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Practical Classics

Practical Classics August 2015

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.
farewell to the workshop

Sam Glover Technical editor Back to Coventry with him and don’t spare the Rover. Danny Hopkins Editor Free Jaguar with every departure… bon voyage Neil! Matt George Production ed I now have the second longest hair on the mag. Neil Campbell He’s nobody to us People of Coventry – I have the keys and I am on my way! John Simpson Chief mechanic Well I’ll have that set of overalls back then, boy. James Walshe Assistant editor But it has no rear bumper – how can it possibly work? Lisamarie Johnson Art director You put both arms in, both arms out, in out in out and you shake em all about. Today is the last day I’ll sit next to Neil Campbell – at work at least. He’s been with Practical Classics for eight years, making him the magazine’s longest serving scribe and he’ll be sorely missed. He will still be…

2 min.
ford cologne’s classic stash

Practical Classics has been given access to the overflow collection at Ford’s Cologne plant in Germany. Normally strictly off limits, the collection is housed in Hall A, originally built in the Thirties for Model A production. The original 1981 Probe III prototype is the most enigmatic car in the 40 strong collection. It was originally produced as a design concept to ‘soften up’ the public for the Sierra that was launched a year after the Probe III went on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Alexei Sayle described it as ‘just a poxy hatchback,’ but, as an aerodynamic test, it was brilliantly executed – drag coefficient was 0.25, the production Sierra was 0.34. Next to it is a Transit bus with five million kilometres on the clock. Owned by a Turkish plant…

2 min.
nec show clubs blunder

At least nine classic car clubs applying for stand space at the 2015 Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at the NEC (November 13-15) have been told the cars they represent are not old enough to be classics. The email from the club coordinator included a justification based on one way classics are defined: ‘Most insurance companies regard cars as ‘Classics’ once they are over 20 years old. We feel that the majority of the vehicles represented by your club would not currently fulfil this criteria and hence we are declining your application this year.’ The reaction from club members involved ranged from disappointment to outrage. Keith Williams, Chairman of the MGF Register, said: ‘I appreciate the NEC classic car show is over subscribed, but we as a club have had a…

1 min.
beaulieu – it’s unmissable

Europe’s biggest autojumble returns to the grounds of the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu on September 5-6. As usual, we’ll be there and this time with a mystery project car to be completed and driven under its own power) by the end of the weekend. A long chapter in PC’ workshop history will come to an end when we give away our Westfield after ten years of off-and-on construction. See the competition entry box below for the form you need. Entries are by post only, unless you visit us on the stand and enter before the draw on Sunday 6. Please note the closing date for postal entries has been brought forward to September 3. Also on the PC stand will be our Austin Westminster estate, by then a rolling shell and…

1 min.
win our westfield

The competition to win Practical Classics’ newly completed Westfield kit car is still ongoing. It could be you! The green machine has demanded blood, sweat and tears from all concerned, but the long awaited build is now finally complete (with thanks to CBR (Andy Waters): www.cbrmotorbodies.co.uk ) and the only thing that stands in the way of the car hitting the open road is the registration document from the DVLA (in process, see p114 for more). To enter into the draw and give yourself a chance of becoming a Westfield owner, all you have to do is fill out the competition entry form below and send it back to us at the magazine address (see p28) by September 3, 2015. ** Enter this information so that Practical Classics can keep you informed of…

3 min.
news in brief

Car Tax – don’t get caught out The FBHVC have issued a reminder that a car’s taxed status ends not with its sale, but with its change of owner. Since the demise of the car tax disc, no ‘current’ tax can be passed to the new owner, even if the car is a gift from one family member to another. If there’s a change of owner on the V5C, apply for tax. www.dvla.co.uk End of the petrol era? The recent G7 summit in Germany included an agreement to phase out all petrol and diesel usage by the end of the century. Even with 85 years to go, it’s ambitious, though Sir Greg Knight MP doesn’t think we should lose sleep: ‘The historic vehicle movement has great capacity to adapt,’ he said. Erik Carlsson, 1929-2015 Rally…