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Practical Classics

Practical Classics June 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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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
welcome to the pc stand

Danny Hopkins Editor Yes sir, they are all for sale… especially James. Matt George Production Ed I am available for selfies, weddings and funerals. Lisamarie Johnson Art Director I’m not selling this sunvisor, instead I’ll be using it as a bat. John Simpson Chief mechanic I’ve got a sensitive pallet you know. Neil Campbell Restoration Editor You can have a cultural tour of Wood End with every set of overalls. Sam Glover Technical Ed Drink this and your classic will cure itself! James Walshe Deputy Editor Wolf nipple chips, larks tongues, otters noses… I am deeply fascinated by cars of all description, but could I love a modern? The answer is no, which means I am probably in the right job. It’s worth analysing why though. We share an office with CAR Magazine and Parkers Car Price Guide and the staff of those esteemed organs are often found fawning over the…

1 min.
polo 40th celebration

Danny says... Great show, but is it time for a rethink? I thoroughly enjoyed visiting Essen. My feet ached by the end and I still had that nagging feeling that I had missed a hall. It was great to see the big manufacturers taking their heritage duties seriously again but – and this is a big but – a major show that shunts its clubs to the periphery, squeezing them into a pokey upstairs space, has to look at itself and ask… what is the point of this event? Volkswagen marked the Polo’s 40th birthday in style at Techno Classica Essen, with a lavish exhibition featuring landmark Polos from the model’s past including production and prototype cars. The exhibit was fronted by a Polo MkI in Oceanic Blue (only available in the first year…

1 min.
news in brief

Speedy HGVs Speed limits for HGVs have risen from 40 to 50mph (single carriageway) and from 50 to 60mph (dual carriageway/motorways). It is the first speed limit change for HGVs in over 50 years. Triumphant 1300 tally The Triumph Dolomite Club need 50 Triumph 1300s to attend a 50th birthday bash at Coventry Motofest, May 29-31. Email: triumph_1300_50at50@outlook.com Rover V8 50th birthday The P6 Rover Owners’ Club invites Rover V8-powered cars to join them for a birthday celebration at Gaydon on August 9th. www.p6roc.com Box of delights A garage full of unused new-old stock car spares dating back to the Sixties has been found in South Wales. Unopened boxes contained parts for classics as diverse as the Matra Bagheera and Ford Fiesta MkI. They’ve been bought by restorer Tom Shackston who can be contacted via his website:…

1 min.
beaulieu bonanza

Beaulieu is reverberating to the sound of spare parts being unloaded, ready for the world-famous Spring Autojumble. The event on May 16-17 will see enthusiasts rummaging through thousands of automotive treasures and is expected to draw crowds of enthusiasts and restorers from across the UK, all keen to find that elusive part. Practical Classics is going to be there and will launch a new competition to win a Westfield – our sports car project that’s been a decade in the making. Emerging from the depths of the PC workshop, our two-seater is finally complete and could be ending up in your driveway! There’ll be a chance to meet the PC team, which will be doing a live engine rebuild.The Beaulieu Autojumble is also the venue for Moggy Fest – an extravaganza celebrating the…

1 min.
longbridge united

Ten thousand enthusiasts attended a rally on April 18 to mark ten years since the end of Rover at Longbridge. Vehicles gathered for the Pride of Longbridge event at Crofton Park, after flooding all routes into Birmingham during the morning. Cars ranging from Allegros, Austin 7s, Maestros, Metros Minis and Rovers of all eras were present, as part of the annual event to celebrate the Birmingham built cars of Austin, Rover, BMC and British Leyland. This year was particularly poignant, as it marked ten years since the Rover factory shut. Numerous events took place during the day, including a competition to win a restored Maestro van, donated in aid of the Midlands Air Ambulance. OCTAGONAL OVATION MG owners banded together on April 11 to break a Guinness World Record for the largest parade of MGs ever…

2 min.
the classic survey

Who took part ? We sent out a huge online questionnaire to our database and that of classic insurer Footman James. We also stopped people at the Classic Motor Show last November to ask them the same questions. It was all done at random and gives an unbiased reflection of the current state of our hobby. Thanks to Footman James Insurance for the effort they put in to make it work. Three trends… modern classics are growing in popularity, we’re driving further than we were and spending a bit more. How long have you owned a classic or vintage vehicle? More than 20 years 38.3% 10-20 years 25.3% Under 12 months 3.1% 1-5 years 14.4% 5-10 years 18.9% In what year was your oldest classic built? Have you broken down in the past 12 months? Yes 16.1% No 83.9% Can you…