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Practical Classics

Practical Classics September 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

2 min.
welcome to the homestead

‘Luke’ George Production Ed Looks a bit like his cousin’s sister. Needs a hair cut. ‘Bo’ Campbell Jaguar driver Doesn’t talk to us anymore. ‘Cousin Cooter’ Jefferson Farm hand/stunt driver Can’t remember his own name because he is looking at Daisy. ‘Uncle Jesse’ Simpson Workshop Manager Can lasso a running steer from 30 yards.And he just ate all the grits. ‘The General’ Feature car comes home 10 years ago the Morris Marina Owners’ Club built it and we jumped it over a bridge. ‘Boss Hogg’ Hopkins Editor/commissioner Sure likes the look of a woman with a fully loaded weapon. ‘Daisy’ Johnson Biscuit Hunter ‘Yippee ki-yay mother hubbards!’ ‘Enos ‘Walshe Assistant Ed No… no, that hurts. Why am I holding a baseball stick? This week I’ve had a bit of flack from a mate who wants to buy a classic car. ‘Too expensive,’ he says, ‘even barn finds are through the roof.’ I can’t disagree.…

2 min.
the supersonic bluebird soars

Sixty years since Bluebird K7 was launched and with just months to go before Richard Noble and driver Andy Green attempt to crack 1000mph on land, we’re taking an admiring glance back at the man who began the race to the sound barrier: Donald Campbell. After smashing the land speed record in 1964 (the figure of 403mph still stands today for a wheel-driven vehicle) Donald and his team built a full scale model of their rocket car, Bluebird Mach 1.1 (see above). She was officially announced by an enthusiastic Donald at a press conference in July 1965: ‘The nation whose technologies are first to seize this record on land will be the nation whose industry will be seen to leapfrog into the Seventies or Eighties. We can have the car on the…

2 min.
dvla letter concern

The DVLA is sending out letters to historic vehicle owners asking them to provide information about any major work and warning that if too many new parts have been used, it could result in historic car status being stripped. Registrations could also be taken away and replaced by a ‘Q’ numberplate if the agency isn’t completely satisfied. In the letter, the agency has requested owners to provide ‘information about the provenance, construction and origin’ of vehicles, including receipts, old documents, copies of historical race sheets or reports, recent/historic photographs, copies of old sales advertisements and extracts from books.’ It has also asked for notification of when items such as chassis, engine, axles and steering assembly have been replaced and whether a car has been rebuilt or restored in the last 25…

1 min.
gentlemen, start your wallets. it’s time to spend!

Even if you’re not lucky enough to win our Westfield, there’s still no excuse not to come along to Europe’s biggest autojumble at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu on September 5-6. You’ll be in very good company as around 39,000 fellow enthusiasts will also be descending on the New Forest venue, to browse 2000 stands and check out 200 cars for sale. In addition, there will be a Saturday night Bonhams auction – with Lord (Richard) Attenborough’s Rolls-Royce Corniche as the star of that show. Trunk Traders on the Sunday is a chance for amateur jumblers to shift some of their no-longer-needed motoring bits from the back of their cars. And, of course, we’ll be hoping to see you on the PC stand, too. Come and see how we’re getting…

2 min.
news in brief

Free tickets to Goodwood Longstone Tyres is giving away a pair of tickets for the Goodwood Revival on September 12. The winner will be the first person to buy a set of five ‘Michelin Collection’ tyres by ringing 01302 711123 and stating ‘Practically Longstone’. Asbestos expert The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs would like to hear from anybody with knowledge of where asbestos might be found in classis, to assist with its research into the substance. www.fbhvc.co.uk Giugiaro goes Legendary designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, along with his son Fabrizio, has resigned from ItalDesign after it was taken over by Volkswagen. The 77-year-old Italian master sold his final shares to the German conglomerate last month. Not on the button A street in Longbridge, given a motoring-related name associated with the ex-Austin plant there, has been misspelt as ‘Jenson’…

1 min.
haynes illustrator dies

Terry Davey, the artist behind the cutaway shots that became a trademark of Haynes manuals, has died. Terry worked for Haynes from 1972 to 1991 and despite the high quality and distinctive style of his drawings, he was largely untaught. During that time, he produced over 400 cutaways for manual covers plus several thousand other illustrations and helped cement the style of the publications. His work, which also features in PC’s Grand Designs pieces, has now become very collectible. His retirement coincided with the introduction of a simpler, less distinctive style.…