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Irish Vintage Scene Issue 177 March 2021

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Gracing the cover of the March 2021 issue of Irish Vintage Scene is a pair of classic Escorts that are sure to be of great interest to the many Ford fans out there. Both are rare, Irish-built examples, one being an extremely early Mk1 1300 GT from the end of 1967 and the other a very original Mk2 1300 Sport from 1979.

Irish Vintage Scene Issue 177 March 2021
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 177 March 2021

Gracing the cover of the March 2021 issue of Irish Vintage Scene is a pair of classic Escorts that are sure to be of great interest to the many Ford fans out there. Both are rare, Irish-built examples, one being an extremely early Mk1 1300 GT from the end of 1967 and the other a very original Mk2 1300 Sport from 1979.

Both are highly cherished by their Co. Wicklow-based owners. Our second car feature is another rare red beauty, this time a 1974 Alfa Romeo Montreal that has been restored at home by its owner, and we also drop in on one West Cork owner to check out his collection, comprising of an Irish-assembled Morris Minor, LHD VW Beetle, 1937 Ford Model Y Fordor and Massey Ferguson 135. 

Speaking of tractors, our monthly tractor feature tells us about one Ballymena farmer’s restoration of both a 1960 Fordson Dextra and the early, 1947 Ferguson TE-20 that his father bought in the 1960s.

Our motorcycle slot is on a 1961 Triumph 3TA that’s been rebuilt in memory of Bob Dylan’s famous T-100, and our commercial feature looks at an unusual 1979 Scammell Routeman eight-wheel tipper that’s been rebuilt to perfection.

To provide the vintage and classic vehicle enthusiast in Ireland with one place to source all they need for their hobby.

Tom Heavey, Managing Editor, Irish Vintage Scene
What’s in this Issue
R S Escorts

For this feature the famous RS moniker doesn’t stand for ‘Rallye Sport’, but ‘Ronnie and Seamas’ – friends of over fifty years, Co. Wicklow’s Ronnie Jackson and Seamas O’Brien share a long-standing passion for fast Fords. Their red Mk1 and Mk2 Escorts are very rare original Irish examples of the 1300 GT/1300 Sport breed, both of which were bought new in the Abbey Services Ford dealership in their home county. 

Perfect Partnership

Even though they never actually clashed in the showrooms, missing each other by only a year, the Ferguson 20 and Fordson Dexta were certainly seen as rivalling machines as they aged on the second-hand market, being of comparable size and performance. However, Jim Gault’s nicely-restored pairing are perfectly happy to share a shed together in their retirement. 

Montreal Convention

The ‘unicorn’ Alfa Romeo for many enthusiasts, the Montreal of the 1970s made quite an impact with its merger of exotic Bertone styling with a fuel-injected, quad-cam V8 engine. Mechanically complex and expensive to run, less than 4,000 were built, making it a rare sight even in period. Owen Cooke’s needed a full restoration, but the finished result was worth the effort. 

Black Rider

The great Bob Dylan has been an inspiration to countless thousands of musicians, artists and activists since the 1960s, but his infamous 1964 Triumph T-100 inspired Dr Austin O’Sullivan to restore this 1961 3TA as a tribute. 

My Collection

This month we drop in on Finbarr Dullea, who shows us around his four classics that have been in his possession for many years, and have many happy miles under their wheels. 

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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.

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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