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Practical Classics February

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

‘If I stand still like this, nobody can see me.’ Theodore J Gillam (aka: Fingers) ‘I’m experimenting with corrosive liquid guns…’ Sam ‘Acid Bath’ Glover ‘Hello there, need any business taking care of?’ John ‘The Beast’ Simpson ‘I’ve got a warehouse full of special Citroën fluid.’ James ‘Psycho’ Walshe ‘There are more things to life than breaking and entering.’ Danny ‘Mr Bridger’ Hopkins You ain’t seen me, or my POR 15 box… right!’ Matt ‘The MIG’ Tomkins Here we go again – MoT exemption. The Department for Transport, after its consultation, is seeking to add limitations and definitions to classics that become MoT exempt. They are proposing a mileage cap, a method of defining cars of a ‘historical interest’ along with a points-based system to define ‘modified classics’ – and it’s no surprise. We warned of this two years ago when…

1 min.
best food forward!

This month sees the launch of our bid to find Britain’s best transport café. Practical Classics is on the hunt for the best-loved eateries in Britain. Partnering us on this epic journey will be Classic Insurance Specialists Footman James, who like a decent cuppa themselves. All you need to do is visit practicalclassics.co.uk/bestcafes and nominate yourpersonal favourite. Once nominations are in, the PC and FJ teams will tot up the numbers and then embark on an epic adventure to visit the top ten. It will be a week long, food inspired road trip in a group of classics, driving far and wide to join readers for a classic car breakfast gathering and a good old-fashioned full English fry up . There will be many chances to join us on the tour, as…

1 min.
the month in 5 pictures

Jaguar has unveiled the first new XKSS to be built in 59 years. Eight more examples will be constructed and all have already been sold for more than £1 million each. The legendary Rover V8 engine will be celebrated with a new event. Rover Fest will take place at Wroxall Abbey on August 11-13, 2017. roverfest.co.uk Restoration specialist Frost has a new warehouse and a new delivery vehicle… in the shape of this 1983 Metro van. First job was to do a parts drop at PC! The last Morris Minor saloon to roll off the Cowley production line has been saved by the MMOC. It will be on the club stand at the PC Restoration Show. A 1983 Vauxhall Astra with just 14,000-miles went under the hammer at Brightwells on December 8. Younger classics…

2 min.
starting handle

‘We need to inspire the generation coming up’ I was recently asked to speak at the Automobile Club de France in Paris on what FIVA can do to keep trade and skills alive for the next generation. Well, the experience got me thinking. What struck me was that the overwhelming focus was on the top one percent and big money restos. Although I appreciate the workmanship and historical importance of one-off cars being restored to this level, our approach has to be far more involving. For me it’s real world classics being returned to the road and taken to shows that matter more. Classics that are seen and capture the imagination of the next generation hold the key to preserving skills for the future. We need to catch the next generation early…

1 min.
this month welove...

Made from high quality natural rubber, this new range from East Sussex Minors addresses the issues surrounding poor quality rubber components. After undergoing a 12-month immersion test in grease, the new rubbers show no signs of degradation, whereas their predecessors swelled to nearly double their original size. Shackle bushes and trunnion rubber seals are the first of the range and are stamped with the letters ‘MMC’ to identify them. TRIED AND TRUSTED Matt Tomkins fitted these rubbers to his own Minor and they have performed well so far.…

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dynamique youth project

On November 16, 2016, FIVA (Federation Internationale Vehicules Anciens) held a gathering in Paris focusing on skills and youth. PC’s Matt Tomkins was one of six young people from the historic vehicle movement who helped debate what FIVA should be doing to ensure that there is a future for the historic vehicle industry. David Whale from the FBHVC spoke about classic vehicle apprentice schemes before Richard Keller from Cité Automobile Museum introduced a unique project in the form of a short wheelbase ‘Dynamic’ thought to be the only one in existence of only 23 built, which was purchased by the French state through its Heritage Fund. It will be restored by young apprentices under the guidance of specialists in the museum’s workshops and will become a beacon project to attract tomorrow’s new…