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Practical Classics

Practical Classics December 2018

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

The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show is upon us again – it seems to loom large more quickly every year. Big, bold and brash, it is impossible to get round it in a weekend, or even three days… but that’s no bad thing. It means you can simply immerse yourself in old cars and go with the flow, surprises guaranteed. Tickets are also on sale now for our own Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show next March… it’s like the November Show, but you can get around it in a weekend (just) and it is a bit dirtier (also a good thing). Big British car shows have been part of the enthusiast’s landscape since the first British Motor Show, at Crystal Palace in 1903. Some 10,000 visitors flocked to see…

2 min.
1948 – the best show

The fact that all this innovation was present under one roof was all the more remarkable with petrol rationing still in place and the shadow of wartime austerity looming large. Companies had to sell three-quarters of their vehicles abroad to get the steel needed to build them in the first place and British purchasers had to sign a contract stating they would not sell their new car on. Trading practices so restrictive that it is all The 1948 Motor Show opened at Earls Court on October 27 – it was the place where modern motoring really kicked in. It saw the UK unveiling of the Jaguar XK120, Morris Minor, Land-Rover, Oxford MO, Wolseley 4/50 and 6/80… a small sports car with the name Porsche on it, the list is impressive, almost…

1 min.
the month in 5 pictures

The Lotus 70 celebration at Hethel was a feast for the eyes and ears. My moment of the day was the Lotus Cortina test track invasion. We took this magnificent 1936 Vauxhall Limousine into central London for an English Heritage event. Going back in time is the way forward – it was a great Danny spent a lot of late nights in the workshop this month. Here he is removing a Rover exhaust: the sparks were keeping him awake – and warm. Bicester Heritage’s biggest ever Scramble event attracted 5500 guests and some mad metal. My pick of the bunch, this daily driver Hustler. Danny attended Rally Day at Castle Combe in a Vauxhall Chevette HS as part of our tribute to the iconic model on its 40th anniversary (see p58).…

2 min.
starting handle

As you walk the NEC halls, gazing at the amazing efforts of owners who have gone beyond the realms of reason (and often sanity) to create objects of perfection, have a think about the hours that go into making them shine. None of this stuff – as many of you know – happens by accident. The road to classic revival is long and complex and, it appears, pressures of time and money mean that these days, some really important cars are falling by the wayside. For example, the unique Austin 3 Litre collection we featured in the January 2016 issue has become vulnerable, after the sad death of owner Malcolm Stephens. ‘If your car is important to you, do plan for its future’ Rescued initially by enthusiast Jerry Ansell, they are now up…

2 min.
biggest and best is back

Yep, it’s officially bigger than ever before. With around 40 extra clubs this year, the organisers expect the number of cars and bikes on show to top 3000 vehicles, including those that are on display by the 650 traders and dealers also taking part. The addition of a new Hall 8, takes the overall show space to one million square feet – like it wasn’t big enough already! The new hall will be called The Debutant & Special Display Hall and will host 15 clubs that haven’t exhibited before. ‘Debutants’ include the Perana Owners Club, Club Calibra, United Centos (Fiat Cinquecentos and Seicentos), Fordsport, MINI Y REGister, Racing-Puma, Fiat Coupé Club, RS500 Owners, and the Retro Caravan Club. Andrew Evanson, Senior Operations Manager at Lancaster Insurance, added: ‘I’m ecstatic that a…

1 min.
the 5 nec must sees

Visit us in Hall 5 – in front of the staircase into Hall 4. The team will be there with two Triumphs: Matt’s project TR6 and the low mileage, barn find TR7. The Daimler and Lanchester OC stand will have a replica of one of 36 armoured cars built in 1915 on a Lanchester chassis, built by enthusiasts in Belgium. Try Hall 8. This is a new hall, with around 40 clubs, 15 of which are making their show debut, such as The Historic Marathon Rally Group . The Lancaster Insurance stand in Hall 1 will be a showroom with 1973 Porsche 911 2.7 Carrera RS, 1972 Fiat 595 Classic Asseto Corsa and 1965 Austin Cooper S. The Meguiars Club Showcase Competition will have an amazing line up of award winning cars from club-organised events…