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Practical Classics

Practical Classics June 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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in this issue

2 min.
welcome to the workshop

‘I only popped in to read the electric meter.’ Terry Johnson ‘I say let them eat cake. Oh… can I have a bit?’ John Simpson, Chief mechanic ‘Just make grunty noises and Danny will think we’re working.’ Andrew Stone & Sandy Hamilton ‘Quick, get the glue. I’m falling over…’ Matt Tomkins & James Dyer ‘They have all passed the workshop teamaking test.’ Danny Hopkins, Chief taster New blood. Our hobby needs it desperately and nowhere is that need more pressing than in the world of restoration. In the last issue we put out a clarion call encouraging colleges to take up the new Restoration Skills apprenticeship course, promoted by the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs and piloted by Bicester college. Well this issue I am pleased to report that Bicester Heritage has joined forces with the college to create…

1 min.
vote for your 100 favourite classics

A lot can happen in a dozen years. The last time Practical Classics asked you to name your favourite classic, we had a Labour government, Facebook didn’t exist and nobody had heard of ‘selfies’ As each decade passes, we seem to fall for the vehicles of twenty years previous. So just as classics of the Eighties began to surface in 2004, does the march of time mean we’re about to witness the debut of classics of the Nineties? Last time, our intriguing list was topped by the Morris Minor and followed by a host of homegrown classics: the Jaguar E-type, MGB and Mini. Gatecrashing the Brit party at number five was the stylish Citroën DS. But trouncing the competition, thanks to an ever-enthusiast band of owners and admirers, was that all-conquering Moggie. It’ll…

1 min.
the month in 5 pictures

Plant Oxford celebrated 15 years since the production of the first new MINI on April 26, 2001. Production workers are pictured with two of the earliest cars. The Drive It Day event at Cowley celebrated the Rover SD1’s 40th and Rover 800’s 30th. Numbers were boosted after the cancellation of Pride of Longbridge. The Drive it Day Sunday Scramble at Bicester Heritage attracted more than 3500 people on April 24. 1500 cars and 30 classic car clubs were also in attendance. The 1978 3.0 S Capri from The Professionals ‘VHK 495S’ sold for £55k at H&H’s Duxford sale on April 20. It beat the former Minder Capri that went for just over £52k. The latest Skill Shack video tutorials are now online. They include a complete leather care guide and the secrets of classic…

2 min.
starting handle

‘The heart of the magazine was always the workshop’ Please forgive a little self-indulgence here as I celebrate 20 years of continuous contribution to Practical Classics with a look back at our various workshops. Because for me the PC workshop has always felt like the heart of the magazine, where we made more mess and memories than ever came out of the office. When I first got involved with the magazine way back in 1996 the workshop was nothing more than a double lock-up behind a Peterborough printing works, and ‘facilities’ consisted of a petrol station round the corner. It always seemed to be winter there as well, except for when current Classic Cars editor Phil Bell and myself were sweating profusely for two days while building our own engine crane. On…

1 min.
classic car academy!

After calling the classic apprentice world to arms in the previous issue, Practical Classics can report that Bicester College has bitten the bullet and set up a bespoke classic skills training centre at Bicester Heritage. With the continuing support of the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs and Bicester Heritage the college has leased the former Engine Test building and are equipping it so that up to 40 apprentices every year can graduate in a whole spectrum of classic skills. Course tutor Dhugal Hunt explained to PC: ‘The college is taking a long-term view because the start up costs are absolutely huge for something on this scale. The college and its parent organisation Activate have seen the potential to make this site the UK centre, so hats o to them.’ The support of…

1 min.
clarke cig1216 instant garage

Machine Mart £310.80 inc. VAT www.machinemart.co.uk We have a new workshop at our workshop. Thanks to Machine Mart you too can have an undercover workspace for those rainy and wintry days when working outside seems too much of a chore. The new range of instant garages o er weather protection for far less outlay than building a garage from bricks and mortar. Prices start from £274.80 and rise to £454.80 and vary from 10ft to 20ft in length. Widths also vary. We think this is brilliant way to boost the space you have at home – just make sure your neighbours will be understanding before you buy one!…