Practical Classics

Practical Classics May 2021

Practical Classics magazine has a 30-year tradition of delivering the very best, hands-on classic car experiences to its readers. Every staff writer and contributor works on and restores their own classics. Each issue is packed with: * Rigorous buying advice * Real-world product tests * Inspirational classic driving features * Fascinating historical insight Practical Classics is also a campaigning title, taking the concerns of classic car owners to Parliament and keeping its readers' classics where they belong - on the road. So come and join PC in the workshop - the kettle's on.

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a brighter future

Following recent news that replacing halogen headlight bulbs with LEDs could lead to an instant MOT failure, classic car owners have been granted reprieve. Baroness Vere of Norbiton, Minister for Roads, Buses and Places, told Better Car Lighting proprietor, Gil Keane: ‘Vehicles first used before April 1, 1986 will not be affected by these changes, in line with the Road Vehicle Lighting Regulations (1989). This exemption has been raised in correspondence with the Department. A further change will be made to the testing manual to ensure this is clear to testers. ‘For other vehicles, the changes prohibit the fitting of light emitting diode (LED) bulbs to an existing halogen headlamp unit. This is to ensure that aftermarket components fitted to a vehicle meet the required standards and are type approved. This type…

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Tipping Point £34.99 ISBN: 978-1-5272-5619-4 Andy Plumb tells the story of the design and conception of one of the most culturally important British cars ever made in this well-written and presented hardback. A delightful coffee table book, full of joyful facts. amazon.co.uk Mr Le Mans: Tom Kristensen £40 ISBN: 978-87-972603-0-2 This book looks back on more than 30 years spent striving for perfection. Kristensen won the 24-hour race a record nine times between 1997 and 2014 and appeared on the podium a further five times. A really great read. evropublishing.com Britain’s Road Tunnels £14.99 ISBN: 978-1-3981-0028-2 Yes, really! Tunnel expert Mark Chatterton has compiled in this book all the various road tunnels in Britain after a decade of travelling extensively all over Britain researching and photographing tunnels for this book. amberley-books.com…

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what’s happening in 1964?

IN THE NEWS Plans are announced to build the World Trade Centre in New York, in a warehouse and electronics stores area of the city. Each business receives compensation of $3000. The architect of the seven office buildings, with two 110-storey towers as a striking centrepiece, is Minoru Yamasaki, and construction of the twin towers is completed in 1971. Their 2001 end, sadly, needs no explanation. AT THE FLICKS A new word enters common English usage, with the runaway success of Disney’s Mary Poppins at cinemas. Stage actress Julie Andrews becomes an international star in her feature film debut, and also wins an Oscar, but her main legacy is popularising Supercali… well, you know. It is a lot easier to say than it is to spell, trust us. IN THE CHARTS Julie Andrews would, of…

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your shout

Tool gifted I was looking through my “miscallaneous” tool box the other day when I found this. It was a free gift with Practical Motorist magazine. On the back is stamped IPC 1974 – I had my first car at the time, a 1966 HA Viva that didn’t last that much longer due to tin worm. Could this be the last PM spanner surviving? J Morgan, Whitchurch THE BARD GILLAM Theo J Gillam’s ‘If this year was an oil change...’ piece (PC, February 2021). What a lovely bit of writing and what a great insight into the soul-sapping spirit of ‘simple’ jobs. It’s always such a joy to read that spanner wielding failures don’t just happen to me. I say the article should be engraved in brass and mounted on the garage wall of…

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your crossword

Clues Across 5 Maker of the Blenheim (7) 7 Skoda coupé from the Eighties (5) 8 The name behind the Atom sports car (5) 9 __cars, vehicles such as the BMW Isetta (6) 10 These Lamborghinis were unveiled (in chassis form) at the 1965 Turin Motorshow (6) 11 __spoiler, an electrically- adjustable feature of the Volkswagen Corrado (4) 13 Iconic Mini-based buggy (4) 14 Japanese firm that helped to develop Toyota’s 2000GT (6) 16 Chrysler __, company created by the Simca and Rootes merger (6) 17 Ferrari and Fiat sports cars (5) 18 An Austin hatchback that went underground? (5) 19 The Hillman Imp factory in Linwood was near this major Scottish city (7) Clues Down 1 Unsuccessful Alfa models from the Eighties (5) 2 Makers of the Camargue (5-5) 3 Isleros, Silhouettes, etc (12) 4 They gave us the Husky (7) 6 Rear-hinged features of early Citroën…

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‘i own the only british leyland metroplus in existence’

First thing’s first, what is a MetroPlus? ‘This is a prototype built by British Leyland Motorsport when the Metro was launched. The car got an enhancement package including numerous styling additions and performance modifications applied to a standard Metro. There were fancy alloy wheels and a body kit including spoilers, extended wheel arches and unique stripes. Inside, you got bucket seats, a sporty steering wheel and a leather gear knob. Under the bonnet, the MetroPlus had a Weber carburettor, alloy PlusParts rocker cover and a freeflow exhaust, among other things. Very Eighties!’ Did BL build many examples? ‘No, you’re looking at the only British Leyland MetroPlus – almost completely unchanged since it was converted for rally use in 1981. It started life as a pre-production Metro HLS, chassis number is 00185, built in…