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Practical Classics

Practical Classics August 2017

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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2 min.
welcome to the service

New worshippers are always welcome at the Church Of PC . It’s very broad, full of fun and even non-believers are encouraged as long as they treat the rest of the congregation with respect. Everyone has their own particular take on the scriptures – all are valid. As owning, driving and fixing a classic is an act of true faith and for that, all who enjoy their classics are worthy of acceptance and respect. You can enjoy your faith in different ways. Right now, the summer months encourage us to be outside spreading the word among the moderns. We are classic car missionaries (see above, sort of) making the roads of Britain a more interesting place to be, converting the unbelievers to the classic path at every garage stop. Evangelising and…

1 min.
porsche 928 hits 40

Brooklands resounded to the burble of 1248 cylinders on May 28 as the Porsche Club GB (928 Register) and cars from 928.orgmarked 40 years of the 928 by gathering on the famous banking. Design studies were first initiated back in 1971, with Porsche set on developing a grand tourer that was capable of seating four people. The company was also keen to try out a new engine configuration, after rumours that the US government might outlaw rear-engined cars in the wake of consumer concern about the Chevrolet Corvair. Unveiled to the public at the 1977 Geneva Motor Show, the 928 caused a storm and ended up victorious at the European Car of the Year award a year later. With a throbbing all-alloy 4.5-litre V8 at its heart, the car set a new…

1 min.
the month in 5 pictures

Organisers of Coventry Motofest have revealed next year’s event will take place on June 2-3, 2018, following a hugely successful festival of motorsport last month. The automotive world paid tribute to designer Tom Tjaarda, who died at the age of 82. His work included the Ford Fiesta, Ferrari 365 California and Fiat 124. PC Assistant Editor James Walshe won Bauer Feature of the Year award for his story on how John Lennon crashing his Austin Maxi helped break up The Beatles. The sole surviving Maxi from the 1970 London to Mexico Rally will take on the Classic Cars Challenge China with original driver, Bron Burrell, at the wheel. The newly-restored finishing straight at Brooklands officially opened on June 17, with racing cars crossing the line for the first time since 1940.…

1 min.
starting handle

‘Welcoming members on all levels is just vital’ I’m Chairman of the Letchworth Garden City Classic & Vintage Car Club, which was formed in the late Eighties by a small group of enthusiasts. In 2009, we held a classic car picnic in rural Hertfordshire that led to an upsurge in membership. The event has grown from strength to strength and shows what can be done thanks to a thriving and highly successful club behind it. Naturally, this happens through committed individuals willing to give their time and expertise in managing the admin and organising the programme. There’s a bi-monthly printed newsletter which is later made available online so that members can send copies to friends, whilst email plays a huge role in getting news out to the membership and saves a fortune…

1 min.
return to hq

The Cambridge-Oxford Owners Club achieved what many had thought impossible by gathering one example of each Pre-Farina Austin Cambridge and Westminster ‘Project GS5’ based vehicles at its celebration of the models at Longbridge on June 17. With 21 pre-Farinas in attendance, including an A105 Vanden Plas, the PC project A95 Countryman and all three types of commercial, the club believe it to be the biggest gathering of these cars for many years, and certainly the biggest at the factory in which they were designed and developed since they were in production. With the long-term future of Longbridge in doubt the COOC worked with Gemma Cartwright’s Pride of Longbridge team to organise the event. Club Chairman Taff Gillingham explains: ‘We were keen to organise an event at the spiritual home of these…

1 min.
dull but important

VEHICLE EXCISE DUTY DVLA changed its registration system to the V55/1 form in 1976/7, so cars are deemed by dealers to be new and unused at the point of sale. This ties the build date to the registration date and means cars built in a year of tax exemption may have to wait before they can claim. MODIFYING VEHICLES DVLA has stated that registration marks can be withdrawn from monocoque cars where the structure has been modified significantly, for instance home-made pickup or convertible conversions. VEHICLE IDENTITIES The FBHVC wishes to remind people that a vehicle identity is set by the serial number. This means the chassis or VIN number. If this is lost or changed, the car loses any right to the registration mark.…