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The May 2017 issue of Irish Vintage Scene (Issue 132) is now on sale, and it’s headed up by a very special feature to mark a very special milestone: April this year marks the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Henry Ford’s operations in Cork, and to celebrate that momentous and far-reaching event we bring four Cork-built Fords back to where they were manufactured, at the site of the former Ford plant on Cork’s Marina. Our second car feature is also something unusual as we catch up with the ‘One-Eyed Sprite’, a Dublin-built Austin Healey Frogeye racing car that enjoyed many racing successes in the sixties with one of Ireland’s most famous racing drivers behind the wheel.

Our main tractor feature this month is a unique one for us, as we take a look at a Co. Longford-based collection of Ferguson and Massey Ferguson machines that contains some really special examples – however, the owner is selling off the collection and getting out of the restoration hobby, as the story explains. Our second tractor feature looks at an unusual Someca tractor that’s been restored by an enthusiast of (usually Italian) classics. Our feature motorcycle is a classic Triton cafe racer that recently took one of the most prestigious show trophies on the Irish scene, while our commercial feature tells the story of what is possibly the only surviving mobile creamery left in the country, built on a Ford Thames Trader lorry. Our event reports include the Footman James NEC Classic Motor Show and the Kilkenny Classic Sale & Autojumble, and all of the usual favourites are in there too, including a new regular slot where we bring you some personal stories from people behind the magazine, so don’t miss out – get your May 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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