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Practical Classics

Practical Classics March 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

‘My right leg five feet long is.’ Danny ‘Yoda’ Hopkins ‘Arrrrgghhhhh – arreeuuueeeegh!’ Matt ‘Chewy’ George ‘Help me everyone, you’re my only hope.’ Lisamarie ‘Leia’ Johnson ‘I am your father Matt. Feel the power of the dark side.’ James ‘Darth’ Walshe ‘These are actually my GCSE results from last year.’ Matt ‘Skywalker’ Tomkins ‘I am holding an invisible Ewok.’ Sam ‘Han’ Skelton Never, in the field of workshop conflict, did the course of a decent project run smooth and this one has been a case in point. We started working on our M535i three years ago and have gone through the inevitable bodywork, engine and suspension issues along the way. We had a set of wheels stolen, discovered way more rot than we expected and in dealing with it committed a schoolboy error. We melted the wiring loom by mistake. That’s why…

2 min.
ford fiesta at 40

This year, Ford celebrates 40 years of its first globally successful front-wheel drive baby, the perfectly packaged Fiesta. With an emphasis on simplicity and cost efficiency, Ford’s first supermini quickly stole sales from existing European rivals such as the Fiat 127, Peugeot 104 and Renault 5, with the millionth Fiesta finding its new home in 1979 after just three years of production. ‘Project Bobcat’ was approved for development in September 1972 by Henry Ford II, who also gave the car its Fiesta name, despite the marketing team at the time favouring ‘Bravo’. Production took place in Valencia, Cologne and Dagenham, with the US only model built in Saarlouis in Germany. It was exported to America until 1980 complete with catalytic converter, air conditioning and a 1596cc version of the older Crossflow version of…

1 min.
the month in 5 pictures

After a record breaking second outing in 2015, tickets are on sale for the Practical Classics Restoration and Classic Car Show (NEC, March 5-6). The Beaulieu Spring Autojumble is on May 21-22 and PC will be revealing a very special project at the event. Book your cheap tickets at www.beaulieu.co.uk To celebrate the Morris Minor Owners’ Club’s 40th anniversary the second Morris Vehicle Rally will be held between July 1-3 at Catton Hall, Derbyshire. The 2,000,000th Land Rover Defender sold at auction in London for £400,000 (December 16, 2015). Proceeds went to JLR charity partners. Voting is now open for the Practical Classics Restorer of the Year 2015 competition. Visit restoreroftheyear.co.uk to cast your vote.…

1 min.
starting handle

‘We’re lucky to have such a choice of car shows’ Recently, I accidentally walked into the side of a phone box. At the time my nose was glued, ironically, to my mobile phone. The subsequent bump on the head only served to make me angrier, because I’d been reading an Internet forum, on which a man was being furiously berated for putting aftermarket alloy wheels on his MGB. It got me thinking about a time when we didn’t resemble fuming zombies, prodding and swiping at tiny screens and hiding behind pseudonyms. I’m grateful to have been witness to mankind’s technological progress in the past 20 years but I’ve seen some seriously ugly comments on internet forums recently. Mike Brewer, our cover star this issue, gets more than his fair share of flak. On…

1 min.
this month we love...

www.lasertools.co.uk We love the idea that high frequency soundwaves sent through a liquid solution can clean parts. This unit (part number 6164) is larger than most with a 13 litre fluid tank (330x300x150mm exterior dimensions). It’s equally as effective on unseen small crevices and blind holes as on visible surfaces through ‘acoustic cavitation’. The ultrasonic cleaner is more effective on lightly soiled items, heavy grease and corrosion wasn’t dislodged, on intricate parts with tough to reach dirt – it worked a treat. Time and temperature settings vary the intensity of the cleaning. It doesn’t however pick up Kerrang Radio……

1 min.
pc resto show… it’s well cushty indeed!

More project cars have been announced for the Practical Classics Restoration and Classic Car Show on March 5-6. Star of the Live Stage will be the Reliant Regal Supervan III from Only Fools and Horses. Specifically, it’s the vehicle used in famed episode ‘Heroes and Villains’ (featuring Del Boy and Rodney dressed as Batman and Robin) and will be rebuilt and driven off stage by a cast member from the programme. Owned by former producer John Sullivan, it hasn’t been seen in public since 1997. The PC team members will also be refitting the rebuilt suspension and wheels to the Westminster A95 estate project, and editor Danny Hopkins’ Jensen Interceptor will be reunited with its rebuilt Chrysler V8 unit. The Jaguar XJ-S from the Return of the Saint will also be there…