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Practical Classics March 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 yorkshire

My new year resolutions always include: ‘I must finish my projects,’ and: ‘I must cut down my fleet.’ Worthy ambitions and always two that I aim for with a bit of a twinkle in my eye. Not this year though. Just before the end of 2017 we were contacted with some sobering news. A vast collection of mainly rare Rootes cars and some even rarer examples from the Panhard stable were being systematically dragged off to a scrapyard for disposal. This collection, the life work of two brothers, was strictly guarded by the owners. Now they are deceased there is no succession plan of any sort. This simply means that the low value cars are being destroyed along with trailer loads of irreplaceable parts. I am sure this cannot be what…

2 min.
escort birthday bash?

WHERE IS IT NOW? According to DVLA records XPU 6F has been untaxed since October 1982. Does it still survive today? January 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the Ford Escort but this year’s show diary is surprisingly devoid of a one-off special event to mark the half century. Parent company Ford UK told PC that it is planning something but has not yet decided what it is or where it will be. Two events on the same weekend at Castle Combe and Brands Hatch Circuits on September 22-23 will celebrate the car’s sporting achievements. The 50th anniversary of the original Ford Escort MkI twin-cam will be a key theme of the Castle Combe Rallyday on the Saturday. The following day, the Historic Sports Car Club will mark 50 years of the Escort’s…

1 min.
the month in 5 pictures

It’s your last chance to buy the PC British Leyland special publication. You can still find it online at greatmagazines.co.uk/practical-classics-specials 1119 classics and 5635 fans attended Brooklands’ New Year’s Day gathering. The day was the first chance for many to see the recently reopened finishing straight. The last element of the former MG Rover Car Company has been handed over to Leacy Motor Group. Parts division XPart is now part of Leacy’s business. To celebrate Land Rover’s 70th birthday this year, an original 1948 Amsterdam Motor Show launch Series 1 has been found and will now be fully restored. New classes and content are being added to our Skill Shack video library with the latest topics centring around paint preparation. skillshack.co.uk…

1 min.
starting handle

In late 2017 the Fédération International des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA) published its much anticipated 117-page ‘Charter of Turin’. The document covers topics from paint repairs to much more controversial theories on what makes a car historic, and it’s these thoughts that should make us sit up and take notice. Why? Because FIVA influences government policy on classic cars in many countries. Its recent re-defining of historic vehicles made the headlines when it ruled out classics with modifications, or those in daily use. This time FIVA’s Culture Commission president, Roberto Loi, wants better-than-new ‘mint’ restorations to be thought of as modified: we wouldn’t do it to a Greek temple, he argues, so why do it to a car? Many car owners will baulk at the unthinkable idea that their immaculately restored classic…

1 min.
this month we love...

12in Hydraulic wheel skates £96 each cjautosheywood.co.uk Here at PC we’re used to pushing dead cars around, but in a tight workshop space, it is often a challenge to get them exactly where we want them . These skates from CJ Autos Heywood make life easier. Simply expand the skate around the wheel, turn the valve on the jack and pump, the skate moves together lifting the wheel clear of the floor and onto four casters, two of which can be locked, enabling the car to be moved wherever required. Each skate is rated up to 680 kg and is suitable for up to 17in wheels with a maximum 330mm tyre width. Buy a pair or complete set of four and you’ll wonder what you did without them.…

1 min.
classics protected from scrappage

After much deliberation and pressure from the Practical Classics editorial office, Ford UK will no longer allow classics to be traded in as part of its scrappage scheme. Originally, any vehicle built before January 1, 2010 could be traded in but now Ford says that any vehicles ‘classified as ‘historic vehicles’ by the DVLA will not automatically be scrapped’ from 2018. So far, Ford has scrapped more than any other manufacturer with over 8000 cars processed through its scrappage scheme but won’t say how many of those were classics. PC is aware of further classics being sent to the crusher through scrappage schemes and, despite Ford’s educated decision, others may continue to turn a blind eye to the destruction of national heritage despite representations from Practical Classics and classic car…