Practical Classics January 2022

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 club

Editing PC has always been a pleasure. Partly because I work with a brilliant team (don’t tell them I said that – keep ’em keen), partly because I have made my hobby into a job (don’t tell my boss!) and partly because you lot are a pretty decent bunch, too. That’s why this issue is dedicated to you and your classic car stories. I don’t understand how anyone can simply look at a classic and ignore the human tale that goes with it. Seriously, from designer to owner to enthusiast, all our classics are only defined as such because we – the people – give oxygen to the idea that they are something to cherish. More than simple inanimate objects. It is crucial to the passion, to the enjoyment and to…

2 min
smart or not?

All you need to know about everything important The construction of smart motorways should be paused until promised safety improvements have been delivered, a group of MPs has urged. Classic -friendly MP, Karl McCartney was particularly vocal, demanding that, after a recent Smart Motorways Report, the rollout should be stopped pending a public inquiry. Following the publication of the Transport Select Committee’s report on smart motorways the Conservative MP for Lincoln, a long-standing Committee member, PC subscriber and classic owner, called for the use of motorway hard shoulders as additional motorway lanes to cease with immediate effect. Karl has also called for a public inquiry to investigate failings and to hold those involved, including from National Highways/Highways England, to account. ‘It is clear that historic evidence alongside other recent revelations about operational…

2 min
starting handle

Having too many classics is worse than having none at all. Seriously, I’ve learned this the hard way, haven’t you? I have rushed fixes and broken cars, I have left cars to go feral and I have forgotten where some of my cars are. I kid you not… I have actually ‘lost’ classics for days on end (and their keys, pretty much daily. It’s foolish. As, when you get above ten classics, there is always too much to do, so much in fact that you simply end up not doing much at all, at least not as much you would do if you only had two or three vehicles to work on. It’s a real problem. I’m a classic junkie and I need my fixes, but if I overdose then I…

8 min
online events squabble

TRIED AND TRUSTED Matt T: ‘I’ve used this on the DPF sensor connector on my Volvo V50. After applying Stabilant 22, the light went out and stayed out!’ Stabilant 22 Electronic Contact Enhancer £49.99 With winter upon us, failing electrical contacts are rife and can cause anything from frustration to failure to proceed, especially for more modern classics with delicate multi-pin connectors and sensitive electronics. Stabilant 22 is an electronic contact enhancer that is used to improve the conductivity, reliability and performance of electronic connectors and contacts. It is actually a liquid semiconductor that provides the effect of a soldered joint without having a physical bond and is incredibly effective. It promises to not just make new contacts better, but to keep contacts operating as it they were new, making old contacts…

1 min
news in brief…

Westfield founder dies Chris Smith, historic GP racer, engineer and Westfield Sportscars founder, has died after a long battle with cancer. Smith’s career began in 1982, when he decided to design and build a replica of one of his alltime favourite race cars, the gorgeous 1956 Lotus XI Le Mans car. He founded Westfield the following year. Vauxhall staffer retires at 90 A Vauxhall staffer who joined the firm as an apprentice in 1946 has decided to retire, aged 90. Brian Webb, now a Baylis Vauxhall Group administrator, has owned a number of Vauxhalls across his 75 years of service, the first being a Vauxhall Velox in 1956. He was gifted a Rotary watch in recognition of his long company service in 1970; he still wears it today. AE86 parts made available Toyota Gazoo Racing…

5 min
oooh christmas is coming… the team is getting fat…

A tool chest full of delights 199-PIECE DIY TOOL KIT WITH CANTILEVER TOOL BOX £95.98 This all-steel cantilever tool box complete with tools is a great starter set. It contains a range of both 1/4 and 3/8 drive sockets and combination spanners in both metric and AF sizes, a 3/8in drive ratchet handle and 3in extension bar, socket adaptors and spark plug sockets as well as star sockets, ratchet screwdriver handle, 20 screwdriver bits, hex keys in both metric and AF sizes, a ball pein hammer, five pairs of pliers, an adjustable spanner, screwdrivers, crimping tool, voltage tester, cable tie, a mini hacksaw, torch, roll of PVC tape, a utility knife and a partridge in a pear tree. Part no: CHT641. VERY HANDY The extensive XCP range can offer something for almost any task! Stock-up…