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Practical Classics

Practical Classics May 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

What a brilliant weekend. Thanks again to everyone who attended the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show that, once again, earned itself the unofficial title of ‘The Friendly Show’. I’ve never been to a more active classic car event, which is odd given that it was also the most relaxed and chilled out Resto Show so far. The PC team brought along twelve of our own cars to various stands – and worked on four of them through the weekend including the 2CV that we built on the Live Stage. Watching a car spring into life after 43 years dormant was the most emotional moment of the three days. And there was plenty of emotion. I met Harris Mann for the first time, interviewed Tom Karen in front of the…

2 min.
the greatest show!

‘It’s a show full of the very best experiences and the best people’ This year’s Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show broke all records as the NEC was inundated with enthusiasts from across the world. An astonishing 28,151 visitors descended upon the Birmingham venue to see more than 1000 classics on stands hosted by a record 159 classic car clubs. Throughout the weekened, each club presented their own fascinating restoration demonstrations, while on the Practical Classics Live Stage with Discovery, the PC team unveiled the results of their own project car – a 1954 Citroën 2CV. Discovered by Assistant Editor James Walshe in December, the car was rebuilt in front of an audience who watched it start and drive for the first time in 43 years. ‘We began with a bare…

1 min.
the show in 5 pictures

Team PC prepares to open show: our stand hosted Matt G’s project TR6 and Gerry Marshall’s incredible Rover 75 coupé and the FIAT 500 Restorer of the Year. The Sporting Bears Motor Club broke records by raising an amazing £15,800 for children’s charities, by taking visitors for rides outside the NEC complex. The winner of our Restorer of the Year prize was announced on the PC stand when Colin Hitchcock took the Golden Spanner for his stunning 1973 Fiat 500. Visitors were treated to live demonstrations, tips and advice at the Skill Shack Restoration Theatre, hosted by Mike Coman from Gilbert-Michaelson Restorations. The NEC halls were heaving al l weekend, with clubs, fans and specialists.…

2 min.
starting handle

‘Do these new wonder products really work?’ The internet contains millions of car facts, some good, some not. At times it can be a little difficult to separate fact from opinion. If you read ‘Drill holes in your radiator to improve airflow…’ you’ll know it’s nonsense but there is some dangerously nuanced stuff out there. Ranging from a bit mixed up but good at heart, to simply wrong, to created to sell a product or service. For instance.. home-made trackers. Garages handing over key rings that contain a tracking device is a bit far fetched… but tracking devices fitted under cars at shows by thieves is a real worry. Fuel catalysts? There are simply loads for sale on eBay. A choice of pellets of some sort of alloy to drop into any…

1 min.
mot exemption tips

The DfT still hasn’t released detailed advice on how to become MoT exempt after regulations take effect on May 20, 2018. With only a few weeks until that date there will be many clubs unable to advise all their members. In the absence of the DfT transitional advice, it is recommended that any MoT expiring prior to the next VED date is renewed otherwise the vehicle could be flagged up on any ANPR check. This advice would be whether the MoT expires before or after May 20, 2018. Here is what we know though. The keeper of a vehicle that reaches the 40th anniversary of manufacture (if that is known) or date of first registration will have the right to claim exemption from an annual Statutory Vehicle Test (MoT) subject to…

1 min.
this month we love...

Dust Extractor 1230: £459.80 DEOS 383CV: £399.36 mirka.co.uk Bodywork can be a filthy process – with serious health implications if proper protection isn’t used. That’s where this dustless sanding system from Mirka comes in. The Mirka DEOS 383CV seen here is ideally suited for car repairs. Teamed with the Mirka Dust Extractor 1230, which boasts a high performance motor and turbine, creating 250 mbar vacuum and 4500 l/min air flow, sanding dust is a thing of the past. Suitable for both wet and dry applications, this pairing is a great investment for your workshop.…