Practical Classics December 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

No strangers to road trips here. We love ’em. But the drive around the coast in our restored VW camper was special. Special because we were raising money for Prostate Cancer UK with our partners Lancaster Insurance and special because you came out in such numbers to come say hello. Every day, when I turned up at a beach, I was blown away by the reception despite having driven for an average of five hours at a ‘relaxed’ pace. Thank you once again and I hope you enjoy the big adventure (see p22)… and tell your friends to come along to the NEC for the big Silverstone auction. We need as many bidders as possible to bid as much as possible, so we can send PCUK an absolute whopper of a…

2 min
big show returns!

All you need to v know about everything important Autumn 2021 sees the return of the biggest classic car show of them all – the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery. Two years after the last major motoring event at the Birmingham venue (the 2020 show was cancelled due to COVID-19), thousands of visitors are expected at the NEC on November 12-14. In halls filled with inventive club displays, stands featuring traders and dealers, a restoration theatre and a huge Silverstone Auctions sale, the Practical Classics team will make its return to the live stage where editor Danny will be building a Morris Marina Coupé from scratch. He’ll be helped by members of the Morris Marina Owners Club as part of the model’s 50th birthday celebrations, with plans to fire up…

1 min
pc back better than ever at the nec!

The PC team will be on hand during the weekend to discuss the magazine, your projects and anything else. Like you, we’ve been missing the NEC, so we can’t wait. Come and see us! Danny and the Morris Marina Owners Club will mark 50 years of BL’s family saloon by rebuilding this Coupé on stage. Thought to be the second earliest example, Danny aims to start it up for the first time on the Sunday. Another PC project makes its debut at the show in the form of the rolling chassis of our Reliant Rebel van, to be displayed on the Reliant Owners Club stand ahead of its resto to raise funds for the NHS. In this year of 007’s return to the big screen, we’ll pay tribute on our stand with Fabian…

2 min
starting handle

If something sounds like it is too good to be true, then it probably is. I have always been a bit old fashioned when it comes to big claims. Show me the science, show me the evidence, show me it is independently verified and show me testimony that is accountable and transparent. This is why we’ve never been close friends with companies that can’t provide what we are looking for. Hard, independently tested, evidence. Remember when we went over to unleaded petrol? The FBHVC ran a test with a bank of A-Series engines running at 3000rpm for days on end with a different additive in each tank. This was done to clearly establish which additives provided real protection from valve seat recession. The results still tell me which gloop I choose…

7 min
classic world

THIS MONTH WE LOVE... TRIED AND TRUSTED Simple, but the best pieces of equipment usually are. Effective, too. TW2085 Oil collector and exhauster £199 inc VAT Whether you are just emptying your classic’s sump by gravity or sucking out dirty oil through an orifice, or perhaps if you need to suck fluid from a modern classic auto gearbox, this multifunctioning oil strainer and collector is a really useful bit of kit. Best used with a lift, its 70-litre tank capacity and one or two litres per minute suction capacity (depending on nozzel used) will make swift work of tasks that might usually be farmed out to a professional workshop… at great cost. With a working pressure 8-10 Bar, it is emptied with compressed air at 1-2 bar, so a compressor is required. We…

1 min
news in 5 pictures

► Transport Museum Wythall hosted a Midland Red running day at the start of October, with buses from the company’s pre-National years running all day. ► Ford’s Dagenham plant celebrates its 90th birthday this month. The factory still produces engines for the Transit, as well the joint venture with Volkswagen. ► The first of three ‘new’ 16-cylinder P15 V16 BRM racing cars, built to mark the marque’s 70th, made its on-track debut at the Goodwood Revival. ► Motoring history – the original Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost 1701 – re-enacted the 1911 London to Edinburgh trial to mark its 110th anniversary ► The first post-war ‘continuation’ Alvis has left the Kenilworth factory, destined for life in Japan. The Graber Super Coupé is a replica of the original.…