Practical Classics Spring Issue 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 workshop

New cars have, traditionally, been launched at one of the major motor shows. But the Coronavirus-led cancellation, at extremely short notice, of the 90th Geneva Motor Show, could signal the start of a new era. It’s an obvious irony that, these days, you make as much impact with a clever viral video as you do with a big multi-million euro launch. The manufacturers unveiled their latest products online as soon as the Geneva was cancelled – with ease (before calling event cancellation insurers). New car shows have shrunk in number and visitor volume over the last twenty years. The appetite for them has diminished and we are now left with a small number of business-led events, the public footfall to which is a fraction of what it used to be. Is…

1 min
geneva is history

Questions are being asked about the future of large-scale international motor shows this year, after a self-imposed ban on gatherings of more than 1000 people issued by the Swiss resulted in the cancellation of this year’s Geneva Motor Show. The unprecedented dismantling of hundreds of event stands was ordered just three days before the event was due to open, with risks associated with the outbreak of COVID-19 virus being blamed. Geneva has hosted almost all of the most significant vehicle launches in automotive history. From the steam-powered and electric horse and cart replacements of the early 20th century and the first mainstream petrol-powered cars, to icons such as the 1961 Jaguar E-type, 1966 Lamborghini Miura and 1970 Range Rover, visitors to Geneva have always been the first to see them. The first…

1 min
geneva in 5 pictures

Although officially unveiled in London the previous year, sales of the Triumph Mayflower didn’t begin until later in 1950, when it had its European debut at Geneva. Norman Dewis famously drove one of the two E-type show cars to Geneva in 1961, whereupon Enzo Ferrari declared it to be ‘the most beautiful car ever made’. Lamborghini’s showstopping prototype P400 Miura debuted at the 1966 event, with Gandini’s masterpiece receiving a rapturous response from visitors. Beaten to the European Car of the Year award in 1970 by the GS, Citroën’s SM nevertheless stunned visitors – a result of its then-recent purchase of Maserati. Audi’s game-changing new Quattro got the hottest of receptions when it debuted at the 1980 show – the last to be held before moving to Geneva’s Palexpo centre.…

1 min
pc classic world stage highlights

CARS IN ACTION! At 11.45am and 12.45pm and then at 2.15pm and 3.45pm each morning and afternoon. Be there before the start to take your seat, slap bang in the middle of the action. FUZZ TOWNSHEND Every day at 2.45pm Fuzz, will be live talking about Car SOS , his own classics and how he got to be part of such a successful restoration setup. ANT ANSTEAD AND JIMMY DE VILLE Ant and Jimmy will be live on stage at 12.15pm and 4.15pm respectively. JOIN THE DEBATE At 1.15pm and 3.15pm each day we will discuss the classic issues that matter to all of us.…

2 min
the friendly classic show

With brand new features, more cars than ever and everything you have come to know and love about what we do, the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show is ready to go for 2020. The Carole Nash ‘Barn Finds’ display will once again be groaning under the weight of its own decay with some real gems in the offing including a 1948 Austin 16 stored in a lock-up garage for a quarter of a century, a 1966 Mini Cooper S modified by Stewart and Ardern that hasn’t seen daylight since 2004. An anniversary car, a pre-production prototype Metro Plus will also be on display in the biggest collection of rusty relics under any show roof. Once again the Restoration Theatre (Hall 4) will be hosted by Michael Coman from restoration specialists…

1 min
the pc resto show in 4 pictures...

Make sure you visit the FBHVC stand, where the ‘Skill Zone’ will enable visitors to get their hands dirty and gain some real world skills and experience. Our freshly resprayed VW Type 2 van project (see p102) will be unveiled on the Lancaster Insurance stand. It will be reassembled over the course of the show. Serial restorer Gerry Lloyd’s Rover 75 convertible will break cover on the PC stand in Hall 5. It’s the first time this car will have been seen at a show since completion. TV’s Jimmy de Ville will reveal his Land Rover Series 3 project (see p94) in the ‘work in progress’ corner of Practical Classics Classic World.…