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Practical Classics

Practical Classics July 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

Nothing prepared us for the reception we got on our round Britain run. We visited the 12 top classic cafes nominated by you over eight days, judging each eatery as we piled on the miles (and pounds). The food was good but the reception was off the scale. Every time we pulled up at a cafe there you were, in your classics, waiting and watching as we stuffed our faces with naughty food. We think, during the pop-up car shows at each cafe and on the road, we met over 850 classics and their owners. It was overwhelming and potentially record-breaking. An eight-day, nationwide classic car extravaganza – Britain’s biggest ever classic show. It might be stretching a point a bit, but will I plant that flag in the record…

2 min.
victor on the line

It’s a 70th birthday that has slipped under the radar – but we thought long and hard about an appropriately ambitious scheme to celebrate the Victor at 70. Then we asked Vauxhall if we could do it at their place and they said yes. We wanted to have an early Victor pay a return visit to the Luton factory – 70 years after the first one came off the line, so at 4pm on April 20 we drove through the gates and entered Luton’s works compound. The car we chose was a 1960 Envoy Custom – a Canadian export Victor owned by Rick Wells. Experiencing the scale of Luton as we drove on to the vast AA shop floor is one we will never forget. The plant is not of the same…

1 min.
the month in 5 pictures

On May 13, 30 Jensens gathered near Winchester as Rejen Sales held its second open day. The company also unveiled its four-year Jensen FF resto project. The 2017 Glastonbury Festival will include a drive-in classic car cinema including 50 Jaguar X300/X308 saloons. The modified cars will be retained and reused. More than 50 examples of the Jaguar XJ220 will meet to celebrate its 25th anniversary at the Silverstone Classic on July 29 – a record-breaking gathering. AAJaguar J E-type was stolen at the Donington Historic Festival Fes on April 29. The 1965 4.2 FHC is registered ELO 775 775 C. Any info? Call 101 and quote reference 17*178393. Timo T m Mäkinen has died aged 79. His 1965 Monte Carlo Ra Raly win created his fame… Mäkinen also won the 1000 Lakes Lak Rally…

2 min.
starting handle

‘You can pick these cars up for pennies right now’ I saw a new car I liked the other day. It was a Volvo S90 – a huge and very expensive executive thing with an unusual but handsome presence and a cool, soothing Swedish interior. However, the principle reason for liking it is because in 15 years time, nobody else will. In 2032, this spiritual successor to the Amazon and 740 will be available online for less than the price of a bag of chips. The S90 will be neither desirable in 2032, nor at that stage will it have become a classic. So too, charismatic ‘moderns’ such as the Citroën Cactus, Nissan Juke and Skoda Yeti. The ‘Fifteen Year Factor’ will have kicked in, most examples will be heading for the…

1 min.
spring’s best jumble

The 24th Beaulieu Spring Autojumble, sponsored by Practical Classics , attracted 16,390 visitors over the weekend of May 13-14. Numbers were up 1655 up on last year’s figure of 14,735 visitors, making it one of the best attended Spring jumbles in years. This year the show included MoggyFest and Friends with over 160 Minors on display. The Classic Hearse Register also brought along a unique collection including what is believed to be the only Cortina MkI Hearse in existence. The Wessex Car Club was out in force and the Retro Caravan Club recreated the look and feel of campsites of the past. The Practical Classics magazine team made Beaulieu’s Spring Autojumble the final stop on a massive classic round-Britain road trip – judging the nation’s favourite cafes. James Walshe’s Citroën…

1 min.
welding synergy telwin maxima 190 synergic mig welder

£460 inc vat weldingsuperstore.co.uk This microprocessor-controlled welder is perfect for classic car restoration. It’s the machine we use in the PC workshop and it handles all we throw at it with ease. It’s lightweight yet heavy duty and this latest model features several improvements over its predecessor including a simplified setting guide and improved wire feed. This machine is able to give a great result even for those without much welding experience. Synergic control allows you to simply set the thickness of material to be welded following the simple grid inside the lid, connect the earth and you’re good to go. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even set it up for MIG Brazing cast iron and swap between Gas and Gasless MIG as required. If collected from Welding Superstore, it will offer…