Practical Classics Spring 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

2 min
welcome to the workshop

Now we are well into our stride and the classic season is underway. Or not. I’m not sure I like the idea of a classic ‘season’. For me the classic season lasts all year although, I know, I am a bit of odd one. I hope you can forgive it. Driving a classic through winter is fun. As long as you prepare your bodywork diligently (and wash off the grime regularly) rust doesn’t have to be a problem. Winter use forces you to keep your car in top mechanical condition and, of course, it makes you a hero. Also, when you do decide to go to a show, your classic will be up and running and in fine fettle. On those wonderful winter days when the sun shines and the air is…

2 min
mx-5 alive

Owners of the bestselling two-seat roadster in history will celebrate the Mazda MX-5’s 30th birthday with two major national shows as well as dozens of regional events and tours across the year. The first of the big events is on April 28 with the MX-5 Owners Club Spring Rally at Elvington near York, where there’ll be displays and on-track activities during the day. The highlight of the year is expected to take place at the British Motor Museum at Gaydon on September 14-15, when the National Rally will also mark the 25th birthday of the MX-5 Owner’s Club. There are plans to invite members of the original design team who, during development in the Eighties, actively encouraged Mazda to nudge the initial Italian design influences towards more British themes. Project ‘Duo 101’,…

1 min
the month in 5 pictures

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the MX-5, the PC stand in Hall 5 at the Resto Show (March 22-24) will be home to a legend: the BBR turbo-charged MkI Le Mans. has been in for its annual service. The tech tutorial channel is now easier to navigate and includes more free content to enjoy. A Seventies Morris Series E hot rod has been dragged out of a garage in Wolverhampton. The ‘Serious E’ will be on the Morris Register stand at the PC Resto Show. Techno-Classica Essen, Germany’s original classic show is 30 in 2019. On April 10-14, the Messe hosts ‘The World Show’ to mark the anniversary. A British technology company has unveiled the first production electric classic Mini – the Swind E Classic Mini. The production run of…

1 min
starting handle

Be it washing machines or cars, we live in a throwaway society. Machines are less easy to repair than they used to be and, consequently, are often discarded when the most simple part goes wrong. Recently, there has been a move towards a ‘right to repair’. Manufacturers are being encouraged to create products that can be fixed and, therefore, have a longer life. It will reduce the environmental cost of industrial processes and it will also cut down on waste. It’s a great idea, but there is a problem. Appliances have been non-serviceable for so long that we are now in a generation unable to fix things. Teacher friends tell me that children who come into school able to use a tablet or smartphone, lack the ability to hold a pencil…

1 min
your top ten clubs revealed

We can now reveal the ten local classic car clubs that we will be visiting on our amazing trip around Britain, in partnership with Footman James Classic Insurance. The competition has attracted thousands of votes. ‘It has really captured the imagination of the classic car world,’ said Footman James boss, David Bond. ‘We’re celebrating the heroes at the heart of the movement; the people on the ground doing remarkable things to keep the classic scene thriving.’ Over 150 individual regional and local clubs were nominated and you’ve been voting in your droves to whittle the list down to our ten finalists, below. At the end of June, we’ll visit each of the top ten clubs on an epic jaunt – and, as ever, you’re invited to join us at each stop…

2 min
and the winners are…

1. EAST COAST RETROS (SUFFOLK) The group is run by Michael Carpenter and Reuben Ward and holds meetings at the Rose Pub in Shotley. ‘Attracts up to 200 pre-2000 classics!’ 2. H TOWN CLASSIC & DUB CLUB (HERTS) H-Town Classic & Dub Club is a Hitchin-based club for fans of all classics. It holds regular meetings, ‘To encourage parts swaps, share experience and advice.’ 3. LOCKS HEATH CLASSIC CAR CLUB (HAMPSHIRE) This club was formed in 2011. With over 300 members, it has raised over £13,000 for charity through a variety of annual events. 4. NORTH WEST CASUAL CLASSICS (NW ENGLAND) Formed in 1995, the NWCC group is a friendly, multi-make club. An enthusiastic committee plus over 100 members with a large number of vehicles hold many events, including an annual show. 5. PEMBROKESHIRE CLASSIC CAR CLUB A very…