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Practical Classics October 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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1 min.
back to the workshop

Matt George ‘McFly’ ‘Who nicked my plutonium?’ Marty McTomkins ‘I don’t think this baby will do 88 miles per hour!’ James ‘Biff’ Walshe ‘See what 1.21 gigawatts does to my hair?’ Richard ‘Mad Dog’ Gunn ‘I prefer Doctor Who .’ Einstein ‘Get me out of here.’ Sam ‘Griff’ Glover ‘I could build you a flux capacitor quite easily.’ John ‘Doc Emmett’ Simister ‘Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.’ How times change. Or do they? This month, our welcome page pays tribute to the Back to the Future film trilogy – introduced to UK cinema-goers 30 years ago. In the story, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is sent back to October 1955 and later (or earlier) to 1885 in a time machine made out of a DeLorean. At one point, Marty is flung forward to October 2015. There (or indeed here!) he’s confronted with…

2 min.
all go for nec classic show

Classic car clubs around the country are gearing up for what’s expected to be the biggest NEC Classic Motor Show yet on November 13-15. Many of the clubs will be marking anniversaries this year – and not least, there’ll be several fortieth birthday themed events to enjoy. The Vauxhall Cavalier and Chevette Club will mark their birthday with a special display, whilst the Jaguar XJS Club stand will celebrate four decades of the great British grand tourer. Elsewhere at the NEC, the BMW Car Club will honour forty years of the 3-Series (you can enjoy our own tribute on p78). In our main picture – taken at the 1976 Earl’s Court Motor Show – we see the main hall just before doors opened to the public. The XJS takes centre stage on…

2 min.
speed heroes get ready

Some of the best engineers in the world are gathering in Bristol to prepare the 1000mph Bloodhound SSC for her first test run. Ahead of the record attempt in the South African desert next year, the supersonic car is being assembled in the city before being taken to Cornwall for a shakedown on the runway at Newquay Airport, scheduled for this winter. ‘Depending on the weather, we’re aiming to get her up to 200mph on the day’ says Chief Engineer Mark Chapman. ‘There’ll be a systems check to see how she performs. After eight years of development, there’s a real buzz on the team!’ Chapman was present at Pendine Sands recently, where Sir Malcolm Campbell’s grandson drove Blue Bird exactly ninety years after the world land speed record of 150.76mph was…

1 min.
sywell celebrates chevette and cavalier

Vauxhall will be marking the 40th anniversary of its Chevette and Cavalier at the Sywell Classic – Pistons and Props event on Saturday September 26 and Sunday September 27. Vauxhall Heritage will be bringing a number of cars, including a Chevette HS and a Cavalier MkI. All Vauxhall clubs have been invited to attend and join the celebration. Upto 20 private Chevette owners will also have the opportunity to display and be part of the official Vauxhall Heritage stand. Denis Chick, Director of Communications at Vauxhall Motors, said: ‘We’re delighted to be marking 40 years of the Chevette at Sywell Classic and look forward to meeting owners who have kept their Chevettes in such excellent order. The Cavalier will also join in making this a double anniversary celebration for us.’ Sywell Classic…

1 min.
carfest accident under investigation

A former RAF pilot lost his life after the jet aircraft he was flying crashed during a display at the recent CarFest North event. Kevin Whyman, aged 39, was serving with the Gnat Display Team. He was the only person involved in the accident that occurred just after 2pm on Saturday August 1 and which is currently being looked into by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch. Carfest founder Chris Evans described the crash as a ‘tragic accident’, adding that police had advised that the safest response was to continue with the event. ‘On Sunday we held a minute’s silence on the main stage in Kevin’s honour, which I’m pleased to say was hugely attended by almost all the 30,000 people present.’ Whyman founded the Gnat Display Team with colleagues in 2007, two…

2 min.
news in brief

UK staging International A pair of VW Karmann Ghia enthusiasts will be staging the first UK Karmann Ghia International, following an 1800 mile journey to Denmark to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the world’s first Karmann club. For more information, contact Graham Filmer at KGInternational2016@gmail.com No room for MG’s history MG Motors UK has snubbed the chance to reference its heritage in its high profile new showroom in Piccadilly, alongside its MG3 and MG6 family car ranges. A spokesman said: ‘We’re limited for space in our new showroom. MG’s heritage is not where our future is.’ France to the Future An event at RAF Cosford saw generations of classic Citroëns coming together to celebrate ten years of the Citroën C6. Still just a decade old, the most recent big Citroën has been mooted as the…