The December 2015 edition of Irish Vintage Scene (Issue 115) is on sale now, and as always is full to the brim with top feature vehicles and show reports from all around Ireland.

Our cover story this month looks at what was probably the most radical and sensational saloon ever to enter production; it’s hard to believe that the Citroen DS is sixty this year, and its impact has scarcely lessened to this day. To celebrate the milestone, we delve into its history and meet some lucky owners of this legendary model. Conversely, our second feature car is from the opposite end of the automotive spectrum; the tiny Heinkel Kabine microcar might only have had three wheels, one-cylinder and one big access door (at the front), but it was still technically a car, and was capable of everyday transport with high levels of economy, which was the whole point. The absolute beauty we feature this month was built during the model’s production run in Dundalk, making it a rare Irish survivor. We also feature a Triumph GT6 Mk2 that’s been restored to truly stunning condition by a Northern Irish enthusiast, and in another of our new restoration series we bring you the final instalment of the resurrection of a rusty and incomplete Morris Minor van.

Our main tractor feature this month tells the story of the restoration of one of the most sought-after Ferguson models out there – the FE35 “Gold-Belly”. Even though the starting point for this project was a poor one, with battered bodywork, a badly-damaged engine and a gearbox full of water, the result is nothing short of magnificent. Our second tractor comes from the very different era of the early seventies, at the point where Nuffield tractors became Leyland tractors – this Leyland 384 is a rarity nowadays, and was picked up and restored by its current owner thanks to his memories of the same model on his family farm many years ago.

Moving to two wheels, our featured motorcycle this month is nicknamed the ‘Hybrid’ thanks to both its composition of Norton and Matchless components and its dual roles on and off the road; the 1966 Norton N15 CS was a result of Associated Motor Cycles’ combining of the engine from the Norton Atlas and a frame from Matchless (both companies in its portfolio), and was predominantly intended for the American market. Rounding off another highly-varied issue is a look at the history of the Austin Champ military vehicle, and what is thought to be the only example in the Republic of Ireland.

Event reports in this issue include the Irish Classic & Vintage Motor Show in Terenure, the Ulster Festival of Steam & Transport in Ballymena and more besides, and with all of the usual attractions in there too, plus a new monthly classic car article called ‘Gerry’s Gems’, you won’t want to miss the December 2015 issue of Irish Vintage Scene; get yours today!


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News & Events

Road Safety Alert – Orange Weather Warning Issued for Strong Winds

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is advising all road users today to take extreme care when using the roads as Met Éireann has issued an orange weather alert warning of winds of speeds of 65 to 80 km/h and will gust between 110 and 130 km/h in Munster, Leinster, Galway and Roscommon areas. There is a risk that these speeds could be exceeded during the … Read more…


John Lewis Christmas Advert 2015 – #ManOnTheMoon



Antrim-man Alexander Louden and his 1939 MG TB have made the final of the 10th Meguiar’s Club Showcase, a hotly-contested competition to find the UK’s most perfect classic and vintage cars. Alexander is one of fourteen finalists whose cars will be shown at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at Birmingham’s NEC from the 13th to the 15th of November, where the overall winner will … Read more…


November newsletter video

Each month we like to bring the recipients of our online newsletter something of interest from the worldwide web, be it a video, photo or a blog. This month we’d like to share with you a glimpse into a bygone age of motorsport, and motorcycling in particular, courtesy of the iconic Pathé News – it’s a short but fascinating video of the Leinster Motorcycle Club’s … Read more…


Preparing Your Car for Winter Storage: A Few Useful Tips

The following guide was submitted by Noel Corry of the MG Owners’ Club of Northern Ireland, and should be useful to many given the time of year. ED “With the summer sun sinking ever lower in the sky, leaves fluttering to the ground, condensation on your windows and the nights closing in, it’s fast approaching that time of the year again when many of us will … Read more…


20th September Ford Heritage Event

Unfortunately The Ford Heritage Event had to be postponed until this weekend the 20th September due to bad weather. The event will be held at the Ford Homestead, Ballinascarthy, Co. Cork. See ad below for full details.



Meath Vintage Group in conjunction with Crossakiel Community groups are holding a Tony Smith memorial thrashing on Crossakiel Parish Green on Sunday 4th October. As we all know, Tony was well respected in vintage circles and was known far and wide for his fund raising ability. With this in mind, we would like to invite all vintage fans to remember Tony on this day. We … Read more…


60th Anniversary Run for Citroen DS

To celebrate this year’s 60th anniversary of the launch of the Citroen DS, a drive from Tramore to Dungarvan or Ardmore will take place on Saturday, October 3rd along the very scenic Copper Coast route in Co. Waterford. Anyone with any version of a Citroen D-series would be most welcome to join in. For further details, contact John O’Sullivan on 021 4652447 or at


Car-azy for CANNONBALL

It is the largest organised road trip in Europe, 180 of the finest cars on the planet, €700,000 raised for children’s charities, celebrities out in force, 820KM of Irish open roads, live music, dancers, stunt riders, aerobatic displays and the awesome sight of over 150,000 spectators waving chequered flags in a frenzy of anticipation.   On Friday September 11th, 2015 from 9am CANNONBALL 2015 revvs … Read more…


Galway Summer Rally….Another satisfied print customer

Just completed another large print order this time for The Galway Summer Rally. The order included The Official Rally Programme, Road book, Drivers time card books, Safety plan books, various vinyl labels and driver details insert for the program. Remember we don’t just design and print magazines, we print business cards, letterheads, flyers, posters, pull up banners, labels, docket books and much, much more! If … Read more…