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Practical Classics

Practical Classics July 2016

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

2 min.
welcome to the workshop

‘Italia ‘90? Nope, I wasn’t born then either, Gary.’ Matt ‘Nobby’ Tomkins ‘Nope. No classifieds. Hmm, but lots of sweaty men. Just like PC then, Gary.’ Sam ‘Bomber’ Skelton ‘His feet are intelligent and he’s got the legs of a salmon, Gary.’ Sam ‘Abramovich’ Glover ‘He shoots… he scores! And that’s 15 love, Gary.’ James ‘Chopper’ Walshe ‘So, 4-4-2? Or is it 1-3-4-2? Or do we need a sweeper, Gary?’ John ‘the Beast’ Simpson ‘This balancing on one leg lark is tougher than it looks, Gary.’ Matt ‘Crouchy’ George Practical Classics is a very broad church, within which we all sit. That simple remit has been part of the magazine’s makeup for over 36 years. The increasing breadth of content is the magazine’s greatest strength but also provides us with the most challenging question: how do we get the blend of cars…

2 min.
ford’s coming home

One in five of the world’s population saw England beat Germany in the World Cup final at Wembley on 11 July 1966. Unlike today’s players, this England team comrpised men of the people who drove the cars the people drove. Fifteen years ago, we at PC gathered a selection of 1966 team cars at the old Wembley, just before the twin towers were knocked down. It was a grand day out with a Brabham Viva as driven by George Cohen, Roger Hunt’s Riley Kestrel, a Ford Zodiac E as owned by Geoff Hurst (and Ray Wilson) and a Ford Anglia, which was Jack Charlton’s ride. But what about the cars the England team drove after the final – in particular the cars they drove when they defended the Cup in Mexico…

1 min.
the month in 5 pictures

Northumberland man Robert Bluck unexpectedly stumbled over his father’s 1934 Sunbeam at the Black Country Living Museum. His dad had sold it in 1939! Female racing drivers assembled at the Royal Automobile Club to promote women in motorsport. Sir Stirling Moss paid wtribute to women racers of all ages. Editor Danny introduces Lord Montegu to our project Model T at the Beaulieu Spring Autojumble. Almost 15,000 visitors rummaged around the 1200 stands. June Wallis - widow of the MG Car Club’s former President Bill - opened a brand new archive facility at Kimber House, housing a range of amazing artifacts. Former Jaguar Chief Exec and Chairman John Egan signs copies of our special edition bookazine on the XJ6 - in shops and online at greatmagazines.com…

1 min.
starting handle

‘Nineties cars are coming… complex ECUs and all’ My inbox is inundated each week with enthusiasts keen to have their superb restorations featured within the pages of Practical Classics . Many of them involve Morris Minors, MGBs and Minis, which stands to reason since these are among the most popular classics out there. But what is this? A chap who has restored his 1991 Rover 216? A couple who have devoted their spare time to restoring an early Renault Clio? A young lad with a Ford Puma, which he’s stripped back to the bare shell? Believe it, folks – Nineties are coming – complex ECUs and all. Each new generation brings with it a new era of classic car. I bought a Rover 75 in 2004 – a beautiful piece of contemporary engineering…

1 min.
prototype prepared

Jensen specialist Rejen has moved the focus of its spares, trimming, restoration and car sales operations to new premises in Itchen Abbas near Winchester and added vehicle storage to its repertoire. Founder Jason Lawrence, his brother Paul and his team marked the move with an open day on May 14 attended by Owners’ Club members and around 50 post-war Jensens. A unique F-type prototype recently saved from the scrap yard and now owned by Rejen was the centre of attention. It was meant to be the Interceptor’s replacement in the early Seventies but the project stalled after five prototypes were built. This is the only known survivor. ‘We see it as a historically important piece of automotive artwork,’ says Jason. ‘The only thing we can do is preserve it as it is, complete…

1 min.
dull but important

The DVLA has claimed that errors in generating V5Cs for defunct manufacturers are system-generated and cannot now be corrected regardless of whether the correct information is supplied. Data is generated from codes provided by manufacturers and there is no means for generating codes for defunct marques or models. The new online MoT system has been experiencing difficulties with non alpha-numeric characters in classic vehicle chassis numbers. According to the FBHVC, the DVLA has stated that the correct procedure is to omit all non alphanumeric values upon system entry. The data will still be correct for the vehicle. If you’re planning to tour the continent in your classic next year, bear in mind that all petrol in Belgium will contain a minimum of 8.5 per cent ethanol content from January 2017. E10 standard…