Practical Classics February 2019

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

1 min
welcome to the workshop

Driving a classic car throughout the winter months. Is it worth the stress? I say, yes – what stress? It is better for the car in the long run, as cars much prefer to be used, not sat in one place for long periods. Keeping your beloved motor lithe and lubricated is what regular use results in. It’s what the car was built to do... and it’s cheaper than winter storage, too. You might think (and would be forgiven for doing so) that the road salt and the wet weather would conspire to play havoc with your classic’s tin and electrical systems, but with modern rust prevention, it doesn’t have to be so. Plus, there is so much support out there in classic land that you shouldn’t have to look to…

2 min
six decades of the m1 motorway

Sixty years ago, Britain’s first full length motorway opened to a great fanfare. Built in four phases, the first section linked Watford and Crick – a 62-mile stretch otherwise known as junction 5 to junction 18. On the day the new motorway was opened, engineers predicted that 20,000 vehicles would use the road each day and, for years, the motorway was a sparsely used means of travelling long distances. Nowadays, that figure stands at around 150,000. While critics concerned themselves with predicting carnage resulting from increased speeds, others embraced the beginning of motorway culture. Having laid on a significant presence at the opening ceremony just south of Luton at Slip End, the AA announced its new motorway patrol force. Speaking at the time, patrolman Don Woolhead found himself rescuing many drivers not…

1 min
the month in 5 pictures

A new series of breakfast meets is being rolled out. Footman James Coffee & Chrome will be on selected Sundays, with the first at Chateau Impney (January 6). The HRCR Open Day at the British Motor Museum on January 12 will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the legendary Mini. Six Minis will be starring at the event. The 2019 Monte Carlo Rally UK start will take place in Clydebank on January 30. A huge range of classics will make the 1500-mile trip to the South of France. Vintage Tyres has opened a fitting centre at Bicester Heritage. The main HQ will continue at Beaulieu but the Bicester site offers easier access. The nominations for the 2019 National Car Club Awards are open with eleven awards up for grabs. To nominate visit…

2 min
starting handle

‘The pull of the cars that touched our lives is strong’ I I’ve just bought a tiny, unglamorous and slightly broken Daihatsu Charade. I managed to stop it going for scrap, in fact, much to the surprise of my neighbour, who was disposing of it. It is a B-reg 1.0 diesel CS and it is a Series 1 MkII… which is important, because it makes it the last one left. When I mentioned this to my wife, she said: ‘There’s probably a good reason for that,’ which is a view many might share. I, of course, am now on a mission to preserve ‘dowdy uniqueness’ in car form. If, like me, you think that we all have a responsibility to look out for motoring rarities – then you will understand why…

1 min
club class!

More votes than ever before have been cast as enthusiasts from across the nation make their views known in our search for Britain’s Best Classic Car Club. Over 150 individual local clubs and branches are now battling it out for the title, but there is still time to cast your vote. Teaming up with our pals from Footman James Insurance, the aim is to seek out and celebrate the country’s most loved regional and local collectives. Once the top thirty most-voted-for local clubs or branches have been established, the list will be published in the March 2019 issue of the magazine and online. Then it’s your turn again to vote to find the top ten. Our chosen 10 finalists will be announced at the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show,…

1 min
exciting and important

THE A TO Z OF AMAZING ENGINES It’s at the heart of every car, every classic… the engine. Laid out in detail, we have deconstructed 31 legendary lumps and revealed their extraordinary secrets in minute detail. This 100-page celebration also examines the workings of the engine, giving advice on everything from the oil pump to Mass Air Flow sensor. With a foreword from the father of the K-series engine (30 years old in 2019), Sivert Hiljemark, this is THE must-have gift for all petrolheads.…