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Practical Classics

Practical Classics June 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

1 min.
welcome to the workshop

We all love our own classics and most of us have had a classic ambition at some point. A vision of the car we really, really want. Mine was the Jensen Interceptor. It was a want based mostly on the Corgi model of the car I played with as a kid and the simple fact that in Top Trumps, the Interceptor usually beat any other card. I’ve made my dream come true by buying a wreck and almost bankrupting myself in the process of restoring it. No complaints… I blubbed like a baby when it started up for the first time at the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show. Money well spent. Our cover car this issue is another dream come true. I think it might be the first time…

2 min.
from blackpool to ebbw vale in 70 years

Blackpool is coming to Warwickshire in July, and then South Wales later in the year. The reason? 2017 marks 70 years of TVR. To celebrate such a momentous occasion fan Mark Webb is preparing a huge gathering at Chesford Grange in Warwickshire on July 7-9. Special guests will include Martin Lilley, Oliver Winterbottom and Chris Schirle along with John Mleczek who will be hosting a ‘found footage’ factory film show on the Friday night. Celebrations have already started elsewhere. In March a low-key event was held in Blackpool, where TVR built cars between 1947 and 2006. Attended by Martin Lilley, who owned TVR from 1965-82, a cake to celebrate and launch the year’s events was cut at the Morrisy Hotel. Martin Lilley revealed that: ‘The TVR Car Club is planning a summer…

1 min.
the month in 5 pictures

A 1960 Bentley S2, owned by legendary Kinks frontman, Sir Ray Davies, will go under the hammer at Silverstone Auctions’ May Sale on May 13. The very car – chassis 001 – that helped Subaru secure a third consecutive manufacturers’ title in 1997 will be offered for sale by H&H on June 6. The three restoration projects taking part in eBay Car Challenge 2017 have been revealed: a 1967 Alfa Romeo Duetto, a 1974 VW Camper and a 1964 Land Rover. A Limited Edition TX4, one pof the final 300, will be at the London Motor Show. The ultimate send-off will take place at Battersea Park between May 4-7. The Practical Classics Jaguar MKII special publication has a few limited edition copies signed by Fuzz Townshend still available. Visit greatmagazines.co.uk/greatmagazines.co.uk/ practical-classics-specials greatmagazines.co.uk/ practical-classics-specials practical-classics-specials…

2 min.
classic world starting handle

‘Preserve the past while looking to the future’ One of my earliest memories is of kneeling before a vintage Blower Bentley, where I asked the owner what the big silver thing on the front was. The elderly gentleman explained to me in simple terms that it pushed air into the engine to make it go faster. Just a few moments out of his day, but something that, in part, spiked a curiosity that would lead me to writing this today. So often, particularly when talking about more modern classics, we speak of the cars that made an impression on someone in their youth being the car which they go on to lust after owning when they have the opportunity. That’s why, as custodians of classic cars, we need to take the time…

1 min.
this month we love...

It’s knowledge that counts, and that’s something Woolies aren’t short of. Almost any seal, strip or clip for any car is in this emporium hidden in the east of England. We walked in with a box of rotten old window rubbers, door seals and window felt for our Westminster project, unsure they’d be able to help with this rare classic. Almost immediately, we were furnished with the required parts, off the roll and with advice on fitting, too. As well as what we needed for the Westie, Woolies also stock a range of material, fixings, fittings and trim for headlinings to carpet. It’s places like this that ensure a future for our hobby, with stock and knowledge to suit most applications.…

1 min.
classic year record start

Drive it Day, Pride of Longbridge, the Bicester Scramble and our own Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show all reported record numbers as 2017 appears to be the most active classic year for a long time. Over 2000 vehicles attended the Bicester event. Managing Director, Daniel Geoghegan told PC: ‘We are over the moon with the numbers, and our traders all reported good activity.’ It was the same story at Pride of Longbridge, held in gorgoeus spring sunshine on April 15. A staggering 6500 cars populated Cofton Park in Longbridge for the annual celebration of all things Austin, MG, Mini, Rover or Morris. The PC show at the NEC had record numbers and interest in the year’s upcoming festivities is intense. The Festival of the Unexceptional, on July 22, organised by Hagerty…