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Practical Classics

May 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

Nice car isn’t it? ‘Bluebell’ the Standard Ten above was about to be scrapped until the classic car movement mobilised and saved it. It shone like a new pin on the Practical Classics stand at the PC Resto Show and now you can enjoy it, too, as it goes on display, giving rides at the National Motor Museum this summer. Between the Spring and Autumn Autojumbles, you can have a ride in the little car that refused to die; call it a little thank-you from us.Once again the Resto Show was a big success and we are now planning next year’s jamboree. Yes – we are thinking of ways to reduce the cost of parking and give you the best possible value at the door, but the spirit of…

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pc show success

Best dressed? Two clubs put sartorial elegance high on the agenda: the Gay Classic Car Group (left) and the Morris Minor Owners Club. The Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show continued to grow in 2019, and we can exclusively reveal that the ‘Friendly Show’ will be back next year, one week later, on March 27-29, 2020. Show orgnaiser Lee Masters from Clarion Events told PC the reason for the move: ‘Mother’s day is the week before and Easter is two weeks later, so the weekend change was an obvious choice.’ In contrast, the TR Register hosted the oldest TR6 in the world. Once again the stars of the PC show were the clubs, with brilliant stands and activities on display throughout the weekend from everyone…

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danny says...

‘Once again the show proved its worth. Easy to get round in a day, full of real classic enthusiasts and, more importantly, full of great positivity. A friendly show where you leave your snobbery (or inverted snobbery) at the door and rediscover your inner enthusiast. See you all again next year.’…

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the show in 5 pictures

The PC Restorer of the Year was Paul Henley. His fantastic Datsun 240Z held off the other six superb finalists to secure the coveted Golden Spanner award. Richard Skinner’s Chitty replica drew crowds to the PC stand and his stage show went down well. Search for Caractacus Potty Rich to get in touch with him. The show saw the first appearance of editor Danny’s Interceptor in working order. It started for the first time the night before the event – that’s a happy editor. Rarest car at the show. One of them had to be this beige Panther Rio on the Panther Owner’s Club. Based on the Dolomite, it cost more than a Jaguar when new. Maddest car? This Jag. Designed by John Grocott and…

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Motorways aren’t inherently unsafe, but drivers often can be. A story appeared online recently concerning ‘Smart Motorways’ with variable speed limit cameras that fine anyone more than 2mph over the indicated limit. The tale proved apocryphal – cameras currently allow for error in speedometer readings – but this doesn’t mean it can’t happen. ‘Cameras don’t catch bad or drunk drivers’ Supposedly, smart motorway speed cameras ease congestion by spacing traffic out to avoid queues. Recently I followed a 50mph limit for over 30 miles of motorway one sunny afternoon because the overhead electronic signs were warning of debris. It never became apparent where or what it was. I found it a relaxed journey in an old car, but equally frustrating since other drivers didn’t see any reason to…

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this month we love...

4-in-1 Cylinder Hone Kit £52.14  sealey.co.uk Ideal for deglazing, honing or removing corrosion in brake or clutch master or slave cylinders, this little honer simply attaches into the end of a drill ready for you to get to work. Suitable for cylinders from 18mm to 89mm bores, honing pressure can be adjusted easily to achieve the desired finish. It’s an incredibly useful addition to your armoury that will help to save you both time and cash. …