Practical Classics July 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 beaulieu

New cars are nearly all black, grey or white – officially. A survey of new cars has the numbers down in black and white (the irony). What a boring bunch we’ve become. All the choice in the world (we can even personalise most of our new cars) and yet we decide to play it cool. It just adds extra lead to my classic pencil. Our era was one of bright colours where motoring was seen as an adventure, the key to freedom and a brighter future, something to celebrate. It still is to me. That is why I try to make sure Practical Classics is fun. Without the fun, what are we doing it for? OK, there is the history we are trying to preserve, but one of the most intoxicating parts…

2 min
a muscle car is born

It’s 50 years since the first Ford Capri emerged from this plastic resin buck, known as Project Colt. The Ford of Britain team was busy perfecting the design in 1966 for a car that was to captivate the UK car buyer and inject some muscle-car glamour into the Ford range. Fans of the Mustang-inspired coupe have been enjoying a colourful start to this landmark year with many more events to come. Gaydon’s National Motor Museum will thrum to the sound of the Essex and Kent on July 20-21 for the ‘50 Years of Capri Celebrations’ hosted by the Capri Mk1 Register ( Among the other nods to five decades of Ford’s iconic coupe, Lincolnshire Aviation Centre ( is inviting Capri owners to a photoshoot with a Lancaster Bomber on August 17,…

1 min
the month in 5 pictures

A barn find 1985 Audi Quattro Turbo has just been sold for £12,000 by Nutley Sports. It has been parked up for the past 18 years and will be carefully restored. The most common colour for new cars so far in 2019 is black, white and grey. However, more orange, yellow and brown cars were sold in Wales than anywhere else. The Torbay Old Wheels Club in Devon hand over a cheque for £6250 to local charities after a year of fund raising. Their next car show will take place on July 28. A 114-mile MGB GT is up for sale at £24,750. Dealer WH Brand in Lincolnshire says the car was delivered new to its one and only keeper in 1980 and dry stored. Vauxhall has vacated Griffin House in Luton after more…

1 min
starting handle

Classic shows are in trouble. Lack of volunteers is the biggest problem, but the age of most organizing committees is also an issue. The most recent casualty was in Scotland, and the official announcement says it all: ‘It is with deep regret that, after 27 years, the Selkirk Rally Committee announce that the 2019 Selkirk Rally will be the last Selkirk Rally. The majority of the committee wish to retire at the end of this year and despite attempts to recruit new committee members to continue the rally, this has proved to be an impossible task.’ It’s tragic for local enthusiasts, but it is not an isolated case. ‘A lack of volunteers is the biggest problem’ We are hearing of other events that are under threat or not happening through lack of…

2 min
start your engines!

The Practical Classics team hits the road this month and you are invited along for the ride. Each stage of the official route has been revealed for the tour of Britain’s top ten classic car clubs between June 24 and July 5. With colleagues from Footman James, the gang will embark on a 2000-mile run around England and Wales to discover the best local club of the lot. After an evening spending time with the Pembrokeshire Classic Car Club, the team will meet at midday on June 25 for the first main stage – at the southern end of the A4069 Black Mountain Road. ‘This first section of the route is a real cracker,’ said editor Danny Hopkins, ‘taking us over the Brecon Beacons and finishing with members of the South Wales…

1 min
my month in 5 pictures

Citromobile near Amsterdam was a highlight but in the end, I fell in love with this beautiful Panhard 24. I drove this 1995 Canta microcar. Apparently it can be used on cycle paths. Probably the best place for it. Citroën ‘CX-pert’ Stan Platts hosted a technical weekend, giving owners a great insight into their cars. The Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals in the USA featured this 2-door Renault 9-based ‘Alliance’. I took my S80 to the brilliant Swedish Day, where hundreds of models built by Saab and Volvo gathered.…