Practical Classics June 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

In mid-2010, Nick Clegg and David Cameron were in the garden at Number 10 enjoying their coalition, England were having an appalling World Cup and Neil Campbell, Matt Jones and Fuzz Townshend, were still manning the typewriters at PC Towers. I was just settling in as editor, too; making mistakes, trying to force changes and attempting to look like I knew what I was doing. It was exciting and scary, because PC is a big ship to captain and I wanted to keep it off the rocks. I kept myself sane by attempting to get the cars in the mag right, and by enjoying my new purchase – a VERY shoddy Jensen Interceptor. It was a car that I had always fantasised about. From the days when it would form the…

2 min
drive it every day?

Drive it Day, the Federation of Historic British Vehicle Club’s sponsored day on which classic owners are encouraged to go out and use their cars, was, in its 15th year, really well-supported. Dozens of ‘drive in’ events were packed with cars proving, once again, the popularity of the classic hobby in the UK. The success of Drive it Day comes at a time when classic car use in general is under some scrutiny. FBHVC Legislation & Fuels Officer, Bob Owen, confirmed in the latest FBHVC News that daily use might compromise a classic car’s historic credentials. He said: ‘The Federation cannot really support the use of vehicles claiming to be historic, if they are in fact in daily use as transportation.’ This comes as a response to the FBHVC’s work with government,…

1 min
the month in 5 pictures

The Wolseley Owners’ Club were out at the Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum in Hampshire, one of the 10 finalists in PC’s Classic Cafe competition in 2017. Bicester’s Super Scramble was well attended once again with Hagerty providing instructions for the driving route for the day. Gavin Bushby took this pic. Our own John Simpson’s Drive it Day adventure took him, his Magnette and the Boston Classic Car Club to the Batemans Brewery Visitor’s Centre near Skegness. Reader Alan Duncan took part in the Kirkintilloch Club on Drive It Day road run, enjoying better scenery and clearer roads than many of his English counterparts. At Cowley, Minis and Maxis celebrated their anniversaries. Line up included Bron Burrell and ‘Puff’ the rallying maxi celebrating its 50th birthday.…

1 min
starting handle

‘Firstly, we must decide what defines daily use’ As classic owners, particularly if our car is over 40, we enjoy benefits. Free tax, cheap insurance, MoT exemption and now, potentially, exemption from low emissions zone charges. All this has come about thanks to the work of the Federation of Historic British Vehicle Clubs and classic-friendly MPs. But, after Bob Owen’s comment in FBHVC News (see p6), this privileged existence might come with caveats – particularly in the future. Negotiations for ULEZ exemption have seemingly been conducted on the basis that ‘Historic’ cars are neither used ‘as transport’ or ‘daily’ – which leaves many of the readers of this title in a difficult position and brings into question the title of the magazine itself. I foresaw this issue several years ago when…

1 min
‘mod’ your way to ulez exemption

With the Ultra Low Emissions Zone threatening to push modern classics out of the capital, PC has learned that it may be possible to modify such cars so that they gain exemption from the charge. To be exempt, petrol cars must meet Euro 4 emissions standards and diesel cars must meet Euro 6 standards. PC sister title Classic Car Weekly revealed that cars fitted with the K-Series engine were among the most easily modified, stating that ‘Pre-2001 K-Series engines may require updating to later spec to reach ULEZ standards’ and that a Rover Metro, for instance, could be made to meet the standards for ‘as little as £100’. Good in theory, but information on how to declare the modified vehicle exempt was, and still is, tricky to come by. Transport for…

1 min
this month we love...

Sealey Cordless Angle Grinder £235.14 Although this hasn’t been in the PC workshop for very long, it’s quickly become our most-used tool. Taking just one hour to fully charge, it’s never out of service for long and is incredibly handy when something needs a quick cut or linish. It’s compact, too – so fits into spaces some 240v grinders cannot and is light enough to use comfortably in most positions. Powered by a 20v Lithium-ion battery, it features spindle lock for quick disc changes and an adjustable disc guard. A really useful bit of kit that we now wouldn’t be without.…