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The April 2017 issue of Irish Vintage Scene (Issue 131) is now on sale, with a real family classic on the cover this month. The Morris Minor holds fond memories for many people, not least this ’54 split-screen, as it’s been in its current ownership since the late eighties and recently acted as the transport for a family wedding. Our second feature car, a Ford Escort Mk2, is a rarer breed than it looks, a German-built example that’s still in unrestored, low-mileage condition following its storage in Germany for many decades.

Our main feature tractor this month concerns a Massey Ferguson collection that includes a 148 with a unique story, leading it to be featured in our magazine for the second time, while our second tractor feature checks out the amazing collection of early Zetors owned by a former dealer in the marque. Our feature motorcycle is a pre-war Ariel 350NG that’s been bringing its Ariel-mad owner plenty of vintage biking pleasure, while our commercial feature is something very out of the ordinary this month – an ex-RTE Aktiv Fisher Snow Trac! Our show reports include the Ballinakill VCOC Portlaoise Indoor Classic Show, the IVVMCC Leopardstown Motorbike Show and the rescheduled Mountbellew Vintage Show, and all of the usual favourites are in there too, so don’t miss out – get your April 2017 issue of Irish Vintage Scene today at any good newsagent, or order here online!

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Crashed and Byrned goes on sale

THE GREATEST RACING DRIVER YOU NEVER SAW A surreal tale of a poverty-stricken Dundalk kid’s rise to become the only racing driver the great Ayrton Senna ever feared – and how  it all went wrong from there. For a brief moment Irishman Tommy Byrne was arguably the world’s greatest driver, the motor racing equivalent of George Best and Muhammad Ali rolled into one. A racer, … Read more…

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Euro Auctions to sell 100+ classic tractors in a one-day special auction

  A vast private collection of over 100+ classic and historic tractors, plus associated equipment, has just been put up for auction. Amassed and lovingly maintained by John Flynn over the past four decades, the cherished collection, which is currently held in Northern Ireland, is reputed to be one of the best in private hands and includes many historically important models from the ’50s and … Read more…

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E Fox Engineers Ltd 2017 “Chequered Flag” motorsport sponsorship scheme.

E Fox Engineers Ltd today announced details of their 2017 “Chequered Flag” motorsport sponsorship scheme. Following on from the hugely successful implementation of the scheme back in 2015, the Baldonnell based tool suppliers will launch the scheme once again for 2017 in conjunction with Facom and Britool Expert tools. Competitors in all forms of Motorsport are eligible to partake and can register online from early … Read more…

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€100 cash & other prizes for your snow photo

It’s snowing outside so we just thought of a great idea for next years Christmas cards. Why not get a cool photo of a vintage vehicle outside in the show, something like the one we’ve used in the past. We’ve a few ideas below to get the creative juices flowing… The Winning photo could be used as our 2017 Christmas cards. The winner will receive €100 cash … Read more…

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Road Safety Alert – Snow & Ice

Wednesday 11th January: The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is advising all road users to take extra care when using the roads over the next 72 hours as Met Eireann has issued a yellow weather warning nationwide for sleet, snow and ice. Very cold wintry weather will develop from Wednesday evening and will last until midday on Saturday. There is a risk of 3-5cm snow nationwide … Read more…

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Vintage Tyres 20% off January Sale

JANUARY SALE! Welcome to Vintage Tyres’ January sale We’re taking 20% off our Avon (car range), Ensign and Waymaster tyres until the end of the month. Click on the buttons below to go straight to the deals or call 01590 612261 now. All offers are for UK retail sales only. Offer ends on January 31, 2017 /products/car-tyres/waymaster-jan-2017-offer

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Carey Wins €50k Motorsport Ireland Young Driver Award

Meath’s Cian Carey was named as the winner of the Motorsport Ireland/Sport Ireland Young Driver of The Year Award earlier this week at a ceremony in Sport Ireland’s Ballycoolin Campus The 2016 BOSS Ireland Champion was one of three finalists chosen from the original nominees, the other two being Andy O’Brien and Jordan Dempsey. Driving his Mooretown Engineering Formula Renault car, Cian won the BOSS (Big Open Single … Read more…

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The ‘Head-Skimmer’ Crossword 2016

After a few years of absence, this year Dick Byrne is back with his aptly-titled Head-Skimmer Crossword. As always, you’ll have to be firing on all cylinders to find all the clues to this one, and all completed entries will be entered into a draw to win €100 cash. All entries must be submitted by the 31st of January, and if you don’t want to … Read more…

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The 37th Erne Vintage Car Club Annual Rally

This year, on the occasion of the Erne Vintage Car Club’s 37th Annual Rally, I decided to spend the weekend with the club instead of leaving after the run on Saturday, and it was worth it. The event took place from the 19th to the 21st of August, and the Friday night saw a very big display of vehicles in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, with the … Read more…

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Moynalty Steam Threshing 2016

Co. Meath’s Moynalty Steam Threshing Festival is one of the largest vintage events in the country at this stage, and the 2016 festival on the 14th of August was another fantastic day, as Paddy O’Rourke shows in his photos. Words & Photos by Paddy O’Rourke

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