Practical Classics February 2020

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

By the time you read this we will have a new government – and we might even be outside the EU. Both are fascinating prospects that could have a significant influence over our futures. Whatever happens, one thing is certain, now more than ever we need to look after the cars we love and our right to use them. The winds of change blow swiftly. Cars are increasingly seen as enemies of the planet. We might be in for a fight. Or not. If we can continue to win the argument about the value of classic vehicles, not simply in financial terms to UK plc but also to our social fabric, then I think the politicians, of whatever persuasion, can be convinced. Classic cars are a green hobby, the ultimate form of…

2 min
sterling comes home at last

Practical Classics marked the 20th year since the end of Rover 800 production with a historic visit to the car’s birthplace. Deputy Editor James Walshe completed an epic road trip in this American-spec 800 – a 1988 Sterling 825SL – that saw the car drive coast-to-coast across the United States to New York and onwards to the former Rover plant at Cowley. It’s the first time that a Sterling has made it back to the plant. All 317,306 Rover 800 models sold – including the US-bound Sterlings - were built in the now demolished Q Building, which is where current Chair of the Rover 800 Club, Tanya Field, worked as an apprentice. She was on site recently to greet James and his friend Tim Wade Jr – one of the American…

1 min
the month in 5 pictures

Tickets are on sale for the 2020 Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, with Discovery. Pre-book your tickets at An exhibition celebrating the centenary of Alvis has been opened in The Netherlands. It will run at the Louwman Museum in The Hague until February 2. The Lakeland Motor Museum is celebrating 130 years of Michelin with an exhibition. Items include Michelin Men tyre inflators (pictured) dating from the Thirties. Jaguar has announced that immediate plans to produce an electric E-type have been paused. It may still appear at some point in the future. National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, is offering children the chance to see what it was like to be an apprentice mechanic at the dawn of motoring. See…

2 min
starting handle

Getting your kids involved in cars can be a challenge. There are so many other calls on them. From social media to gaming to other screen-based activities and, of course, a sports centre full of opportunity. It’s all out there, available for kids to enjoy and explore. Which means that the ‘call of the shed’ is not as attractive as it was when it was the portal through which freedom (a car) and status (a cool car) could be accessed. So how can we develop the petrolheads of tomorrow? Obviously, the best way is to get them behind the wheel. The first vehicle I ever drove was my uncle’s miniature tractor. It was great fun for 12-year-old me and I soon progressed getting my hands on a wider variety of steering…

1 min
this month we love...

Trolley Jack and Accessories Bag £119.94 We love products that have really been thought out. This jacking set (part no: 1020LEHVBAG COMBO) is ideal either as a starter set for your garage or for taking in your classic on longer trips. We took it away on our big winter adventure (p66) and it managed to be both compact enough to be easily slung in the boot of Matt George’s Peugeot, but also heavy duty enough to be properly useful. It’s nicely packaged in the canvas carry bag, while the two-tonne jack is low-profile enough to fit under most classics. Alongside the low entry jack there’s a pair of folding axle stands, a pair of plastic chocks and an extendable L-bar with a pair of double ended sockets for your wheel nuts.…

1 min
your time to choose

It’s almost time again for the only election that really counts. We’ve featured some superb restorations in Practical Classics over the past year, and soon it will be your chance to tell us which one you think is the best of the bunch. The Practical Classics Restorer of the Year, with Lancaster Insurance, celebrates those owners who bring their classics back from the dead. Our shed geniuses battle with adversity to return vehicles to stunning order. Each has been a true inspiration. But only one can get the ultimate accolade and be revealed as the winner of the coveted Golden Spanner award. So, next issue it’s over to you. Once your votes are counted we, with our partners at Lancaster Insurance, will show the top six cars at the forthcoming 2019…