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Practical Classics May 2017

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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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United Kingdom
R 65,32
R 617,17
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
welcome to the pc live stage

Every time we plan a new issue we try to cover as many eras and cars as possible. It is impossible to please everyone but we always give it our best shot. We also think about what impression the magazine will give to someone new to the hobby. Capturing new enthusiasts isn’t just important for the magazine – it is essential for everyone. I hope we are doing our bit. With the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, our SkillShack videos, last year’s Top 100 Classics reader vote and the Britain’s Favourite Classic Café competition, we are trying hard to get classics into the public consciousness. If these efforts only get a few hundred people to start thinking about owning an older car, then hurrah! Because new people coming into the…

2 min.
you helped us make it great!

‘In just three years this event has grown to half the size of the Classic Motor Show’ What a weekend! A record 25,128 classic enthusiasts attended the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show at the NEC on March 31 – April 2, making it the biggest yet with a 20% uplift from 2016. A total of 132 clubs worked their socks off all weekend, with more fettling away live than ever before. And the two PC projects on the show’s Live Stage – Editor Danny’s Jensen Interceptor and the Austin Westminster – both ran, with the A105 estate going a step further, being driven on and off stage, the first time it has moved under its own power in four decades. The Classic Car Club Awards on the Saturday night saw…

1 min.
the month in 5 pictures

It was a truly remarkable event. Backstage at the NEC the team from CBR and PC got the project Austin Westminster driving for the first time in 40 years. Winner of the best stand over 75sq ft, the Jowett Car Club who built a Javelin from an Airfix kit of parts. The Allard Owners’ Club won the under 75sq ft prize. Guy Loveridge and former Top Gear presenter Steve Berry with the Austin 16 that drove them safely around Europe 70 years on from the original promotional tour. The 2017 PC Restorer of the Year, Vic Young, receives his golden spanner from Ant Anstead, Mike Brewer and Danny Hopkins on the PC stand. Well done, Vic! Yes, James Walshe’s 1971 Citroën D Special made it to the Live Stage after securing its first MoT…

1 min.
starting handle

‘Those last buildings must be preserved’ A powerhouse of engineering brilliance, Birmingham still clatters to the sound of industry today. Why it no longer makes cars is a debate that’ll rage on for decades but when I moved there in the mid-2000s, the sight of bulldozers lining up outside Longbridge was heartbreaking. The bright new future promised when PC visited in 2002 has given way to the desolate scene I witnessed last month. Despite being home to a small team of engineers, there are questions over the future of the production sheds and the admin offices – once a hive of great promise, but now empty and silent. There are many companies whose histories are littered with managerial calamity – and by 2004, with questionable governance and starved of investment, MGR simply could…

3 min.
the big fat sausage tour

The votes have been counted, the route has been decided and the classics are being prepped. The Practical Classics team, along with partner Footman James Insurance, will embark on a 1600-mile road trip in early May, taking in Britain’s 12 best roadside cafés – as voted for by you. The trek begins on May 5 at the Ace Café, where London-based readers are invited to gather for a classic breakfast to see the team off on their journey north. ‘We’re raring to go – and we want you to meet up with us all along the route,’ says PC editor Danny Hopkins. ‘Have a look at the schedule (opposite page), grab a napkin and bring your classic!’ After leaving London, the team will veer off the A1 for lunch at the Garwick Café…

1 min.
my month in 5 pictures

Ben from Vintage Tyres loaded my £250 estate with new rubber for my Saab and our Westminster project. An outing in the Dyane to Cotswold Airport with some good mates from the Wessex Citroën Car Club. I visited Gaydon for the first time in years. My mate’s mum used to take us to Cubs in a Cortina just like this. Waving Guy Loverage and Steve Berry off on their epic trip from Norway to Geneva in a 1946 Austin 16. I went to Retro Classics in Stuttgart and saw a truly intriguing bunch of cars we rarely see in Britain.…