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Practical Classics July 2015

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

1 min.
welcome to the airfield

Ten years ago I bought an ex-RAF staff car. It was a 1938 Hillman Minx that I welded up, rebuilt and repainted in RAF blue. To put a former airman’s car back on the road after 60 years in a shed felt important, because that airman who took it with him into the RAF in 1939, like so many of his comrades, didn’t make it home. After the war his wife garaged her husband’s Minx for the rest of the 21st century – it became her private memorial to her fallen hero. That Minx (GTN 331) is now out on the re-enactment circuit, helping to keep our memories of ‘The Few’ alive. 75 years ago young men, barely out of school, fought in the skies above the south of England to…

2 min.
40 years of the 3 series

Danny says… Bravo for a Bavarian marvel Back in 2000 my first PC staff car was an E21 316. It was spartan and could have been a depressing place to be were it not for the fact that it was brilliant. Built by people who cared, it was also a hoot to drive, particularly on the B-roads of Rutland. I ended up in a ditch near Benefield. My talent failed, not the car’s – the miles before my ‘off’ were some of the best I’ve had. On May 2, 1975 a new car rolled off BMW’s Milbertshofen assembly line. It was modest, compact and not entirely dissimilar to the model it replaced. The fact that this humble machine single handedly changed the small/ medium sized car market might have been as much of…

2 min.
numbers grow at beaulieu

Another great Beaulieu Spring Autojumble saw close on record numbers. Total admissions reached 15,975, one thousand up on 2014 and the second best attendance since the first ever Spring Autojumble in 1994. Stand numbers were also up at 1176, including over 40 club stands, with 116 vehicles for sale in the Motormart. The Practical Classics marquee was extremely busy with two staff cars being worked on over the weekend. By far the biggest effort was put in by Mark Gray and John Simpson as they attempted to re-engine Danny’s Rover P6 2200SC. The original engine let go in a spectacular way (see Danny’s Saga, p98), necessitating replacement. Sam Glover stepped in with the offer of a 2000TC lump which was brought to Beaulieu and readied for transplant. ‘That was the first problem,’…

2 min.
news in brief

Hope for charity A new charity rally will be held this summer to raise funds for children in sub-Saharan Africa (July 10-11). The 100-mile Hope Classic Rally – from Brooklands to Blenheim Palace – will be covered by the Channel 5’s The Classic Car Show. For more information, visit www.hopeclassicrally.org NEC show’s ‘lady’ theme The 2015 NEC Classic Motor Show on November 13-15 will have ‘She’s a beauty’ as its theme. Clubs can interpret that however they wish, although organisers have stated they want to showcase women involved in the classic scene. www.necclassicmotorshow.com Timewarp Daimler A 1995 Daimler with just 1284 miles on its clock has emerged from hibernation in Scotland. The X300 was stored away when new and has only emerged after 20 years, still in totally mint condition. It’s now for sale, for £30,000…

1 min.
wedgeley wanted

This year marks the 120th anniversary of the first all-British car built by Wolseley Motors. A very good excuse to hold a party then, except the one being held at Staunton Harold Hall in Leicestershire on August 15 and 16 needs a Wolseley ‘Wedge’ to complete the guest list. Gaydon is supplying Wolseley No 1 and the first four-wheeled Wolseley for the Wolseley Register’s National Rally there but organisers would love to display one of the final models to display the illuminated badge. ‘Unfortunately, due to holiday commitments, none of the Register members who own one of the now-rare cars can commit to attending the rally so we would very much like to ask your readers if any of them own a “Wedgeley” and would like to display it alongside…

1 min.
duns salutes jim

The 50th anniversary of Jim Clark’s most successful year has been marked at his home town of Duns in the Scottish Borders (16-17 May). Three-time World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart and three-time Le Mans winner Allan McNish were among those who flooded the town for this free event as some of Clark’s most significant cars were displayed and demonstrated. A highlight was the chance to see Stewart drive his old friend’s Lotus 25 up the usually quiet High Street. Clark won his second Formula 1 World Championship in 1965, along with the Indianapolis 500, the Formula 2 Championship and the Tasman Championship. The event was run by Club Lotus in partnership with the Jim Clark Trust, who look after the Jim Clark Rooms where visitors to Duns can learn more about the…