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Irish Vintage Scene Issue 171 September 2020

Gracing the cover of the September 2020 issue of Irish Vintage Scene is a very rare survivor of what was a massively important model for Ford – the Mk3 Escort ushered in a new era of front-wheel-drive packaging for the already legendary nameplate, and this unrestored Pastell Yellow example remains just how it rolled off the showroom floor in 1980.

Irish Vintage Scene Issue 171 September 2020
Publication Information
ISSN: 1649 8356
Cover Price: £4.40 / €6.25
Format: A4, 96 pages
Frequency: Monthly
Subject: Cars, Commercial, Motorcycles, Tractors
Publisher: Irish Vintage Scene

Irish Vintage Scene Issue 171 September 2020

Gracing the cover of the September 2020 issue of Irish Vintage Scene is a very rare survivor of what was a massively important model for Ford – the Mk3 Escort ushered in a new era of front-wheel-drive packaging for the already legendary nameplate, and this unrestored Pastell Yellow example remains just how it rolled off the showroom floor in 1980.

Our second car feature tells the motorsport history of one Northern Ireland enthusiast, as well as introducing his impeccable Triumph Dolomite Sprint.

Our feature tractor this month is a very early production Massey Ferguson 135 from 1964 that was restored earlier this year, but hasn’t yet seen a show due to the Covid-19 situation, while our motorcycle feature focuses on a rebuilt Yamaha RD125 from 1973, a model that kick-started the riding career of countless bikers.

Rounding out this issue is our commercial vehicle feature on a Ford Thames ET6 recovery truck that has a fascinating history based in Co. Cork. All of the usual favourites are in there too, so don’t miss out – pre-order your September 2020 issue of Irish Vintage Scene right here and receive it before it’s in the shops.

What’s in this Issue!

Fresh as a Daisy

Usually when an old car reaches the hands of us restorers and collectors it’s been through the mill of many owners and years of degradation. But sometimes, just sometimes, it manages to make it through life unscathed in the hands of caring keepers, as in the case of Declan Dunne’s amazingly original Pastell Yellow 1980 Ford Escort.

It’s Not Red…

…Leave it in the shed – so goes the saying. From its launch in 1964 to its eventual demise in the late seventies, the Massey Ferguson 135 has inspired generations of farmers and tractor enthusiasts. This beauty was only restored earlier this year, and the lack of events this summer means it has yet to be seen at a show.

Monte Memories

Imagine hearing the story of how your father won the Monte Carlo Rally, the most prestigious prize on the international rally scene. For most of us this would take a lot of imagination, but that’s how it was for Colin Johnston when he was a growing up in Northern Ireland. This stunning Triumph Dolomite Sprint now evokes the days spent with his father working at a British Leyland dealership.

First Love

Bright candy paint, skinny tyres and a bumblebee exhaust note – this is the stuff of serious nostalgia for many bikers, who started off on the Japanese two-strokes of the seventies and early eighties. This Yamaha RD125 was bought for that very reason, and it’s been restored to catalogue-fresh to take to the roads again.

Breakdown Beauty

Before the advent of tablets and games consoles there was a time when every kid’s toybox contained not only a collection of toy cars, but a little tow-truck to rescue them when a miniature disaster struck. Coming face to face with Michael Rigney’s beautifully-restored Ford Thames recovery truck brought home those very same memories.

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Regulars

News & Events

The latest developments from all over Ireland and abroad.

Diary Dates

The most comprehensive list of upcoming events in Ireland.

Your Letters

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

Q&A 

Each month we pitch a motoring question at Irish Vintage Scene’s regular contributors.

Rusty Staples

William Carson’s bi-monthly trawl through his classic magazine collection.

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.

Tales from Over the Water

Clare-man PJ Francis shares with us his old vehicle adventures in the United States.

On The Spanners

A look at the restoration projects going on in sheds all over the island.

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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