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Issue-138-coverThe November 2017 issue of Irish Vintage Scene (Issue 138) is now on sale, and is an unusual issue in that no less than two of our three featured cars are ex-Garda vehicles! For our cover story we mark the 50th anniversary of the Vauxhall Victor FD series by visiting an enthusiast with a long-standing interest in the model, having bought one brand-new in 1967 after a case of love at first sight. Today, he owns a lovely Victor 2000 as well as our cover car, an extremely rare Victor 3.3 manual that was a Garda car from new. From a different era (that of the Irish Free State, to be exact) comes our second car feature, which looks at a 1923 Model T Ford that was a Dublin metropolitan police car in the days before the formation of the Garda Siochana we know today. Our main feature tractor this month is a Fordson that’s both familiar and unfamiliar, being basically a New Performance Super Major but in an unusual colour scheme and badged as a 5000 Super Major Diesel as it’s a rare, unrestored Canadian-market model. Our second tractor feature looks at a beautifully-restored Ford-Ferguson 9N from Derry that boasts unique potato-harvesting attachments fabricated by the owner’s father in the 1960s. Our motorcycle feature this month outlines the resurrection of an Ariel Arrow Super Sport, while our commercial feature tells the story of the epic restoration of an Irish-manufactured 1979 Dennison 265 truck. Our event reports include the Kilbroney Vintage Show, Ford 100 Fest in Ballinascarthy, Ulster Festival of Steam & Transport, we’ve a one-off article on the history of Aston Martins in Ireland, there’s a competition to win a weekend at the Fitzgerald Woodland House Hotel in Adare, and all of the usual favourites are in there too, so don’t miss out – get your November 2017 issue of Irish Vintage Scene today at any good newsagent, or order here online!


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News & Events

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·         RSA & An Garda Síochána urge pedestrians & cyclists to wear hi-visibility clothing ·         10 killed and 40 seriously injured in October Bank Holiday weekend crashes since 2011   The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and An Garda Síochána have urged pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists, ahead of the October Bank Holiday weekend and clocks going back, to ensure they can clearly see and be seen … Read more…


NEW NCT legislation

So it’s been a three year wait and battle but finally the new legislation regards testing has been published today.  From 2020 cars and commercial vehicles over 40 years of age will be NCT & Doe exempt. From May 2018 vehicles between 30-40 years old will have to undergo a test every two years. Two great points from this is it’s a rolling rule and … Read more…


Competition Time

We’ve a family pass to GIVEAWAY to Limerick’s 7th Diecast Model & Diorama Show on Sunday 10th September 2017 from 10am to 6pm in South Court Hotel, Raheen, Co. Limerick   To enter just complete the below form:      


Shamrock Car & Machinery Club Vintage Festival

The Shamrock Car & Machinery Club held their annual show on the May Bank Holiday Monday at the Hamlet Court Hotel in Johnstown Bridge in Co. Kildare, and Irish Vintage Scene’s Andrew Pollock was there to bring you these photos from the day.

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McLaren Exhibition from 6 July to 27 August in the Louwman Museum in The Hague

Amanda McLaren opens McLaren Exhibition Amanda McLaren, daughter of founder Bruce McLaren, opened the exhibition dedicated to McLaren in the Louwman Museum in The Hague on Thursday 6 July. Sixteen McLarens are on display dating from 1971 to 2016, providing an excellent overview of the glorious years of the British manufacturer of racing cars and high-performance sports cars. Founder Bruce McLaren started his own racing … Read more…


Neal Egan Club Cars & Coffee Meet

The well-known Neal Egan Memorial Club hold regular cars & coffee meets in Sligo, and at the one on the 26th of March 2017 Pat Mullan was there to bring us these photos. Full report in issue 26 of Retro Classics.


IEC/OVCI Blacksod Run & Kadettfest Meet

This year the Irish Escort Owners Club and Opel Vauxhall Club Ireland decided to merge their early-year Sligo-based events into one, to raise funds for the Irish Coastguard in light of the Blacksod helicopter disaster. Pat Mullan was there to document the day for us. Full report in issue 26 of Retro Classics.


Irish Escort Club’s Clare Run

Full report in issue 26 of Retro Classics.

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Galway Plaza Car Show Rescheduled

The Galway Plaza’s Car Exhibition RETURNS! In association with Cancer Care West and Kiltullagh Pioneers FC. Fun activities for the whole family. Monster Energy Truck and Competition! All clubs welcome! Featuring exotic, classic, modified, vintage and American muscle cars. Exhibit registration 10am – 12.30pm.


E Fox Engineers Ltd to Sponsor this weekend’s International Mini Meeting in Westport

E Fox Engineers are sponsoring this weekend’s International Mini Meet (IMM) with Jefferson Tools, The event takes place in the grounds of Westport House on the Wild Atlantic Way.  The IMM is an annual event and changes country each year, with thousands of international Mini fans travelling to the event each year. The IMOC have been involved in the mammoth task of organising this year’s event- both … Read more…