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Practical Classics

March 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.

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welcome to the workshop

Practical Classics can trace its ancestry back in two directions. It has a foot in the Popular Motorist bloodline and in its own name, PC has grown out of the grand tradition of self-sufficiency with older cars. It’s always been a home mechanics’ project bible – it’s a Practical Motorist for people with a love of older cars.All well and good. Your classic car project (projects?) is what it is all about, and we make sure every issue is stacked with underbonnet advice and experience. Just like our magazine forefathers though, we also focus hard on buying and selling. ‘Motoring on a tight budget’ is what it used to be called, today we refer to it as ‘Bangernomics’.So this special buying issue is part of a long-standing tradition: clever…

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also starring…

Sam Glover Technical editor Tending to his legendary flame red hair and beard. Russ Smith Markets editor No red face for Russ, whose values are always accurate. Nick Larkin Classic car legend Practical Classics’ very own Scarlet Pimpernel. Nigel Boothman Memory Lane man Never goes out without his rose-tinted spectacles. ■…

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facebook genius

‘I’ll tell you what really grinds my gears. Clutch failure.’Brian KempJoin the conversation at Practical Classics on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram ■…

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magical mini is 60

Six decades after the Mini was launched, 2019 is set to be a bumper year for Mini events. From the giant Mini Fair in Staffordshire this month to the London to Brighton Mini run in August, dozens of events are taking place to honour the Issigonis icon. On August 3, around 600 Minis will come together at the British Motor Museum to spell ‘Mini 60’. On the very next day, one of  the biggest events of the year will be held on site, featuring all of the many clubs and registers. That’s a week after a Guinness record attempt at Gaydon to gather the longest single line of Minis ever seen. Elsewhere, the British Mini Club is expecting a huge turnout at Himley Hall on May 12 for…

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nyd 2019 in 5 pictures

Matt Tomkins The Brooklands New Year’s Day meet was simply huge and the variety of cars in attendance was incredible. A fantastic start to the year! Matt George has been making progress on his TR6 project – it is currently being stripped for paint, but he plans to be out in it on New Year’s Day 2020! Theo Gillam was sitting outside eating bangers ‘n’ mash amongst Bugattis and Bentleys. It can only be the VSCC meeting at the Stag Inn, Balls Cross. Danny Hopkins went to Vintage Stony at Stony Stratford. The town was rammed with classics and Danny picked a Thirties Alfa as the car of the show. James Walshe The morning after the night before: Driving home from the big London celebrations…

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starting handle

Have you restored your own classic, too? I spend much of my year sniffing out beautifully-restored cars. Sadly, not for myself (I wish!) but for you, dear reader. Hours spent nattering to car enthusiasts about their cherished motors and poking into their lives to determine who did what and when. The desired result is a deliciously grimy tale of blood, sweat and bumps to the head.Restorers generally fall into two categories. There’s ‘The Boaster’. Thankfully in the minority, they’ll expertly bluster about how they’ve partaken in a wreck-to-riches effort, doubling the car’s market value. Further investigation reveals they have done little or no work themselves, farming the entire project out. Nothing wrong with that at all – but you can’t boast about restoring a car yourself…