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Practical Classics

Practical Classics June 2018

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

As you read this, we might well be motoring around the UK in our motley collection of old tin, visiting the places you told us were you favourite classic days out. Not a bad week’s work, and made all the better by the prospect of meeting you lot on our travels. That was the best part of last year’s Round Britain Run – the amazing classic gathering we had at each of the places we stopped. Our mates at Footman James will be with us once again this year, in their newly-restored Volkswagen Type 25 van – so there’s no excuse not to come out and play. Read all about it next time. As I write these words I’m getting my Triumph 2000 fixed for the trip, my Jensen having, once…

2 min.
70 gather for the 70th

Fifty Morris Minors and twenty Citroën 2CVs gathered outside the BMW Mini plant in Cowley, Oxford in early April to celebrate the 70th birthday of both cars. The Morris Minor was built at Cowley between 1948 and 1970 and the event kicked off a summer of celebration for both cars. The gathering was also held to see off Practical Classics’ epic 70th anniversary run to Paris (see page 62). PC deputy editor James Walshe said of the day ‘The enthusiasm and passion of all owners present, made clear the importance of these cars.’ Tom Morris, 27, brought his modified 1959 Morris Minor saloon. He said ‘It’s difficult to believe that the original design is 70 years-old. The Morris Minor can keep pace with modern traffic, and is so easy to…

1 min.
the news in 5 pictures

Footman James Insurances’ Type 25 van restored by Practical Classics and CBR Motor Bodies needs a name! Visit footmanjames.co.uk ‘Blog’ before May 25. Beaulieu will launch its summer exhibition ‘The Art of Kustom’ featuring creations from the imagination of car customiser Andy Saunders on June 17. As PC went to press, it was announced that Rick Dickinson, whose lovely BMW 3.0 CSL is in this issue, had died. Our thoughts are with his friends and family. Morgan will bring a Routemaster bus to events through 2018. Built, like the first Plus 8, in 1968 this Routemaster clocked over 1.5 million miles in service. Drive It Day included a 300+ mile epic by the Vauxhall Heritage 30/98 seen here with Vauxhall’s, soon to retire, Denis Chick at Gaydon. We wish you well sir!…

1 min.
starting   handle

‘Everything we do is laced with danger’ You don’t have to get much beyond emptying the ashtray on your classic car to be suddenly at real risk of arc eye; a slipped disc; dermatitis; mental breakdown; and a slow, lingering death from lead poisoning. Everything is terribly dangerous, isn’t it? That tool catalogue in the downstairs toilet may look like a smorgasbord of practical delight but it is in fact a cornucopia of dangers, plying you with all the apparatus for self-harm at hitherto-unseen low prices. Saint B&Q, the patron saint of laceration by power tool, is celebrated every Easter when A&E units are clogged with grit-laden eyes, bleeding digits and battered crania. It’s all too frightening for words. The thing is, though, absolutely everything is laced with danger. We live in…

1 min.
this month we love

Halfords Advanced Mobile Car Maintenance Tool Set PRICE: £200 (was £400) halfords.com If your inner mechanic cries a little when you open the battered lid of your tool box and survey the motley array of mashed, bashed, bent and mongrel tools, it might be time to get yourself down to Halfords for one of these metric sets. With more top-quality 1/4in, 3/8in and 1/2in socketry than you can shake a stick at; combination spanners; hammer; pliers set; screwdrivers; and other general tools. Be kind to yourself and your car – treat yourselves to a present.…

1 min.
1000 miles down

We’ve done it a! After six and a half years, thousands of pounds, hundreds of man-hours and the generosity of dozens of specialists and individuals, the Westminster A105 estate automatic is finished and has now been safely deposited at Anglia Car Auctions in Kings Lynn where it will be sold on June 16 to raise money for Lennox Childrens Cancer Fund. The full story of how we got it there as part of the FBHVC’s 1000-mile reliability run is an exciting tale in itself which you’ll be able to read in the August issue of Practical Classics magazine. The Westminster, one of ten A105 estates built and the only one of these to have been fitted with an automatic gearbox, was saved from the Banger track by Rob George of Anglia…