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Practical Classics

Practical Classics December 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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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
welcome to the workshop

Never underestimate the challenges we face. MoT exemption, the upcoming ‘Vnuk’ directive, electric-vehicle-only town centres and of course manufacturers’ scrappage schemes. They are chiselling away at the stock of emerging classics, and, would you believe older classics, too. We need to stand our ground. PC is currently wrestling with Ford UK to stop the destruction of a mint Standard Ten (See News ). Its scrappage scheme is rigid, it doesn’t even offer to contact owners’ clubs if a classic comes in (Vauxhall do on all pre-1991 cars). Even when we offered Ford the chance to turn a negative story into a brilliant PR ‘win’, it resolutely refused to engage: ‘The process is making the decisions,’ I was told by Ford’s PR people. It’s wilful heritage vandalism. If I was to put a…

2 min.
pug’s big adventure

‘They filled the boot with spares but the car needed no parts at all’ Practical Classics has unearthed unseen pictures of an audacious mission undertaken by CAR Magazine in early 1978 to mark the launch of the Peugeot 305. Written by legendary motoring writer Ronald Barker, the article in PC’s sister publication detailed an arduous 5000-mile journey to the Sahara and back. Four decades on, current PC editor Danny Hopkins dug into our photo archives. ‘I found the transparencies in a box on a dusty shelf,’ he says. ‘I think this trip to the Sahara was CAR Magazine’s most epic road trip adventure. Small car vs Africa.’ The late Ronald Barker, along with former editor Mel Nichols and photographer Richard Davis, drove the Peugeot to the Moroccan desert, crossing thousands of miles of punishing…

1 min.
the month in 5 pictures

A Mini Moke driven by Patrick McGoohan in The Prisioner has been restored, 50 years after it starred in the series. It was one of four cars used in filming. A 1991 Audi Quattro has fetched a staggering £72,050 at auction. The Classic Car Auctions sale also included a sound 1979 Ford Fiesta 1300S with just 5693 miles. Classics will be banned from Oxford city centre from 2020, if plans by the city council are given the green light. All petrol and diesel cars would be outlawed . 10,000 model cars once owned by Swiss car maker Peter Monterverdi are up for sale. From pre-war to Nineties, the collection is expected to fetch £300,000. The next special PC publication will focus on the cars of British Leyland and will feature all of BL’s greats.…

2 min.
starting handle

‘The Revival is my event highlight of the year’ We’re privileged in this industry to be able to attend many events such as the wonderful Goodwood Revival free of charge. Press passes give journalists access to events and in return they’ll write good things. The journalist wins as they get to attend the event to do their job and the organisers win as they get coverage. When I attended the Revival in September, though I paid for my ticket. I bought it back in December 2016 to be precise. I went as a punter and loved every minute. Why? The Revival is the event highlight of my year, so I don’t attend in a professional capacity, I go as a punter so I can fully enjoy it. I don’t have to think about…

2 min.
ford to scrap ‘mint’ classic

Practical Classics has gone into battle with Ford UK to save a 1959 Standard Ten. The Historic Vehicle, in superb condition, resprayed and with a freshly retrimmed interior, has been taken as part of a scrappage scheme by Ford dealer Dunnets of Thurso in Caithness and sent immediately for scrap at local merchants Speedy Skips. We understand it had been offered for sale previously but without success. The Ten was traded in against a brand-new Ford Transit Custom that now wears the Standard’s original number plate. The owner will have received £7000 off the cost of the van. After being alerted, local reader Tom Sayles contacted PC’s editorial office. The car was then secured as we went into negotiation with Ford in an attempt to save the Standard from destruction. After…

1 min.
pc’s offer

Let us register the car and put it back on the road. We take the car on a drive from John O’ Groats to the Practical Classics workshop for detailing and careful revival. We then spend six months making the car famous, telling its story and Ford’s part in it – consciously stating that Ford made an exception in this case owing to the condition and age of the car. Then, at the PC Restoration Show at the NEC next March, we enter it into the CCA Classic auction with a blaze of publicity. When the car is sold every penny of the sale price goes to the charity of Ford’s choice. You (Ford) will be our guests at the show along with your charity representatives. I’d like to offer…