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Practical Classics

Practical Classics December 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

‘I wish Matt hadn’t superglued my hand to the roof.’ Matt George ‘I bid you farewell from myself and my friend – Welding Stig.’ Sam ‘Electric Beige’ Skelton ‘Put your hands back on the wheel and stop tickling my chin…’ John ‘Neat Beard’ Simpson ‘The hills are alive with the sound of Leyland…’ Captain Danny Von Trapp ‘So, another classic, another trip. Let us pray. ’ The Rev James Walshe ‘Back to the mountains… and thanks for all the tea.’ The Swiss Family Haas Not lost for news this month are we? MG has decided to stop ‘producing’ cars in the UK, the government has sent out a consultation on MoT testing for classics and our industry is worth 5.5 billion quid. Massive implications for our hobby… with the knowledge that we are a ‘growth’ sector and that legislation might have an…

1 min.
storming the charts

The collective roar of a hundred engines reverberated around the high speed circuit at Millbrook, as they lined up to be shot for our celebration of Britain’s very favourite classic cars. Compared with the last time PC gathered together the top 100 (in 2004) there have been numerous new entries, most notably more modern classics voted for by you. There was also a surge in popularity for family classics, such as the Cortina and VW Golf. Many owners travelled hundreds of miles to join in the festivities on the day. ‘It was great to see such a huge variety of cars from all eras,’ said a Millbrook spokesman. ‘We’ve never seen anything quite like it before.’ The passion for all types of classic is what fuels this industry. No matter what…

1 min.
the rbrr in 5 pictures

The 50th anniversary Club Triumph Round Britain Reliability Run took place on October 7-9. It began at Knebworth House, as 133 Triumphs filled the grounds. Rarity of the run was a 1950 Triumph Renown entered by Dirk Devogoleer and team. The car successfully completed the 2014 RBRR and was back for another go. Fair weather on the run through Scotland allowed teams to enjoy the views. Here is Andy Roberts (and team) in his 1975 Stag saloon, ‘Janey’, a RBRR regular. Skiach Services above Inverness is a regular RBRR checkpoint, but the run has never visited during daylight hours until 2016. Of the 133 starters, 119 cars successfully made it back to the finish at Knebworth House. Well done guys! For more RBRR info visit clubtriumph.org.uk…

1 min.
starting handle

‘The future for our part of the past looks good’ We asked you and you voted – we called you and you came. The PC Top 100 photoshoot was the biggest we had ever organised and came as the culmination of six months of work. From the initial idea, through to the final design it was a huge effort involving the entire PC team and thousands of you, the readers… the very people who actually make this magazine possible in the first place. So thank you to everyone, and particularly James Walshe who took the main role in coordinating things. The response we have had has been immense and even the team at Millbrook… a bunch who are used to running a slick business based firmly in the modern motor manufacturing world,…

1 min.
dull but important

The Department for Transport has conducted a public consultation into the possible implementation of the new EU Roadworthiness Directive, which could see MoT exemption in the UK apply to all vehicles over 40 years-old (mirroring the current criteria for free tax). PC believes that any erosion of regulation that aims to keep our classics safe and efficient would be a dangerous move. There’s evidence to suggest that the DVLA is ramping up its inspections regime, according to reports from FBHVC members. It seems that owners who apply for a V5C for a vehicle that has spent a long time off the road could be more likely to subjected to an inspection (which is subcontracted to SGS). How do you put a date on a British CKD export, assembled overseas and later returned…

2 min.
classic cars’ £5.5 billion boost to uk

It’s official. Historic vehicles contribute £5.5 billion to the UK economy every year – a healthy hike of nearly 28 per cent since 2011. The figures have been published by the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) in its 2016 National Historic Vehicle Survey – a document that paints a more detailed picture than we’ve ever seen before. Using data from the DVLA and information compiled from 15,000 enthusiasts, the survey is a key milestone in emphasizing the significance of older cars to the British culture and economy. In an era of tightening legislation, such thorough and revealing data is good news. PC editor Danny Hopkins attended the House of Commons’ announcement, where the report was introduced by FBHVC chairman David Whale. ‘This is the largest and most comprehensive survey…