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1991 Hino   Bedford TJ Front Bedford TJ Rear  Leyland Leopard Ulsterbus front Leyland Leopard Ulsterbus rear Two Green Dublin busesOnboard Dublin BusFV103 Spartan(1)

A second nosey around last weekend’s Dublin Port Rally

With Patrick ‘Carspotter’ Cummins.

Patrick writes:

Today I bring you the conclusion of my weekend at the Dublin Port Rally. There were a host of lovely artics from the early 1980s which I had drooled over and an abundance of 1960s Leyland Leopards too. Reminding me of my own youth, there was a handful of old green double-decker Leylands and two Imp Mercedes buses – these used to operate on my local route in Drimnagh and each had a different body: one an Alexander and the other a Euro Coach Builders. Here are four vehicles I have chosen but I hope to get some more uploaded over the coming months on quiet car-spotting weeks:

1991 Hino: “
I’m not up on Hino models so perhaps someone can clarify what it is. I do know that this was a demonstration model which was bought new by the owner in 1991 and never used commercially. It bears the Roadstone headboard as the owner did haulage for them but not in this specific truck. I remember them being used in Dublin in the 1990s as bin lorries if I’m not mistaken.”

1970 Bedford TJ: Much better than a camper-van! This has an accommodation box on the back and it sure looks comfy. It runs the 3.3 diesel engine putting out around 100bhp through a 5-speed gearbox. Originally it was commandeered by the Dutch army hence its left-hand drive setup.

1982 Leyland Leopard:Although many of the Leopards on the day were from 1966 I found a much later model from 1982 also. It was in use by Ulsterbus from 1982-2006 and utilised a body built by Alexander.

Two Green Dublin Buses: Perhaps the most memorable of all Dublin bus liveries was the green ones of the 1980s/1990s. The leftmost bus operating a 16A to Nutgrove is a 1974 Van Hool whilst the one on the right is a 1990 Leyland Olympian with Alexander body. You can also catch the corner of a 122 Imp from 1993 in Mercedes-Alexander guise.

The onboard cabin here, I think, is from a single-decker green Dublin bus registered UZG100. Interesting to note is the automatic gear selector which comprises a set of buttons rather than a gear stick or lever.

FV103 Spartan: I’ll finish off with something a little different. This Spartan tank entered service with the UK military in 1978. It is powered by a 6 cylinder Jaguar petrol engine.

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Very Loud Civic Engine

Mondello Park in Co. Kildare hosted one of the year’s biggest motoring festivals over the weekend. The finale of the Irish Drift Championship (IDC) took place during a larger showcase of Japanese motoring icons called Jap-Fest.

Patrick ‘Carspotter’ Cummins writes:

An array of super-quick, finely-tuned Japanese automobiles from across the decades were on display as well as a host of specially modified drift cars. The drift championships themselves were not the only competitive events to take place; barrel sprints, time-attacks and conventional races all ensued, pitting interesting machinery against each other.  Admittedly, I’m not an expert nor a particular enthusiast for fast, Japanese supercars but one can’t deny the power, speed and skill evident over the course of the festival. This is the first part of two in which I showcase my favourite finds from the day:

Barrel Sprints: “As aforementioned, barrel sprints took place in the paddock area throughout the day. The idea of this fun event was to have each driver drift 360º around three sets of tyres and then stop dead on a marked line. It made for some interesting battles but also some rotten luck. A number of drivers hit the cones, some spun out of control and one very unfortunate Silvia driver destroyed his clutch within seconds!”

Rolls Royce Silver Shadow:Firstly, let me apologise for the bad front-end picture. There was a lot of interest in this car and, by the time I had went back to get another photo, the Roller was being prepared for its inaugural drift outing. It really took my eye (and everyone else’s) and inside it had a very funky hydro-handle (handbrake lever). Shane Lynch of Boyzone is the owner of the car and an avid drifter himself. Out on track Shane gave us a demonstration of the Roller in action for the first time. It didn’t disappoint! As an interesting side-note Shane has a lot of motor racing experience including competitive stints in the British GT Championship.”

