Practical Classics January 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

The world’s gone mad hasn’t it? We’re all doomed, there’s no future and everything has gone to hell in a handcart. I am the first to admit that our industry likes to indulge in a spot of communal hand-wringing, although we do our best at Practical Classics to balance out any negativity by accentuating the positive. It wasn’t always so gloomy. Back in 1969 we embraced technology for the benefits it was bringing to us. We looked forward to a better future where we could go faster, longer and in greater comfort. The world was an exciting place full of possibility. Positivity was the secret then and it still is. So, we don’t have Concorde anymore and the last man to leave the Moon, Gene Cernan, is now no longer with us.…

2 min
the best cms ever

More than 75,000 enthusiasts attended the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show in early November – 40 years on from when the very first International Motor Show was held in the, then, newly constructed National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham. This year’s classic car extravaganza included a number of firsts and anniversary celebrations, including Harris Mann’s 80th birthday, the launch of the Reliant Scimitar, the Jaguar XJ6 and, on the PC stand, a ‘two TR’ celebration of the 50th anniversary of the creation of British Leyland. The Discovery Live stage was hosted by Ant Anstead and Mike Brewer from TV’s Wheeler Dealers, along with classic celebrities Paul Cowland, Jimmy Deville, Vicki Butler-Henderson and Tony Jardine. The star of the Live Stage, however, was Ron Jones – the long-time owner of the 1951 Riley RMA…

1 min
the show in 5 pictures

Every club pulled out the stops, but we really liked the Lego-themed stand of Capri Club International and Ian Morris-Pascoe’s beautifully restored 1984 Laser. The Fiat 500 Enthusiasts Club teamed up with the Classic Car Company to rebuild a car from scratch. From shell to running car, they did it in just 24 hours. Many youngsters were at the show including Henry Burrows, who was trying to persuade his dad Jonathan to purchase anything from a Rover P6 to a BMW CSL. There were American classics galore including this 1951 Studebaker Champion Business Coupe, which proved popular with crowds for its jet fighter styling. Among the many charity ventures, thousands of NEC visitors stickered Stuart Dixon’s Jaguar to help raise money for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.…

1 min
starting handle

Behind every panel of shiny paintwork and twinkle of sparkling chrome at the NEC was an owner – be they current or in the case of the auction area, prospective. And behind every owner is a club. Or so you would think… ‘I don’t bother with car clubs,’ I heard one gentleman bark loudly to his friend. ‘It’s all politics and squabbling.’ Unfortunately, this is often true and who would blame him, if that is his experience of an organisation supposedly dedicated to the pleasures of ownership? ‘Don’t be an armchair critic. Get off your bum!’ I witnessed the arrival of a non-member at a club event last summer. He was immediately set upon by members who criticised his ‘incorrect’ choice of wheel trim. We subsequently watched his sad departure. Another one lost. It…

1 min
draper combined roll cabinet and tool chest

£751.08 including VAT Having your tools easily to hand and well orgnised is a must for making the process of working on your classic enjoyable. This combined roller cabinet and tool chest from Draper helps make this achievable. Combining a seven-drawer, 28-inch roller cabinet with a four-drawer tool chest means you’ll be able to fit pretty much everything you need in one place. Its sensibly sized and laid-out drawers are roller bearing equipped and foam lined. And you can move it all to the job in hand thanks to heavy-duty casters and safety catches that prevent the drawers opening while in motion. It’s robust, lockable and a pleasure to use. A great addition to any workshop – and a great Christmas gift.…

1 min
harris the wonderful wedge man

Harris Mann, the British Leyland design legend who penned iconic classic Seventies’ motors such as the Austin Princess and Triumph TR7, has been presented with the Standard Triumph Forum’s Harry Webster Award. He was given the trophy at the NEC Classic Motor Show. The Standard Triumph Forum is an umbrella organisation, bringing together all Triumph clubs to carry out initiatives on behalf of the community. Harris, who celebrated his 80th birthday this year, said: ‘I’m humbled to receive this and thanks to all the club members who treated me to both the award and the lovely British Leyland-themed cake I had the pleasure to cut.’ PC editor Danny Hopkins said it was well deserved: ‘Harris is known for going above and beyond in spending time with his fans. He’s always happy to chat…