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Practical Classics November 2015

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

1 min.
welcome to the workshop

Siobhan Rogers Marketing type. Matt Tomkins Project overlord. John Simpson Shed Godfather. Danny Hopkins Thinks he’s driving. Matt George Sub editing guy. Theo Gillam Diesel spiv. Rachael Beesley Supreme being. Clive Jefferson Spade salesman. Richard Dredge Unfortunate roadkill I first met Lord Montagu in 2002, when he apprehended me in Paris while having a sneaky look under the bonnet of the Sunbeam 1000hp record breaker at Retromobile. It was ‘after hours’ at the show and I was having a good look at one of its massive 22.4-litre engines. When I explained myself, he laughed and told me to ‘carry on’ From that point onwards we always exchanged pleasantries when we met. More recently, with the magazine’s sponsorship of the Beaulieu Autojumble, I came into contact with him on many occasions. He was always very supportive of (and slightly amused by) our ‘live’ restoration endeavours. From our resurrection of the MG…

2 min.
lord montagu of beaulieu

Edward Douglas-Scott-Montagu, 3rd Baron Montagu of Beaulieu, passed away on August 31 at the age of 88. Without him, our world would be rather different. His contributions to the classic car scene are so fundamental that they’re often taken for granted. He founded the National Motor Museum; he started the first magazine focused on the ‘old car’ hobby, Veteran and Vintage; and he co-founded the group that because the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs. Motoring hero Lord Montagu had motoring and writing in his blood. He authored 21 books on motoring and other heritage subjects and edited Veteran and Vintage for many years. He established Europe’s largest autojumble – a word he invented himself. What Lord Montagu achieved with the Beaulieu estate is easy to underestimate. In the late-Sixties he raised millions to build a…

1 min.
ogilvy xj-s for the nec show (and the the pc workshop!)

One of the Jaguar XJ-S used by Ian Ogilvy in Return of the Saint is to be shown in its original condition for the last time at the Classic Motor Show in Birmingham next month (November 13-15). The Jaguar, which was used as the lead character’s car throughout the series and bore the famous ST1 registration on screen, will be displayed on the Practical Classics Restoration Show stand over the November weekend, forming the centrepiece of the display. Before the show the XJ-S and the Roger Moore Volvo 1800 returned to Elstree Studios for a reunion with Stage 7, where both The Saint and the Return of the Saint were filmed. That feature will be in the December issue of PC. Following the show, the Ogilvy XJ-S, a rare V12 manual, will be…

1 min.
soul ‘we’re not there yet!’

David Soul has called for help in his quest to restore Ernest Hemingway’s Chrysler New Yorker in Cuba. During a visitto Aldridge Trimming in Wolverhampton to collect trim parts for the restoration (profiled exclusively in PC). ‘For the project and the film we are making to be completed we need investment,’ David told PC. ‘It’s make or break time.’ Aldridge boss Simon Aldridge told PC: ‘ I found him fascinating. He stayed for three hours, choosing materials and discussing trimming with our chaps.’ If you would like to invest in David’s movie project or simply help with parts or services, email editor Danny on danny.hopkins@practicalclassics.co.uk…

1 min.
wolseley unearthed after 40-year slumber

AWolseley 6/90 that has been in the same ownership for almost five decades has been unearthed in Dorking. The car belongs to Peter Page, who has owned the car since the early 1960s. His nephew Roger Granby discovered the car. ‘My uncle – ‘Nuncs’ as we call him – was a bit of a hoarder. I remember him putting the car away in the early-Seventies for a little work, and it never came back out. ‘My uncle is now succumbing to old age and he needs an electric wheelchair – but he has nothing like the funds needed to buy one. Then we remembered the Wolseley.’ The car was stored under wood and carpets for protection, and is covered with foam that has detached from the carpet backing. It’s far from perfect…

1 min.
david newby: obituary

Former Jensen Owners’ Club Chairman David Newby has died following a short illness. Tributes are still flooding in for the man who was one of the leading lights in the Jensen scene. ‘When you happened upon a broken Jensen at a club event, the legs sticking out from under it would invariably belong to David Newby,’ says club member Mark Maniatt. ‘He was a kind and decent bloke who will be forever remembered by all those who were lucky enough to have known him. Regards go to David’s family from all at PC.…