Toyota Corolla DX 2.0L Twin Cam: “If you are a keen Japanese sports car or drifting enthusiast then an early-mid 1980s Toyota Corolla DX will probably appear underwhelming. Even the bodywork wasn’t exactly immaculate on this almost-original example. However, the thing that makes this ‘almost original’ is perhaps the very reason why it has appeared here. It is loaded with a 2.0L Twin Cam engine which I’m sure adds a considerable amount of grunt over the original! I’m particularly delighted to see that the owner has decided not to bother with cosmetic add-ons on such a rare motor.”

Honda Civic EG:“I liked the look of this EG Honda Civic with Integra DC2 front lights. I have to plead ignorant in explaining the details of what lies under the bonnet but you can see for yourself. What I can say is that the owner kindly gave us an example of him red-lining it – I thought my ear drums were going to explode and several cars in the vicinity had their alarms activated by the noise.”

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UAZ Bukhanka Rear

The second Dublin Port Rally took place over the weekend.

Vintage tyre kicking sleuth Patrick ‘Carspotter’ Cummins went down on Saturday for a ‘nosey’.

Patrick writes:

The rally was located in an open space beside the Dublin Port Centre in East Wall and we were treated to warm, sunny weather all afternoon. The rally mostly comprises buses and commercial vehicles but there was a small selection of cars, motorbikes and military machinery also. I have a store of findings but you’ll only get these four for now.

1969 Leyland Beaver: CIE first acquired this truck in April 1969 and its first twelve years were spent hauling cement from Drogheda. It operated in the road freight division in Galway in the early 1980s and made a final transferral to Donnybrook garage where it was used as a tow truck. The Leyland was restored in 1998.

Canadian GMC Bus: When I first entered the premises, this Ontario bus was leaving and I thought I’d missed the opportunity to scope it out. Luckily it was just being given a run with some keen enthusiast passengers and returned some time later. The original Ontario registration is still visible on the dashboard. It dates from some time in the early 1980s.

1986 Trantor
: Quite an eye-catcher this one. According to the owner it is labelled a “truck-lorry” and was assembled by a crowd called Trantor. It is, in essence, a mish-mash of different machinery: it is powered by a Perkins 6 cylinder diesel engine, has an Albion back axle and runs a Bedford gearbox. Only about 17 were ever made and this one was bought in Northern Ireland. Yes, it is still in regular use on the owner’s farm!

1976 UAZ-452 ‘Bukhanka’: UAZ were a manufacturer from the USSR and here is an example of one of their military ambulances. It was used by the Czech army and dates from 1976. Production of these “Bukhanka” vans began in 1965 and, in ambulance form, they could hold up to four stretchers. They were 4×4 and well capable of going off-road if needed be.



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Patrick ‘Carspotter’ Cummins discovers two deceptively tasty jammers laying in the Walkinstown, Dublin 12 overgrowth.

1.1985 Citroen CX: “Here is a pristine example of Citroen’s long-running executive production, the CX. With aerodynamic styling as well as Citroen’s staple hydro-pneumatic suspension, the CX was unconventional when it was launched in 1974. By 1985, Peugeot had already taken control of Citroen. Sorry there is no reverse angle. I didn’t feel comfortable going into the garden.”

2. Mercedes 240D (W123): “Although the W123 Mercedes is one of the most ubiquitous classics you’ll see on the streets, this particular find is interesting for a number of reasons. Firstly, it’s got the diesel engine which owes to it having a manual gearbox. There is substantially less diesel ones to be found. Then there’s the colour. I would love to know if this is a custom paint job or a factory one. The wheel caps are coloured in the same army green and this was a feature of Mercedes’ from this era.”

Patrick returns next week with classic snooping from this month’s Dublin Port Rally and the  Japanese Motor Show in Mondello.

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