Practical Classics May 2021

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’m sure these overalls used to be looser…’Matt ‘Lockdown’ Tomkins‘This cracking little Polo is mint! No holes, though.’Danny ‘Minty’ Hopkins‘Look! It’s not a Citroën! See? I do like other cars!’James ‘Francophile’ Walshe Best thing about this job? I learn something new every single day. Last issue, for instance, I learned that conducting a distanced interview, and trusting duff info from the internet can land you in all sorts of trouble. That’s my excuse, and this is my humble apology to Clive the restorer and all of you who pointed out my error in the Lancia feature. The Lancia V4 never made it into the Beta, that was home to the Fiat-derived straight-four. Probably the biggest single error I have ever made in print – guess who’ll been making all the tea…

2 min
and the winner is…

All you need to know about everything important The normal rules did not apply. After the postponement of the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show to 18-20 March 2022, the 2021 Restorer of the Year Competition had to be judged in time for the online version of the show on March 27, 2021. So a team from the magazine got to work, consulted with experts in the industry, and judged each of the superb restoration stories that had been in the magazine between the May 2020 and May 2021 issues. The judges then came up with an overall winner of the coveted Golden Spanner. By unanimous verdict, Andy Kenning was judged the winner for his extraordinary 1956 MGA restoration. He received his award from PC editor Danny Hopkins as part of the…

1 min
pc awards in 5 pics

1 min
starting handle

Once again, with the introduction of E10 fuel to UK pumps this summer, the internet has been buzzing with scaremongering about what this ‘new’ fuel will do to our classics. ‘My carburettor jet started leaking where it meets the float chamber – must be ethanol’, ‘My 40 year-old fuel lines are brittle – modern death fuel’ and so on – even before the maximum permissable percentage of ethanol is raised from five to 10 per cent. If you believe all the stories circulating, this is a scary time for classic owners, but it needn’t be. While at university, I carried out my dissertation research project on the effect of ethanol-based fuel on SU carburettor components, and found no significant effect of ethanol on degradation of new components. However, circumstantial ‘evidence’ of…

1 min
quiksteel and plastikrepair £6.73 each Whether it’s to be packed in a tool roll or kept handy in the workshop, these useful tubes are must-haves to get you out of trouble. Simply cut what you need, roll in your fingers to mix the two parts and mould into the item to be repaired. Promising to be impervious to oil, fuel and even battery acid, it sets steel hard within just 15-30 minutes. Ideal for repairing cracked sumps, castings or, in the base of PlastikRepair, dashboard components and more. QuikSteel can be filed, ground, drilled and threaded, just like steel, and will remain malleable for up to three years after opening, if it is kept properly packed.…

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griffin greats… gone

On March 24, the last car from Vauxhall Heritage, the 1968 Viva GT, left Luton for its trip to Ellesmere Port where the ‘Griffin Greats’ are currently being stored. The Internationally important, one marque collection includes vehicles from the birth of motoring, supercars, the world’s first sports car, concept vehicles and family favourites. Over the years Vauxhall Heritage, formally based in the grounds of Griffin House, Vauxhalls former UK HQ, has been a focal point for clubs, journalists and specialists alike. The unit, sited next to the factory where most of the collection was built, is to be demolished to make way for housing, leaving the collection without a home for the first time in 30 years. The honour of driving the last heritage car out of town fell to Practical…