Practical Classics December 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

New project for a new year. Let’s hope 2021 gives us back our shows and our mojo as well. I suppose we are lucky with our passion because self isolation is actually part of it, whether restoring or driving (on your own that is). But I am really feeling it now. A couple of high points. I’ve done loads of work on my projects, the Bicester Gathering was great, as was the Leyland Show at Gaydon, but the postponement of Beaulieu, Goodwood and now the NEC have left huge holes. Shows are the front window of our hobby and, for many, the lifeblood of what we do. It’s where we meet, get inspired, make friends, socialise and show the world what we have. So let’s look forward to next year -…

1 min
november no show

You can’t have failed to notice that the 2020 Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show with Discovery has been postponed. The COVID-19 situation meant that there were too many uncertainties and variables to make the event viable. After the postponement of the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show in March and both Beaulieu Autojumbles, it has also meant that PC will not be able to hold a 40th birthday party in 2020. Editor Danny Hopkins commented: ‘We brought the magazine’s first restoration, the Pat Moss rally A40 ‘Zoey’ over from Ireland to share with our readers at live events, it can’t happen now. And we can’t even say think you, face to face. That is particularly sad in our 40th year.’ Show Director Lee Masters explained, ‘We have done everything within…

1 min
the month in 5 pictures

The Winchester MG club put on a moving motor show in the town. It allowed the club to showcase its classics while observing social distancing guidelines. A new exhibition by the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust will run from October 10 until the end of January 2021 at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon. 10-17 year-olds can now drive a Vauxhall VX4/90, Morris Minor or Austin 7 with Young Driver. Find more details about driving experiences at We have almost sold out of our new special edition: The A to Z of Amazing Engines 2. Go to to grab your copy, which features dozens of classic engines including the B-series and Chevy V8 laid bare. Our own Craig Cheetham has written a book - celebrating 40 years of the Metro. The ‘illustrated inside story…

2 min
starting handle

I’ve been writing for PC for 21 years and on the staff for 20. Over that time I have seen many changes in the classic car scene and none more important than the broadening of its demographic. It’s been subtle - there has been no sudden revolution - but the average classic car show today contains a broader mix of people and cars than it did 20 years ago. Gate keepers on the field are, today, far more likely to let a 20-year-old modern classic with a trick engine in than they were in 1999. Our world has relaxed a bit - a good thing, I say. Some might bemoan the ‘drop in standards’, the chaos of a show that might put a 2004 TVR next to a pre-war Alvis, but…

1 min
! dull but important

PETITION TIME A government petition requesting the removal of temporary restriction to city traffic, created during lockdown, has passed 10,000 signatures, meaning that parliament has to debate it. It was created by PC reader David Tarsh and calls for ‘congestion-creating temporary traffic measures to be abandoned’ and can be found at MILLENNIAL INTEREST A US survey has found that millennials and members of generation Z are more likely to want to own a classic car than their parents or grandparents. 73 per cent of those surveyed said that they enjoyed driving, while 38 per cent described themselves as ‘driving enthusiasts’.…

1 min
don hayter rip

Don Hayter, MG’s last Chief Engineer and the hugely influential designer of the MGB, passed away on Friday, October 9. He trained as a design engineer before joining the RAF at the start of the war. His time training as a bomb aimer and navigator was cut short as his services as an engineer were deemed more valuable to the war effort. A short stint at Cowley after the war was followed by a move to Aston Martin before he eventually joined MG at Abingdon, were he worked on the MGA Twin Cam and MGA Coupe. Hayter worked on EX205/1, a fastback versión of the MGA, before tackling the monocoque EX214/1, the basis of the production MGB. He saw the MGB through to production, liased with Pininfarina to create the MGB…