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Practical Classics August 2016

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

‘Roller paint the rust away… doo dah, doo dah!’ Matt ‘The Decorator’ Tomkins ‘I could fashion a new car entirely from filler.’ Matt ‘The Artist’ George ‘It’s hammer time… STOP. Can I touch this?’ John ‘MC’ Simpson ‘So that’s the eBay listing sorted. ‘Needs TLC…’’ Sam ‘The Punter’ Glover ‘Sorry, I’m too busy eating a nice pie.’ James ‘Dusty Bin’ Walshe ‘If I straighten this bit a bit, it’ll be a bit better.’ Danny ‘Hopeful’ Hopkins ‘If I look confused, that is entirely because I am.’ Sam ‘Seam Sealer’ Skelton From July 1, 2016, Paris will ban all cars registered before 1997 from its streets on weekdays from 8am to 8pm. The aim is to reduce the city’s appalling pollution levels, but it’s a shameful decision, a knee jerk of the worst kind. It isn’t based on logic or even evidence. For a start,…

2 min.
paris classic ban exemption

‘Authorities have admitted they may choose to exempt classics’ Mass uproar by French classic car enthusiasts has resulted in a rethink on plans to ban older vehicles from Paris in a bid to improve air quality. Authorities have admitted they may exempt classic cars from the ban – with initial reports suggesting this will only be for those models officially registered as ‘collector vehicles’ and 30 years old or more. The new twist came after authorities originally announced a ban on all cars registered before 1997, causing a fierce debate between city leaders and the French Federation of Vintage Vehicles. However, for many the question of what makes a ‘collector vehicle’ has resurfaced: ‘We are awaiting confirmation but even if 30 year old cars are exempted, the following generation of classics in France…

1 min.
the month in 5 pictures

Will the DfT still be introducing E10 petrol next year now we have voted ‘Brexit’…? The changes had been planned to meet the UK’s emissions targets. The Gay Classic Car Group took 27 classics and Queen Elizabeth lookalike on a trip to Le Touquet for a special lunch to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. Nominations are still rampant on the PC website in the hunt for Britain’s favourite 100 classic cars. Don’t let your favourite miss out. practicalclassics.co.uk The Jensen Owners’ Club celebrated 50 years of the Interceptor with a convoy to the Vignale factory that produced Interceptor number one back in 1966. Sir Greg Knight MP has called for an exemption from MoT for cars over 40 years old, in order to bring the exemption in line with that for road tax.…

1 min.
starting handle

‘What about the classics that could be lost?’ I attended the press conference at Stuttgart Retro Classics in March when Professor Dr. Mario Theissen, Senior Vice-President of FIVA (Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens), the European body that represents classics, spoke about the importance of preserving heritage and made references to the the classic car movement as a ‘rolling museum’. After the press release in which FIVA redefined classics as unmodified, little used and over 30, questions have to be asked about how well represented we are in Europe, and does it matter now we’ve voted to leave? The upcoming ban on pre-1997 cars from the centre of Paris has been modified, we hear, with an exemption for cars over 30, which would be a relief to many owners, but what about the…

1 min.
clarke cec500 engine support £83.98

www.machinemart.co.uk This Clarke Strong-Arm is a useful addition to the workshop, particularly if your classic of choice is front-wheel drive. We used it to support the engine on Danny’s Saab while the gearbox was removed. The unit is fully adjustable and sits on the top of the cars’ inner wings, with the handle on top the means of taking up the weight of the engine, allowing it to be removed from its lower mounts. It gives the flexibility of being able to move the car in and out of the workshop or up and down on a lift while repairs are carried out.…

1 min.
brexit and classics

Britain’s vote to ‘Brexit’ has implications for all owners. The depreciation of the pound will see a rise in the price of fuel (AA: up to 18.7p per litre) and imported cars and components. UK classic prices might well stay buoyant as foreign money comes in search of a bargain. A weak pound could be good news for the classic restoration industry as foreign collectors will get more for their dollar or euro. FBHVC representative Geoff Lancaster told PC: ‘Legislation-wise, the EU road worthiness directive has been delayed already and it’s likely now that it will be delayed further. Further than that I can’t see a dramatic change to the classic landscape in the UK as long as we have classic friendly governments.’ Economic turmoil might impact classic prices in the short…