Practical Classics May 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

Nice car isn’t it? ‘Bluebell’ the Standard Ten above was about to be scrapped until the classic car movement mobilised and saved it. It shone like a new pin on the Practical Classics stand at the PC Resto Show and now you can enjoy it, too, as it goes on display, giving rides at the National Motor Museum this summer. Between the Spring and Autumn Autojumbles, you can have a ride in the little car that refused to die; call it a little thank-you from us. Once again the Resto Show was a big success and we are now planning next year’s jamboree. Yes – we are thinking of ways to reduce the cost of parking and give you the best possible value at the door, but the spirit of friendliness…

2 min
pc show success

The Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show continued to grow in 2019, and we can exclusively reveal that the ‘Friendly Show’ will be back next year, one week later, on March 27-29, 2020. Show orgnaiser Lee Masters from Clarion Events told PC the reason for the move: ‘Mother’s day is the week before and Easter is two weeks later, so the weekend change was an obvious choice.’ Once again the stars of the PC show were the clubs, with brilliant stands and activities on display throughout the weekend from everyone who attended. The best of the best were celebrated at the National Car Club Awards on the Saturday night, with stand awards going to the Austin Counties Car Club and the MX-5 Owners Club. Best ‘Live Working’ at the show…

1 min
the show in 5 pictures

The PC Restorer of the Year was Paul Henley. His fantastic Datsun 240Z held off the other six superb finalists to secure the coveted Golden Spanner award. Richard Skinner’s Chitty replica drew crowds to the PC stand and his stage show went down well. Search for Caractacus Potty Rich to get in touch with him. The show saw the first appearance of editor Danny’s Interceptor in working order. It started for the first time the night before the event – that’s a happy editor. Rarest car at the show. One of them had to be this beige Panther Rio on the Panther Owner’s Club. Based on the Dolomite, it cost more than a Jaguar when new. Maddest car? This Jag. Designed by John Grocott and built by a Jaguar dealer, this MkVII-based beast was…

1 min
starting handle

A story appeared online recently concerning ‘Smart Motorways’ with variable speed limit cameras that fine anyone more than 2mph over the indicated limit. The tale proved apocryphal – cameras currently allow for error in speedometer readings – but this doesn’t mean it can’t happen. ‘Cameras don’t catch bad or drunk drivers’ Supposedly, smart motorway speed cameras ease congestion by spacing traffic out to avoid queues. Recently I followed a 50mph limit for over 30 miles of motorway one sunny afternoon because the overhead electronic signs were warning of debris. It never became apparent where or what it was. I found it a relaxed journey in an old car, but equally frustrating since other drivers didn’t see any reason to slow and lorries continued passing at 56mph. I’m firmly in favour of speed…

1 min
bluebell to beaulieu

Beaulieu has announced it will display the Standard Ten rescued from scrappage by Practical Classics and enthusiasts from Scotland. The car, named Bluebell by members of the Standard Motor Club and Caithness Classic and Vintage Motor Club, will arrive at the museum in time for the Spring ’jumble weekend on May 18-19 and stay for the summer until the International jumble September 7-8. During that period Bluebell will be on display and will also be giving rides around the museum grounds, telling its story to a new audience. PC editor Danny was clear as to the purpose of the visit: ‘Our good partners at Beaulieu have seen the value of the story. That we must always be guard against the destruction of heritage and that this car’s survival against the odds…

1 min
dull but important

PARKING BILL CELEBRATED A parking bill to prevent motorists being treated unfairly has been passed. The bill was the brainchild of East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight. The Parking (Code of Practice) Bill will help to stamp out dodgy parking operators. Sir Greg says it is proof that politicians of all parties reckon change is overdue. ‘Some operators have been engaging in practices such as deliberately unclear signage, ticketing people while they are getting change and even when their own parking payment machines are out of order. Until now the law was powerless to prevent this’. Following a ban on wheel clamping in 2012, the number of privately issued parking tickets rose to a staggering 4.7-million last year.…