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Practical Classics

Practical Classics January 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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in this issue

2 min.
welcome to the workshop

‘Good King Morris last looked out on a feast of tin worm.’ The MMOC Gospel Choir ‘We wish you a merry synchro and a happy fourth gear.’ James ‘Chestnuts Roasting’ Walshe ‘Hark the Herald, GT6, Spitfire, Stag and Dolomite.’ Matt ‘Gabriel’ Tomkins ‘Away in an Alfa, I’ve got no inner wings.’ Russ ‘Little Helper’ Smith ‘Deck the wings with wax and polish… tra la la la la, la la la la.’ Danny ‘Bad Santa’ Hopkins ‘Mmm, mmm, mm, mm, mmm, m, m!’ Welding Stig Never fails does it? The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, yet again, proved what a huge business we’re in. It’s a great time to be a classic car enthusiast and the number of punters through the doors proved it, as did the sheer variety of cars at the show. Once again the clubs showed the way with superb displays…

1 min.
defenders of the rootes

‘The archives are key to keeping Rootes vehicles on the roads’ The Rootes Archive Centre Trust (RACT) has put down a deposit on a new building at Wroxton, which will become its permanent home. But the journey to archive safety has only just begun. ‘We still need £60k by next August to complete the purchase and create an archive, visitor and education centre celebrating everything Rootes,’ said treasurer Matt Olman. The team has come a long way since Association of Rootes Car Club members managed to rescue the Rootes Engineering Department archives from the former Humber Road factory site in Coventry in 2004. The complete collection of engineering drawings and artefacts from the early Sixties to the end of the Chrysler era is currently being stored in an old laboratory at the former…

1 min.
the month in 5 pictures

Jaguar Land Rover has confirmed that it will not be buying Silverstone race circuit because a deal with current owner, the BRDC, could not be reached. The Sunbeam Talbot Alpine register reunited two works rally cars at the NEC. MKV 21 and MKV 25 were originally driven by Stirling Moss and Sheila Van Damm. Coys’ 1964 Aston DB5 became the first classic car to be sold through a social media app – Vero – and created Apple Pay’s largest known payment – £825k. The MG Car Club’s MGC register will celebrate the car’s 50th anniversary on June 7-11 next year with an event at Chateau Impney. See mgcc.co.uk for more. The 26th Range Rover – but the first to be registered as a Range Rover – sold for £93k at Coys’ Alexandra Palace auction…

2 min.
starting handle

‘A passion shared gives such great fulfilment’ They say we’ve all got a book in us. Mine would be about the Citroën CX and the complete history of post-1989 Marillion, ‘The Fish-free Years’. Another chapter pretty much wrote itself recently, when my dad and I paid a visit to the Citroën Conservatoire in Paris – the company’s collection of rarities and landmark production vehicles. We swooned. We gasped. We tried to compose ourselves, as did the other similarly gleeful members of the Citroën Car Club, which had organised the trip. I was studying a staggeringly accurate scale model of the 1974 CX production line when a tall, middle-aged gentleman in Citroën overalls approached me. A curator of the collection, Pierre Blind retired when the nearby Aulnay factory shut in 2012 having worked…

2 min.
back to the beginning

A Rover enthusiast has reunited the major players in his P5B’s life, at the place its first owner first saw it, the factory where it was built. Martin Robins was joined at the Jaguar Land-Rover factory in Solihull by Sandy Yates; son-in-law of its first owner David Fairweather. Also present was Brian Clark, the man who looked after the car for its first 37 years. When David passed away in 1994, care passed to son-in-law Sandy. Sandy was only too aware of how treasured David’s car had been and kept an equally careful watch over its condition. ‘My father-in-law had a 3-litre saloon and this car, which he collected from here, at the factory, rather than our local dealer Rossleigh of Dundee.’ says Sandy. ‘He only ever drove the Coupé on…

1 min.
this month we love...

Rustbuster MBX Metal Blaster SP 200 £346.80 rust.co.uk The MBX Surface preparation system is the world leader in wire brush paint and rust removal. It achieves the maximum kinetic energy without developing too much heat and is available in either pneumatic or electric operation. It does not grind away any good surface material and will remove only the rust or paint back to clean white steel. It works on contoured areas and into seams and crevices and will remove rust, paint, stone chip, seam sealer and other coatings. Although it ain’t cheap, it is worth it in the time you will save.…