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Practical Classics November 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

When we talk to our classic-owning mates, we often get the impression they stop their hobby for winter. To some of them it is a time for putting things away and shutting the garage door. ‘Laying up for winter’ is the phrase we often hear. It makes sense I suppose. Carefully putting your classic under a sheet means it doesn’t have to fight the salt sludge or put its electrical systems to the sword. But it’s also a bit of a shame. I wouldn’t necessarily suggest you do what we do every winter and use your classics, or even buy classics specifically for use during the dark months, but don’t forget your cars. Why not give it a run on a dry day when the winter sun is bright and the…

2 min.
barrie bows out

Tributes have been paid throughout the classic car world to one of motoring’s most charismatic personalities, Barrie ‘Whizzo’ Williams, who recently passed away after a short illness at the age of 79. Whizzo was a leading light in the world of historic racing, following an illustrious career spanning six decades. Racing was in Barrie’s blood. His first race as a youngster saw him going sideways to victory in a Morris Minor on Easter Sunday, 1960. Paying for his racing by working as a lorry driver, he went on to famously take the chequered flag driving a Mini Cooper S at the 1964 Welsh Rally. It was there he earned the nickname ‘Whizzo’ after being branded a ‘Welsh Whizz-kid’ by a reporter. A subsequent two-year stint in Formula Three ended when his…

1 min.
the month in 5 pictures

Andrew Honeybill and Martin Gee are awarded this year’s best autojumble stand at Beaulieu by judges Lord Montagu, Lolly Lee and PC’s James Walshe. Record crowds turned up for the Land Rover Owner Show in Peterborough. Enthusiasts got driving demos and tech workshops at the year’s biggest Landie event. Legends of Le Mans packed-out a Q&A at Goodwood on the subject of the 24 Hours race, fronted by Alain de Cadenet, Gordon Murray, Derek Bell and Jochen Mass. Deliveries of Jaguar’s electric E-type Zero will begin in 2020, according to JLR. No doubt pleasing purists far and wide, the conversion is said to be reversible. Almost every remaining right hand drive Citroën Visa turned up for the model’s 40th birthday bash. Of 49,495 sold here, only 21 remain licenced in the UK.…

2 min.
starting handle

As a bona fide idiot, I’m constantly trying to find solutions to problems that don’t exist. Like building an angle-grinder stand for all the angle grinders I’ve accumulated or building a stupidly large wheeling machine as I thought it’d be useful to have the capability of wheeling up repair panels for a London bus. I have three bench grinders – three . I also have a linisher (a bloody awkward linisher) along with other tools, particularly ones that are tough to handle. The most difficult things to pick up, hold on to, and move are bags of sand, someone else’s neonate, any type of cat and dead bodies. Oh, and Clarke’s woodworking belt sander. It’s a great tool; it just feels flimsy when I try to pick it up. ‘My tools…

1 min.
50 years of datsun uk

There are a number of significant motoring milestones in 2018, but one anniversary that has escaped notice belongs to Nissan/ Datsun. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the marque’s introduction to the UK. There are no major events planned to celebrate, but one car has come to light that was there at the start. The Datsun brand was officially launched at the 1968 Earl’s Court show with sales starting the same month. Prior to this a batch of six cars representing the full range intended for the UK market were imported for evaluation and publicity purposes, these cars being made available to the motoring press of the day including Motor , Autocar and CAR for road-testing. The only surviving example from this batch of consecutively registered press vehicles belongs to Mark…

1 min.
stop press

NEW MINI REGISTER The MINI Y Register, for all modern MINIs built in 2001, was started over two years ago and has gone from strength to strength. Now there is an 02 S Register for all MINI Cooper S (R53) models built in 2002, the first year of MINI Cooper S production. 02sregister.co.uk . AUSTIN 7 FOR LOAN PROJECT A 1934 Austin Seven saloon has been offered by the Pre War Austin Seven Club to the classic Car Loan Project, designed to encourage new enthusiasts into the classic vehicle movement. The PWA7C has sourced the 1934 saloon with the clear intention of giving an extended driving opportunity to a newcomer. The car has been prepared and will be available in early 2019 for the remainder of the year. It will also be on show…