The June 2016 issue of Irish Vintage Scene (Issue 121) is on sale now, and not only is it packed with top feature vehicles and show reports from all around Ireland, but it’s also a rather special edition as it marks the tenth anniversary since our first issue hit the shelves back in May of 2006! To mark the occasion we’ve a competition on page 20, with some great prizes up for grabs.

This month’s cover car is a real all-rounder, if ever there was one; this stunning Alfa Romeo 1300 GT Junior combines classic Bertone styling with everyday usability and race-track performance thanks to a whole raft of upgrades, masterminded by its knowledgeable owner, a serial Alfa restorer who knows all the performance tricks. They say that “knowledge is power”, and with 210bhp now on tap, it’s certainly the case here! Our second car feature is more sedate, concerning a pair of Mk2 Ford Consuls that have become the centre of everyday life for their owners, having been restored to provide the perfect transport for a recent family wedding.

Our main tractor story this month showcases one of the most beautiful tractors we’ve ever featured – this 1973 Volvo BM T650 is not only a very rare sight in Ireland, but it’s also a low-hours ex-Swedish military example that’s been stunningly refinished and is sure to impress anyone that sees it. That’s not to take anything from our second feature tractor, a now relatively rare Leyland 262, as it’s been restored by a seventeen-year-old enthusiast as his second project!

Our feature motorcycle this month is something we can call unique without fear of contradiction, as the owner of this 1944 BSA M20 military machine has designed and built his own sidecar for it. It might have been made from recycled bits of various other vehicles, but it certainly doesn’t look it and this combination has really wowed the crowds at shows over the last couple of years. Rounding off another busy issue, our commercial vehicle feature is the lovely story of a genuine Irish 1969 Ford Escort van that went off working in England, only to return, be restored and eventually reunited with its old showroom in Co. Kildare. The list of show reports includes the Tipperary Vintage Rally held on Easter Sunday, the Copper Coast Challenge in Co. Wexford and the Swords Classic Car Show, Sale & Autojumble, and all of the usual favourites are in there too, so don’t miss out – get your June 2016 issue of Irish Vintage Scene today!


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News & Events


Leinster Classic Motorcycle Club’s Carlow Motorbike Show

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, hot off the presses, is a short video of our own from the recent Leinster Classic Motorcycle Club’s annual motorbike show in Carlow on Easter Sunday. Our editor, Andrew Pollock was there, and was delighted to … Read more…

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Swords Classic Car Show, Sale & Autojumble

The first of this year’s Classic Car Show, Sale & Autojumble events was held at the National Show Centre in Swords, Co. Dublin on the 10th of April, and Ian Shipley was there for Irish Vintage Scene to bring us these images. Photos by Ian Shipley

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The 8th IEC Clare Run 19/3/2016.

The Irish Escort Owners Club held their annual Clare Run on the 19th of March last, and Pat Mullan was there to capture these images for us. Words & Photos by Patrick Mullan

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25th Irish Classic & Vintage Motor Show 2016

Launch of Irish Jaguar and Daimler Clubs promo for the 25th Annual Irish Classic & Vintage Motor Show 2016 This event is taking place on Sunday 03 July 2016 in Terenure College Dublin from 11:00am to 6:00pm. Proceeds go to nominated charities see for more information


First Autojumble for Roscommon Town

The first-ever autojumble to take place in Roscommon Town will be held this Sunday, the 17th of April in Roscommon Business Park on Racecourse Road. What is an autojumble, I hear many of you ask? Well, it’s basically a car boot sale for vintage and classic vehicle enthusiasts, a meeting where traders and enthusiasts bring along vintage items for sale. It’s not all about vehicle … Read more…



As the UK’s favourite motorcycle insurance broker*, Carole Nash has renewed its contracts with World Superbike Champion, Jonathan Rea, and multiple world and British Superbike race winner Leon Haslam. The pair will continue to be the brand’s ambassadors, and are both set to be amongst the biggest names to watch out for in 2016. For the upcoming season, Leon, 33, is part of the JG … Read more…

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New Issue of Retro Classics

The April to June 2016 issue of Retro Classics Magazine is on sale from the 1st of April, and as always is packed with features and event reports from the world of classic, retro and motorsport cars in Ireland. On the cover of this issue is a jaw-dropping BMW 3.0 CSL – it’s original Irish, its bright orange, and it’s dropped on big BBS wheels, … Read more…

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Glenn Irwin, runner u pin the British Supersport Championship 2015, seen here after his epic win at Snetterton.
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MONSTER MOTORCYCLE SHOW 2016 Sunday Jan 31st – Clayton Silversprings Hotel Conference Centre   As bikers gear up for 2016 models, others like to ponder on the nostalgia of yesteryear’s motorcycles, The Monster Motorcycle Show hosted by The Cork Motorcycle Racing & Vintage Club, will have it all at the Clayton Silversprings Hotel Conference Centre on January 31st. The show is a firm favourite with … Read more…


Tractor Action Weekend in Aid of Irish Storm Victims

       An inaugural meeting of the Tractor Action Tipperary group was held on Monday the 4th of January at Littleton, Co. Tipperary. The meeting was called by Michael Fahey of Thurles, who has been instrumental in organising many charity events in the past and recently donated a tractor from his collection for auction in favour of the flood victims. Following on from that … Read more…