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Practical Classics

Practical Classics September 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

1 min.
welcome to the workshop

As lovers of older cars, have we ever had it so good? Leading the judging panel at the Festival Of the Unexceptional recently, I was utterly blown away by how much the event has grown. Much like the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show, it seems to have hit a sweet spot in the nation’s psyche being, as it is, a celebration of the cars our parents had on their driveways, not the cars we had on our walls. Values of everyday classics are on the rise too, as expensive exotica stagnates. Interest from the national media, has never been more intense and the cars everybody loves – the classics we all remember – are on a high. Yes, nostalgia plays a part, but so does attainability. To me, owning…

2 min.
goodbye griffin?

Vauxhall Motors announced to its staff in early July that it was entering into a 45-day consultation period with trade unions after the decision was made to vacate its current headquarters, Griffin House and the Vauxhall Heritage Centre in Luton. Early indications are that there will be no redundancies and that jobs will be moved to new sites within the Luton Van factory, Chalton House on Toddington Road, with around 100 further roles going to, new owner, PSA’s site in Coventry. PC understands that the decision was made to move out of the Heritage Centre and the iconic headquarters earlier this year and the announcement made to staff in late June. Currently the future of the Heritage Collection of vehicles and artefacts, along with the team that look after them, has…

1 min.
danny says…

‘I trust PSA to make this work. Their track record on Heritage is good and the Luton centre is the perfect example of heritage working hand in hand with a modern brand. Keeping that collection dynamic and active has never been the result of whimsical sentiment, it has always made business sense and I am certain PSA will see the value it delivers and keep the collection, and its staff, active well into the future.’…

1 min.
the month in 5 pictures

The Classic Car Loan Project has ‘homed’ a 1983 Austin Maestro, owned by Tanya Field. It has been loaned to Graeme Stoddart at the BL event at Gaydon. The Hayes-based, London Car Museum has closed its doors after its former building was repossessed on June 15. The future of the collection is unknown. Over 900 Jaguars gathered for the Enthusiast Club’s Summer Festival at Wroxhall Abbey on July 1. Top of the bill was a display celebrating 50 years of the XJ6. The 2018 Classic Le Mans meet was dominated this year by Porsche. Over 1000 classic Porsches attended, from racing legends to modern classics. PC’s Skill Shack video channel is launching new content in August – ‘Create the perfect classic wood finish’ and ‘Make your own car mats’. skillshack.co.uk.…

2 min.
starting handle

‘It seems right to add my classics to my will’ Thankfully I’m not quite circling the drain yet but lately I have been casually wondering what would happen to my classics if I was hit by a bus tomorrow. Unexpectedly, they’ve become fairly valuable assets and so it seems right to add them into my will. But some important assurances are needed first. I fear the dreaded ‘Hoarder’. This is the kind of person who is okay with dumping a classic vehicle outside in a field, leaving it vulnerable to the elements. In the event of my kicking the bucket, these people are a threat to a lifetime’s hard work and commitment to my hobby. I don’t want them anywhere near my classics. Some, with the best will in the world, will vocalise…

1 min.
spitfire’s spitfire

The Practical Classics competition Triumph Spitfire MkIV has been won by a school in Edinburgh after students made a successful application. St George’s School for Girls made the bid through the school’s Head of Science and PC reader Mark Ashmore. The judges decided to award the car to the school for a number of reasons. The car will be restored by sixth form students who want to go into engineering and will work closely with the magazine as the project progresses, plus the school also has Spitfire connections of its own. Sir Robert MacLean, who was chairman of Vickers Aviation before WWII, named the plane after his spirited daughter, Annie Penrose - nicknamed ‘Spitfire’ Annie or ‘Little Spitfire’ - who attended St George’s. Mark told PC after the application had been…