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Irish Vintage Scene Issue 120 May 2016

 

 
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Page Count: 96 pages
 
ISSN: 1649 8356
 
Cover Price: £3.95 / €5.95
 
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The May 2016 issue of Irish Vintage Scene (Issue 120) is on sale now, and as always is full to the brim with top feature vehicles and show reports from all around Ireland.

This month’s cover car comes from a time when every small family car wasn’t a front-wheel-drive hatchback; the Fiat 850 might have produced less than 40bhp, and had a pretty small boot up front, but it was a very popular little saloon for Fiat and its cute looks mean that it’s a popular little classic for enthusiasts today.

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The May 2016 issue of Irish Vintage Scene (Issue 120) is on sale now, and as always is full to the brim with top feature vehicles and show reports from all around Ireland.

This month’s cover car comes from a time when every small family car wasn’t a front-wheel-drive hatchback; the Fiat 850 might have produced less than 40bhp, and had a pretty small boot up front, but it was a very popular little saloon for Fiat and its cute looks mean that it’s a popular little classic for enthusiasts today. This one is an Irish-assembled example, which has been restored in recent years while retaining as many of its original features as possible.

Our second feature car is also rear-engined, but extremely rare in comparison – this 1934 Mercedes 130H is one of 4,298 made from ’34 to ’36, with very few surviving WW2. This particular car has recently emerged from a long restoration, and took the top prize at the recent AXA National Classic Car Show.

Our third feature car is a very fine example of the long-underrated Reliant Scimitar GTE, one that’s been very well sorted by its owner over the last fifteen years.

Our main tractor story this month looks at a very impressive rig indeed – a big Lanz Bulldog 28/06 from the closing days of the single-cylinder two-stroke diesel, plus a matching Lanz muck-spreader that’s recently been restored by its Lanz-mad owner – while our second tractor feature is no less impressive, as we visit the Co. Kildare-based collection of a life-long David Brown enthusiast, which is stored in a very impressive building indeed.

Our feature motorcycle this month is a recently-rebuilt BMW R75/5 from 1971, a classic model that’s really gaining popularity nowadays, and our commercial feature looks at a Leyland Mini Van that was restored for its owners’ wedding!

The list of show reports includes the Newcastle Indoor Classic Car Show, the Spring Tractor World Show from Malvern in England and a bumper four-page report on the recent AXA National Classic Car Show in Dublin’s RDS, and all of the usual favourites are in there too, so don’t miss out – get your May 2016 issue of Irish Vintage Scene today!

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The Features

The Irish Italian

A likeable small family car from Fiat’s rear-engine era, the 850 was a popular seller all over the world and more capable than perhaps it looked. While its image is undeniably Italian, the 850, like many of its stablemates, was assembled in Ireland in its day for the Irish market, including this rare survivor.

Lanz Ahoy

Jim Kelly of Co. Laois is well-known far and wide for his enthusiasm for Lanz tractors, which stems from his childhood days on his family farm. This month we take a look at the fruits of his latest work – a Bulldog 28 tractor and matching muck spreader.

Tail Gunner

The name Mercedes-Benz conjures up images of iconic models like the 540K, the 300SL Gullwing, the classic Pagoda roofed SLs – the list goes on. None of these were particularly modest, and so it was a surprise when, at the Berlin Motor Show of February 1934, Mercedes unveiled its frugal rear-engined 130H. This Irish-restored example took top honours at this year’s AXA National Classic Car Show.

Boxing Clever

Long-considered sturdy but unexciting, classic BMW motorcycles have enjoyed a massive surge in popularity in recent years as their elegance, reliability and design excellence is finally recognised. This R75/5 has recently been beautifully restored to richly exemplify all of these virtues.

White Goods

Classic commercials don’t come much smaller than the iconic Mini Van, which became as much of a legend in its own right as the saloon upon which it was based. Chris Greene certainly thinks so, as he restored this ’78 example to use as his wedding car!

Show Reports

Newcastle Classic Car Show

The 2016 AXA National Classic Car Show

Spring Tractor World Show

The 49th Irish National Motorcycle Assembly

The Anglesboro ‘Christmas in the Galtees’ Run

Moira Farm & Construction Model Show

Millstreet Vintage Club Model Show

Regulars

News & Events

The latest developments from all over Ireland and abroad.

Diary Dates

The most comprehensive list of upcoming events in Ireland.

Club Scene

A dedicated section open to every club in Ireland to promote itself and its events.

Your Letters

Have your say and get it off your chest; this is your place to say what you really think.

Laid to Rust

A monthly pictorial of vehicles that are rusting away in the peace of our countryside.

Past Times

Ireland’s best-known motoring historian, Bob Montgomery looks back at motoring and motoring events in the early days.

Model Scene

News from the ever-growning world of model collecting.

Gerry’s Gems

Motoring historian Gerry Barrett’s monthly look at some of his vintage and classic favourites.

Retrospect

A page of old and nostalgic motoring photos sent in by our readers.

Classifieds

Looking for a classic? Well this is Ireland’s only dedicated marketplace.

Behind the Wheel

Dick Byrne looks back at his memories of motoring in the last century.

 


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