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Practical Classics

Practical Classics October 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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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
welcome to the workshop

I am a bit bored with the phrase, ‘old, dirty cars’. The media has recently used the expression as a matter of course when talking about LEZs and legislation to keep our air clean. I see the reasoning behind needing to create cleaner air, especially in cities, but we must adopt a holistic approach if we really want to stop the problem. Before we get into charging people off the road, lets invest in public transport, make sure we have proper cycle paths and enough charging points for EVs. If we don’t then we are loading the cost of greening our cities disproportionately onto low income families, and at the same time pushing vehicles off the road before they reach the end of their lives, which in itself has environmental implications.…

1 min.
thruxton turns 50

Making use of the post-war surplus of RAF airbases, Thruxton Circuit opened in time for the start of the 1968 racing season (when our wonderful picture was taken). Having turned the crumbling air base into a sparkling new facility, investment by the British Automobile Racing Club saw it set up its base there and the creation of a long-standing connection to saloon car and touring car racing. The Spring of ’68 also saw Formula Two at Thruxton for the first time, with German Jochen Rindt winning the race in his Brabham-Ford – although he was ineligible for championship points due to his status as a Formula One driver. Nowadays, the Hampshire circuit is still very much part of the annual racing calendar, with headline events including the British Touring Car Championship…

1 min.
the month in 5 pictures

Plans have been submitted for a hotel at the Bicester Heritage site. It will use materials inspired by existing RAF Bicester and is part of further developments. Millie, the 1983 Maestro Classic Loan Project car starred at Festival of the Unexceptional. To get in involved contact bobwilkinson49@hotmail.co.uk. A 1961 E-type Roadster, chassis number 64, is set to fetch £380,000 when auctioned at H&H’s October event. The ‘flat floor’ car has rare early factory items. Mark the 50th anniversary of steam’s revival on Sept 29-30 at Tyseley depot. Quote PRACTICALCLASSICS at vintagetrains.co.uk/latestevents to get 10 per cent off tickets or get £1 off on the day by showing this mag! A new special publication celebrating the cars of BMC is on sale at WHSmith or online at greatmagazines.co.uk . With a foreword by rally ace…

1 min.
starting handle

‘Cars have become like washing machines’ The June 1980 issue of Practical Classics (issue no 2, in fact) contains a detailed guide to replacing the sills on your MGB. At that time the MGB was still in production (just) and the oldest examples were only eighteen years old. It’s hard to imaging now a car of that age requiring (or receiving) such major reconstructive surgery. Rust is becoming a far less prolific danger to the roadworthiness of a modern car. It’s rare, even, to see a rusty modern car in a scrapyard; yet we continue to scrap cars at an alarming rate. Electronics are the biggest killers of cars nowadays. Cars have become like washing machines and televisions: a series of circuit boards and electronic control units that are ‘sealed for…

1 min.
clarke heavy duty instant garages

From £274.80 machinemart.co.uk These new portable garages from Machine Mart are a great way to keep your classic out of the weather or even create an indoor work space to provide shelter when working on a project. Heavy duty construction and ratchet tensioning straps mean that even the biggest in the range at 24ft x 12ft can be securely anchored and won’t flap about, damaging your classic. With a variety of sizes in the range to suit the space you have available and the size of your classic, they’re a great budget alternative to a garage and can be taken down and moved quite easily if desired.…

2 min.
endangered species

As scrappage schemes and tougher MoT legislation take hold, some of the UK’s best-loved cars of the Nineties and early 2000s are facing extinction, with the changing pattern of car buying and legislation designed to make older cars less attractive forcing them towards an early demise. The latest set of data from the DVLA shows that some of the most popular cars that younger Practical Classics readers grew up with have seen their numbers go into freefall, with some seeing their survival rate halve over the past two years. Between the first quarter of 2016 and the same period in 2018, half of the remaining Citroën Saxos, Peugeot 306s, Rover 25s and Citroën Xantias were scrapped, while other once-popular models such as the Vauxhall Omega, MG ZS and Alfa Romeo 156 also…