Practical Classics March 2019

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.

United Kingdom
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min
welcome to the workshop

Practical Classics can trace its ancestry back in two directions. It has a foot in the Popular Motorist bloodline and in its own name, PC has grown out of the grand tradition of self-sufficiency with older cars. It’s always been a home mechanics’ project bible – it’s a Practical Motorist for people with a love of older cars. All well and good. Your classic car project (projects?) is what it is all about, and we make sure every issue is stacked with underbonnet advice and experience. Just like our magazine forefathers though, we also focus hard on buying and selling. ‘Motoring on a tight budget’ is what it used to be called, today we refer to it as ‘Bangernomics’. So this special buying issue is part of a long-standing tradition: clever classic…

1 min
magical mini is 60

Six decades after the Mini was launched, 2019 is set to be a bumper year for Mini events. From the giant Mini Fair in Staffordshire this month to the London to Brighton Mini run in August, dozens of events are taking place to honour the Issigonis icon. On August 3, around 600 Minis will come together at the British Motor Museum to spell ‘Mini 60’. On the very next day, one of the biggest events of the year will be held on site, featuring all of the many clubs and registers. That’s a week after a Guinness record attempt at Gaydon to gather the longest single line of Minis ever seen. Elsewhere, the British Mini Club is expecting a huge turnout at Himley Hall on May 12 for British Mini Day…

1 min
nyd 2019 in 5 pictures

Matt Tomkins The Brooklands New Year’s Day meet was simply huge and the variety of cars in attendance was incredible. A fantastic start to the year! Matt George has been making progress on his TR6 project – it is currently being stripped for paint, but he plans to be out in it on New Year’s Day 2020! Theo Gillam was sitting outside eating bangers ‘n’ mash amongst Bugattis and Bentleys. It can only be the VSCC meeting at the Stag Inn, Balls Cross. Danny Hopkins went to Vintage Stony at Stony Stratford. The town was rammed with classics and Danny picked a Thirties Alfa as the car of the show. James Walshe The morning after the night before: Driving home from the big London celebrations in the Dyane during the early hours on totally…

2 min
starting handle

I spend much of my year sniffing out beautifully-restored cars. Sadly, not for myself (I wish!) but for you, dear reader. Hours spent nattering to car enthusiasts about their cherished motors and poking into their lives to determine who did what and when. The desired result is a deliciously grimy tale of blood, sweat and bumps to the head. Restorers generally fall into two categories. There’s ‘The Boaster’. Thankfully in the minority, they’ll expertly bluster about how they’ve partaken in a wreck-to-riches effort, doubling the car’s market value. Further investigation reveals they have done little or no work themselves, farming the entire project out. Nothing wrong with that at all – but you can’t boast about restoring a car yourself when the most strenuous thing that you did was pick up…

2 min
restorer of the year 2019

The Practical Classics Restorer of the Year contest is back for 2019 and it’s set to be the biggest and most fiercely fought competition ever seen. Readers will be asked to vote for their favourite among the dozens of restorations featured in Practical Classics during 2018, which will then be whittled down to the top six. You’ll be able to view all of the available choices next month, in the April 2018 issue of PC. The six finalists will be on display at the PC Restoration Show at the NEC on March 22-24, where the winner will received the coveted Golden Spanner. Editor Danny Hopkins says this year’s line-up is the most spectacular yet. ‘From chromey classic coupés to Eighties family cars, the diverse range of restorations shows the variety of…

1 min
important but dull show stuff

SPECIAL OFFER Visitors to the PC Restoration Show are being offered ways to cut down the cost of attending. Well, good news for YOU! PC readers can save up to 15 percent on tickets by booking them in advance. To take advantage, quote PCRS19PC1 when you book online at . PAY IN ADVANCE Pre-paid parking at the NEC costs £12 per day (you can benefit from this until 23.59 on March 21) and therefore avoid the pesky payment queues on the day. Otherwise, you’ll be charged the standard rate of £16 to park. You can do this by going online to TAKE THE TRAIN To avoid parking charges and queues altogether, do what many others do – and that’s dump the car at a train station one or more stops away from the…