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Practical Classics

Practical Classics December 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

1 min.
welcome to the workshop

New look, new features: you might have noticed – we’ve been a bit busy. Never ones to stand still, and always first to try to attract new enthusiasts to the world of classic cars, we have had your favourite magazine in for a light restoration and respray over the last four weeks and here is the result. I do hope you like it. Please fire in your thoughts about the new look along with any suggestions on how we can make it better. We will be at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show on November 13-15, so come over to see us and have a chat and give us your views if you are there. You can give us your thoughts on our other new project as well. It’s called Skillshack…

2 min.
xj-s first look!

Forty years on from its official launch, here’s the all-new Jaguar XJ-S wowing the crowds at the Birmingham Motoring Festival 1975. Just days after its official motor show launch, this was the public’s first chance to see the car in the flesh and on the road. The long-anticipated, E-type replacement certainly drew the looks but it was a huge shock. To many thousands of British car enthusiasts the sudden change of direction away from the E-type was completely unexpected. It was sent out on a series of spontaneous parade laps at the event as the crowds gawped. The BMF also saw dozens of motorsport heroes complete circuits of the city centre, driven by top racers of the day. It had Formula One cars, but the Jag was the star. Amid the…

1 min.
the month in 5 pictures

The Wolseley 6/90 we featured last month has been sold… to a man who worked with its long-term owner. He’ll take the seller for a drive when it’s restored. Former Triumph Chief Development Engineer Tony Lee has died aged 86. He had been involved in all post-war Triumphs from the 1800 saloon to the TR7. Police have accepted the Ace Café and its patrons are victims rather than the cause of anti-social behaviour, thus safeguarding the future of the venue. Dozens of Series I and Series II Land Rovers took to the track at the Goodwood Revival, to commemorate the final year of traditional Land Rover production. Visit the PC Resto Show stand at the NEC Classic Motor Show (November 13-15) to see Ian Ogilvy’s ‘Saint’ XJ-S.…

2 min.
starting handle

Someone once offered to ‘punch my lights out’ at the NEC Classic Motor Show one year. He was a swarthy individual and he’d taken exception to something I’d put into the PC Club Guide. I was amazed at the large number of Ford Granada Clubs around at the time (this is when we’d just bought our MkI Ghia), and in a Python-esque fit of pique, I added another Granada Club to the list of 13. I called it the ‘Granada Club of Judea (Splitters)’. He was not amused. I survived to realise clubs are a serious business. So I would like to pay tribute to a couple of clubs and their brilliant people. The first name I would like to celebrate is Dave Newby. A club hero who sadly left us for…

1 min.
come and say hello to us in hall 4

It’s that time of year again and, this year, the PC stand at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show will be more active than ever. We’re going to be rebuilding a 6.3-litre V8 and the boys from Optimise Automotive will be giving trimming tutorials, using the PC project Interceptor as the classroom. ‘The aim is to have a fully fitted interior by the end of the weekend,’ says Andy from Optimise. ‘We’ll be happy to answer any questions as we work, so drop by and learn a new skill!’ Visitors to the stand can also sample our new Skill Shack video tutorial series, which will be playing throughout the weekend. The PC team will be there too so come and say hello. On the Live Stage Edd and Mike from Wheeler…

1 min.
dull but important

SMILE: YOU’RE ON CAMERA. Road safety campaigners are concerned that a clampdown on speeding will lead to more accidents as a result of drivers constantly checking their speedometers and not the road. BLACK PLATES MATCH EXEMPTION The DVLA has announced that traditional black number plates with white or silver lettering will now be tied to historic taxation status. The plates were formally replaced by reflective plates in 1972, one month before the previous January 1973 historic taxation cutoff. The new ruling will see the legalisation of black plates on cars that would not have originally worn them in period. INSURANCE TAX INCREASE There will be an insurance premium tax increase for the fifth time since its introduction in 1994. The current rate of 6 per cent will now be set at 9.5 per cent with…