Practical Classics September 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

2 min
welcome to the workshop

I am pleased that sense has prevailed in Brighton and that Madeira Drive has been saved for the car events that have made it famous. I am in no doubt that human activity has caused a lot of what is known as the climate crisis, and that we need to change our daily habits to counteract it. But banning car events, stopping well-meaning enthusiasts from enjoying their passion, will not help that aspiration in any way. In fact it may well have a detrimental effect. Because if you act like a zealot and behave perniciously, then the people you need to support you when the ballot box appears will walk away. It’s a foolish policy to mess with peoples’ harmless passions. There’s also a more important point. The climate crisis won’t…

2 min
shows approved and season back on track

EXCLUSIVE The classic car industry is gearing up for a new season of events, with organisers of this year’s Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, leading the charge. Following the government’s announcement that indoor conferences and exhibitions will be permitted in England from October 1, organisers, clubs and businesses have been working hard to find ways to reinvigorate the classic car show calendar. The NEC show on November 13-15 is expected to be the first major event to be held, although this will depend on health data much closer to the time. By contrast, the Coronavirus pandemic continues to decimate international motor shows and, following the cancellation of Geneva 2021 due to lack of support from car makers, there are doubts it’ll ever return. As suggested by Practical Classics (June 2020), the…

1 min
the month in 5 pictures

Transport Museum Wythall is reopening on August 8, 2020. Bookings can be made online via the museum website at Emily, aged 8, from Twickenham has named the Lancaster/PC VW Type 2 camper van project ‘Bluebell’. The runner up was Amy, age 11, from Cambridgeshire. Enthusiasts are to crowd fund the restoration of a CityRover to raise funds for mental health charity CALM. Paypal to help. ‘Old’s Cool’, the Lymington automobilia shop that closed in 2019, has relocated to Emsworth. The shop will open on selected days or by appointment. Reader James Broad has been putting his classic car engineering skills to good use – as part of the ground crew for the NHS Spitfire based at Duxford.…

1 min
starting handle

Not a day goes by when I don’t feel lucky to have my health and a job, but I’m sure I speak for many when I suggest that lockdown weekends were a bit boring. Having run out of things to do on the car and in the house, I was online far more than usual. While mostly successful at dodging squabbles on Facebook and the incoherent ramblings of human-tumbleweed Trump, I found myself immersed in a torrent of car-related content – from classic-specific websites and podcasts to YouTube channels and social media groups and accounts. Some of it is superb – the quality podcasts in particular, many of which are produced and presented by younger enthusiasts who work hard to create engaging content. The same can’t be said for many of…

2 min
the importance of being classic

A classic car has become a beacon of comfort and shared experience at a care home in Rutland. The Morris Traveller has been placed in the new home’s courtyard in the hope that it will inspire both inter generational conversations between residents and their grandchildren, and act as a reminiscence tool for those living with dementia. Robert Myers, part of the home’s leadership team, told PC: ‘We want the sensory experience of the smell, look and feel of the car to evoke happy memories and enable us to gain greater insight into the past lives of our residents in our specialist dementia service. A classic car is a time capsule of sensory triggers, which are even more important if you or a family member are living with dementia.’ The Morris is the…

1 min
metaflux weld copper spray £8.95 This copper spray is ideal for spot welding, offering dual corrosion protection through both it’s high copper content and a resin layer. It’s abrasion resistant and bonds with any metal. The coating is temperature resistant up to 800°C and is designed to melt around a new weld to instantly protect it from corrosion. PC contributor James Jefferson has been using this on his latest project, a Datsun 240Z, and says: ‘When you come to weld, it’s worth the extra step. It welds just like welding bare metal, but with the protection of a coating.’ Part no: 70-49.…