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Practical Classics September 2016

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

‘It’s showtime and I’m going to be first into the arena.’ Matt Tomkins, Project Manager ‘Deck chair – check, Fedora – check, PC – check…’ James Walshe, Assistant Editor ‘Do you think they’ll let us in to the ‘Classics Only’ section?’ Danny Hopkins, editor ‘Right, I need an overpriced burger in my face.’ Matt George, Prod Editor ‘This grille is just the right size for my barbecue.’ John Simpson, Chief Mechanic Now that the sun has come out and the classic high season is in full swing, it’s possible to look at the scene and take a view. All the shows I have been to lately have been packed with the usual mix of motors old and not-so-old, the classic world seems as vibrant as ever, Brexit or no Brexit. The threat of draconian legislation,…

1 min.
nec hero’s welcome

In a nod to this year’s ‘heroes and heroines’ theme, Donald Campbell’s Jaguar XK150 DHC will be the star of the Practical Classics stand at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show (November 11-13). More than 250 clubs and exhibitors will also pay tribute to heroic figures in the world of motoring and PC is no exception, hosting speed legend Campbell’s 1958 XK (now owned by collector David Stone) at the event which takes place exactly fifty years to the week since Campbell and his team took Bluebird K7 out onto Lake Coniston for tests. Just under two months later he was killed attempting to reach 300mph on water. This year’s NEC show promises to be the biggest yet, with a vast mix of priceless classics, barn finds, clubs, specialists and trade stands,…

1 min.
the month in 5 pictures

The TR Drivers Club organised the Bullet Run on June 17-19 to mark the passing of Tony Lee. The run included Bwlch y Groes (above) where Tony tested Triumphs. 40 Fiestas convoyed from Dagenham to Brighton to mark its 40th birthday. The convoy to the Ford Festival included the last Dagenham car: 17 miles on the clock! 2017 is the 50th Anniversary of the MGC and there’s a big event to celebrate! Based at Chateau Impney from July 7-12. Visit mgcc.co.uk/mgc-register for more info. A cavalcade of classics filled Swindon’s ‘Magic Roundabout.’ All of the cars had their body panels pressed at the town’s former Pressed Steel works. The Hagerty Festival of the Unexceptional was won by Jonathan Papworth in his 1981 Marina Pick-up. It was the longest single journey the car had done:…

1 min.
starting handle

‘Do we have have the right to be derogatory’ Evidently, filling my Maxi at this particular petrol station qualified me for abuse from the 30-something cashier. I jokingly protested at his cheeky insults regarding my faithful ‘It’s not abuse, it’s banter’ he replied with a cocky smile. ‘My gran had a Maxi once. It was crap. Most old cars are.’ Noticing his Manchester City football top, I suggested his team were incompetent because they occasionally fail to win. He looked a bit wounded so on this occasion I kept my view (that football is dull, meaningless macho tribal twaddle) to myself. Instead, with a friendly approach, I suggested that his opinion was potentially hurtful – and added that we are all entitled to enjoy our hobbies without prejudice. Customers queuing behind smiled politely,…

1 min.
happy birthday to the famous mmoc

The Morris Minor Owners Club held a rally on July 1-3 to celebrate the club’s 40th anniversary. It was one of many events happening throughout 2016 to mark four decades of an extraordinary club success story. The event, held at Catton Hall, Derbyshire, brought together thousands of Minor enthusiasts for a three-day jamboree. Arena displays recreated events from the past and concluded with a Grand Parade that had representatives from every club branch in the ring, including those from Australia, Northern Ireland and Europe. Club secretary Ray Newell told PC : ‘It may be the cars that bring the people together, but it’s the people who make the club.’ The Young Members Register was also out in force, representing the next generation of owners and enthusiasts. Even more events are planned, too.…

1 min.
dull but important

Legislation and DVLA news FIVA SUPPORTS CHROME TRIOXIDE FIVA has agreed to overtly support the application by chromium trioxide producers to the European Chemicals Agency to allow the continued use of CT (for the purpose of chrome plating). LONDON EMISSION ZONE The London Mayor’s office has confirmed that classic vehicles will not be exempt from its new ‘T-charge’, which will apply to vehicles registered before 2005 entering the city centre from 2017. WRITE-OFF RESPONSIBILITIES Some motor policies now make it the right of the insurance company to decide when a vehicle will be written off and what will then be done with it. This is not likely to apply to a historic vehicle on a specialist policy…but owners should be aware. Owners of vehicles not yet suitable to go on a specialist policy need to be…