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Practical Classics

Practical Classics November 2017

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

News that a 40-year rolling MoT exemption will be in force from May 20, 2018 has divided opinion. The decision has been backed by some members of the FBHVC, a handful of MPs and a minority of enthusiasts. I like to think that their campaign was based around a belief that MoT exemption will benefit the wider movement as a whole. It doesn’t stop me profoundly disagreeing with them. The safety arguements have been made before in this column. They are so obvious and it is beyond me how anyone can’t see them. Classics used infrequently need more testing, not less. Ever seen a perished seal? And separating us from the bulk of road users who are required to have a valid test is unbelievably foolish. It leaves us exposed and…

1 min.
tina takes the stage

Completion of the PC -backed project to restore the unique TVR Tina prototype is in sight. Owned by Tina Lynch, daughter of racing legend Gerry Marshall, the car was named after her (she was a newborn at the time) by Gerry at an early design stage. Thought lost for several years, the Fioredesigned Tina resurfaced in the late Nineties and was bought by Tina, who has spent a huge amount of time and money on the meticulous nut and bolt restoration of the 1967 Paris Motor Show prototype. Practical Classics came on board in 2013, had the glass remade by Pilkington and brought the retrimmed car back to life on the main stage at the Practical Classics Restoration Show in 2015. The mighty challenges came thick and fast but now with…

1 min.
the month in 5 pictures

PC’s Goodwood Revival car of the show had to be the Austin Metropolitan in the St. Mary’s Trophy race. Well done all at CCK Historic for providing the spectacle. The MG Car Club event at Chateau Impney featured Prince Charles’ MGC-GT. It was recently restored at Manchester College of Arts and Technology. A charitable Trust is to be formed to push on plans for a £25 million Scottish National Motorsport Heritage Centre at the Rest and Be Thankful hillclimb in Argyll. A 30,000 square foot, 10-building expansion of the Bicester Heritage site has been made possible by £3million worth of development funding. Our latest special publication is on the shelves of WHSmiths and at greatmagazines.co.uk so if you are a fan of Rovers P4, P5 or P6 then snap one up now.…

2 min.
starting handle

‘Laws are made for the idiots, not the majority’ My classic’s MoT costs an average of £40 a year, less than a £1 a week. For that I get a dispassionate, rigorous third-party appraisal of my car and its ability not to kill me or other road users, conducted by a trained expert. I welcome it and, especially when my kids travel with me, I welcome the fact most other road users cars’ have to undergo the same stringent test as mine (unless their owners are flouting the law). I go to a test station that understands classics, I observe the tester as they assess my classic and I take note of advisories when they occur. It’s a bargain, and I’ll carry on with it, even after the Government introduces a 40-year…

2 min.
as divisive as brexit

Plans that will mean all cars over 40 years old will soon be exempt from the annual MoT test have thrown the classic world into chaos, with those in favour of the move clashing with those who consider it a retrograde step. The Department for Transport announced the changes in early September, despite more than 60 per cent of the 2000 classic enthusiasts who responded to a Government consultation telling them it was a bad idea. Parliamentary undersecretary of state for roads, local transport and devolution, Jesse Norman MP, said: ‘We would like to thank all those who responded to the consultation,’ but concluded, ‘After considering the responses, we have decided to exempt most vehicles over 40 years old.’ The all-party parliamentary historic vehicles group chairman, Sir Greg Knight MP, told PC:…

1 min.
this month we love...

Chicago Brand Open-End Ratchet Spanners From £45 toolexpert.uk We know that classic car maintenance and restoration can be tough, so anything that makes life a little easier is great in our book. That’s exactly what these nifty open-ended ratchet spanners from Chicago Brand do. They have a swing angle of only 30°, making them ideal for accessing that hard-to-reach fastener. The fulcrum works to transfer the handle force into a gripping action, and grip more as force is applied to the handle, which means any stubborn fixing has met its match. There are four sets available: 3-pc, 8-pc and 10-pc in both metric and AF so there’s a set for you whatever your classic. A must-have in your tool box.…