Practical Classics March 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 scotland

‘So, that’s it then. It’s not financially viable.’ That’s what someone recently told me after a major fault was diagnosed on one of my cars. The cost to repair it would be more than the car was worth… so it was time to bin it. Right? I was dumbstruck, almost offended even, by the notion. I also felt a bit exposed, so I decided to do my own survey about the situation among my ‘normal’ family and friends. Should I or shouldn’t I? Ninety percent of people I talked to thought I would be absolutely mental to conduct the repairs. I repeated the survey with car friends… the result was ninety per cent the other way. Pretty clear. We all seem to share something rather, err, special don’t we. Take Deputy Editor…

2 min
longbridge has its last blast

Fifteen years after production of the Rover 75 ended at Longbridge, the bulldozers have finally moved in. Demolition has commenced on Car Assembly Building (CAB 2) to make way for housing, shops, a technology park and a college, with plans to repurpose part of CAB 1 and other historic buiildings such as the iconic Elephant House. With what was once Europe’s biggest car plant being cleared, one man’s own Rover production line keeps the Longbridge flame alive. Engineer, Gerry Lloyd, has revealed the latest in a series of Rover 75 based builds – the ‘75C’ – exclusively to Practical Classics. Following the success of his home-made 75 Coupé (PC, Spring 2018), the retired architect used a 2003 75 V6 as a donor car and adapted the roof of a crash-damaged 2011…

1 min
the month in 5 pictures

To mark 40 years of Practical Classics, we’ve tracked down the Frogeye given away in a competition in our very first issue. It’ll be at our special birthday party display at the Beaulieu Spring Autojumble on May 16-17. Unipart will be phased out as a brand after 44 years. Originally part of British Leyland in 1969, from 1975 it entered the retail market. Unipart garages are to be rebranded Bosch Car Care. The 25th anniversary Le Jog followed the original route and, as ever, there were no outright winners, as HERO said: ‘Everyone who finished was a winner.’ 2020 is the 50th anniversary of the Triumph Stag and the Stag Owners Club’s National Day will be at the Silverstone Classic on August 2. Drive it Day 2020 will be on April 26. As…

2 min
starting handle

As a reader of this magazine, you no doubt shared my delight as the lads on Top Gear recently chose three interesting old cars for use in navigating the Himalayas. It’s also likely you’ll have winced as the Renault 4 and Peugeot 106 Rallye were kicked around, crashed into and (in the case of the R4) inexplicably abandoned beside the road due to an unspecified issue. Both at the top of their respective trees, Top Gear and The Grand Tour deliver jaw-dropping visuals and well-crafted humour. However, watching as one of the presenters destroys a classic is like being at your favourite pub and watching as the barman spits in your drink. Personally, I’m not a big fan of Allegros, but what Richard Hammond did to that Allegro Estate on The…

1 min
car park and play

If you want to visit by car, be sure to take advantage of our new partnership with NCP Car Parks that will provide an additional, cost-effective, parking option close to the venue. Visitors can park in the airport NCP Car Park 5, between 8am and 7.30pm, for just £9 when booking in advance. Please note: these times are very strict – any early arrival or overstay will be charged at the full day rate of £38 – so please ensure your stay is within these times. To book, visit the NCP website. From the Car Park, take the courtesy bus or make the short walk to the terminal to connect to the free monorail service that runs every two minutes to the railway station complex. From there, an internal walkway leads…

2 min
pc plans for an air-cooled adventure

August 3, 2020 marks the 70th anniversary of the start of production of VW’s Type 2 ‘bus’ and to celebrate, Practical Classics is teaming up with our friends at Lancaster Insurance to create a very special series of events, starting with the purchase and revival of a project bus. Once we have bought our project, we’ll start work in the PC workshop and bring in our partners at Just Kampers, who will help with parts and expertise we need to return our van to health. We will showcase the resto and launch the bus at the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show. We must have it on the road ready for summer because we want to meet you at the beach as we drive our camper round the coast. Whatever classic…