We first encountered Tyrone-man Arnold Charters way back in our August 2019 issue, when the world was in its pre-Covid state – we didn’t realise just how fortunate we all were then! In that issue we featured Arnold’s S36 Foden lorry, which he used to transport some of his impressive array of tractors to vintage shows. Alas the lorry has now been sold off and the shows are cancelled for this year, but all is not lost; the tractors remain, as we show you here.

Quattro at Forty

It’s hard to believe it but Audi’s legendary quattro four-wheel- drive system has been with us for forty years this year, having first appeared on the market in the eponymous Quattro launched in 1980. To mark the occasion, we look at a fine example of the original Quattro, and its replacement, the Audi Coupe.

Plan Z

The Japanese motorcycle wars of the 1970s produced countless bikes that are today’s classics. One of these was the Z650, Kawasaki’s answer to the sub-750cc bracket and a model that brought the fight to arch-rivals Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki. Con Nolan’s green beauty shows us how.

In Transit

When you think ‘camper’ you tend to visualise a VW Type 2, but when you think ‘van’ it’s a Ford Transit that emerges in your mind’s eye. Ford’s runaway commercial success story was launched fifty-five years ago to dominate a lucrative market, and today the name-plate is just as numerous on our roads. It wasn’t always about cruise control, electronic engine management and Bluetooth though, as this very original 1985 Mk2 demonstrates.



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

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

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.

Rusty Staples  William Carson’s bi-monthly trawl through his classic magazine collection.

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.

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

On The Spanners A look at the restoration projects going on in sheds all over the island.

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.