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Practical Classics

Practical Classics February 2018

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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in this issue

2 min.
welcome to the workshop

No-one is under any illusions anymore. If a manufacturer wants to scrap a good classic then there will be a PR disaster waiting for them. If we hear about a classic going for scrap we will do our best to stop it so keep us informed. To help we need to put our opposition to heritage vandalism into some kind of legal framework. So please sign our petition. We think if a car has Historic Vehicle on its V5 it should be exempt from any scrappage scheme. If you think that’s a decent idea go to the PC website and click through to the Government petitions page. Your support has always been one of the best things about working for PC . Last year you turned out in your hundreds when…

1 min.
future starts here

Half a century after it was unveiled at the Turin Motor Show, the Pininfarina 1800 must surely rank highly in the contest for great missed opportunities. Based on an 1800 Landcrab platform, the radical concept car initially pricked the interest of BMC management and caused Autocar to proclaim that ‘this is the kind of shape we shall all be driving.’ However, to the dismay of Alec Issigonis, the design was turned down amid the transition to British Leyland. Soon after, Issigonis sent Pininfarina an 1100 platform to prove the concept could be adapted to suit a smaller car but by then, Lord Stokes and BL management were focusing attention on designs for the Allegro and Princess. This immediately opened the door for others to take advantage of the concept, leading to the introduction of…

1 min.
the month in 5 pictures

Beaulieu is celebrating winning the top gold accolade for the PC-sponsored 50th International Autojumble at Tourism South East’s Beautiful South Awards. The Morris Register, the Vauxhall Victor OC and the MGOC have joined the Model A loan initiative. See the PC Resto show spread (p12) for more information. Reader Pete Ducks is embarking on a very personal restoration. After his son James passed away earlier this year he is going to restore it in James’ memory. The Reliant Owners Club is challenging you to try out its cars, and bust a few myths in the process. Head to the website to find out how. reliantownersclub.com Renowned railway artist Jonathan Clay is now offering his services to classic owners, with prices for originals starting at £250. jonathanclay.co.uk…

1 min.
starting handle

‘Sellers have a role to play in this, too’ There’s a petition doing the rounds at the moment and it’s well worth signing. You see, we reckon car manufacturer scrappage schemes are a senseless, wasteful, destructive load of old twaddle. Want to knock a few grand off the price of a brand new car? Go to your local dealer and ask for a discount. They’ll give you one, we guarantee it. There’s no government, legal or eco-friendly incentive for them to scrap your old car at all. We’d like to encourage the classic car community to let car makers and dealers know what we think of their loathsome schemes. Naturally, we want the car industry to do well but encouraging unsuspecting people to destroy vehicles of historic importance is contemptible. It is purely…

1 min.
last call for classic nominations

The Footman James Classic Insurance and Practical Classics magazine hunt for Britain’s Favourite Classic Destination has received a huge response. But we still need your help. Nominations received at practicalclassics. co.uk/bestclassic include secret places such as a classic owners’ favourite viewpoint in the Lake District or a little known memorial to WWII secret service veterans at Tempsford near Sandy along with well-known museums, heritage sites and motoring honeypots such as the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu. All provide those unforgettable grand days out that make classic ownership a joy – so keep them coming. Remember we are after venues with a classic ambience or a great attitude to welcoming classics. Send your nomination in (include a picture if you like) to the website and we will rank the destinations. Once…

1 min.
dvla and legislation news

PARLIAMENT TALKS SCRAPPAGE A parliamentary briefing paper has been published debating the 2009 scrappage scheme and those currently on offer. It has no conclusions but opens the door to further debate. Practical Classics’ anti-scrappage petition is currently online. Get there through our website. practicalclassics.co.uk DVLA V888 CHANGES The DVLA has confirmed that in mid-September it amended (unannounced) the definition of reasonable cause for requesting information under V888. Seeking details of former keepers is not now considered acceptable. The website is available at gov.uk/ requestinformation-from-dvla. You are able to request details about vehicles formerly registered in your name and the service is now free; conditions are on the above site. DVLA says the Data Protection Act amendments gave it no choice. Another unintended consequence of legislation dealing with a different issue.…