Practical Classics May 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 pc party

Forty years is a long time – and how things have changed since 1980! A Morris Minor Owners’ Club rally might look much as it did four decades ago, but old car owners have to contend with a far more complex world today than they did back then. In fact cars are about to change more dramatically than at any time since the early 1900s, with PC’s 40th year finally seeing a wide acceptance of what has been a scientific reality since the Fifties – that the internal combustion engine we all love is a significant contributor to the warming of the earth’s atmosphere and oceans. But we old car owners have a strong defence: our cars have long repaid their manufacturing carbon debts, and the continued use of a car…

2 min
the party…

There’s no doubt that founder Paul Skilleter could not have foreseen the huge popularity of Practical Classics when he pushed the first issue down the slipway in 1980. There’s also no doubt he would not have foreseen the international crisis that swept the planet only a few days after this birthday photo was taken. The gathering was full of humour, nostalgia and a shared sense of being part of something – the PC family. Five former editors, the three cover cars from the first issue met with writers, designers, office managers and advertising and marketing teams from the past four decades. We hope as you sit and read this that your enforced ‘you time’ is improved by what we have come up with in this very special issue.…

2 min
starting handle

By anyone’s measure, we live in truly extraordinary times. But as the world goes into lockdown and our lives are put on hold I am more thankful than ever for what I have, what we have. A passion for older cars and an interest in fixing them. When he founded Practical Classics in 1980, Paul Skilleter had no idea the impact the magazine would have. He did know, however, that there were plenty of people like him out there. There still are. But here’s a heartfelt plea from me. When this nightmare is over, and it will pass, and we are all back out there and enjoying our classics again, let’s make sure we still have that army of specialists to keep us going. How do we ensure that happens? Don’t…

2 min
pc resto show postponed

After being taken out of the NEC calendar due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, with Discovery, has been postponed to August 7-9 at NEC Birmingham. Tickets already purchased will still be valid for the rescheduled dates. All exhibitor and trader stand bookings will be automatically transferred to the new date in the identical hall configuration. All car club stand bookings will be automatically transferred to the new dates, too. The Restorer of the Year final will also take place on the new dates. Over the weekend of March 27-29, when the show was originally to have taken place, Practical Classics put on its very own virtual classic car event, The Lockdown Resto Show, with many of the clubs that would have been attending that weekend…

1 min
yale wifi outdoor all-in-one camera

£104.99 Having installed one of these outside the PC workshop, we really do love it. Security of our classics is always a concern, so having the ability to monitor them live from the comfort of our homes is useful. It means that we’re alerted to any movement on the yard via the camera’s motion detection alerts and allows us to monitor the situation live before attending. The camera also allows you to light up, talk and listen to anyone poking around,so acts as a deterrent as well as having the ability to record activity with the addition of an SD card, should the need to provide evidence to the police arise.…

1 min
pc team at home in 4 pictures

Danny: I’m lucky to have enough space to work and some toys at home to work on. I’ll be sorting RMA brakes and Jensen carbs over the next few weeks. Matt T: I moved my Minor home before the lockdown, so I’ll be aiming to have it road-ready for when travel restrictions are lifted. James: With one of my two CXs tucked away in the garage, the recent sunny weather at last gave me the chance to fix the leaking roof on my Smart Roadster. Matt G: I’ve used the enforced time at home to finally plumb in my TR6’s heater matrix properly. It’s been over a year, but we now have heat in the cabin!…