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Practical Classics

Practical Classics Spring 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.

United Kingdom
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13 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
welcome to the workshop

‘If the cap fits, clamp it nice and tight to your rear end.’ James Walshe, Assistant Editor ‘Grace and pace, right in your face!’ Matt Tomkins, Project Man ‘I’ve brought this from my old mattress. Will it do?’ John Simpson, Chief Mechanic ‘I can make clip clop sounds… listen…’ Matt George, Prod Editor ‘Insert slot A into tab B and stand well back… easy.’ Danny Hopkins, Editor It was great to see so many of you at the record-breaking Practical Classics Restoration and Classic Car Show at the NEC. It was another fantastic season opening weekend and the feedback has been great. Drop us a line and tell us what you thought. I’ve written a letter myself this month, to FIVA (the European body that ‘looks after’ the interests of classic owners) about their press release which sought to define the…

2 min.
it’s showtime!

More than 20,000 visitors rocked up to the NEC for the Practical Classics Restoration and Classic Car Show, where each of the 120 clubs in attendance spent the weekend toiling over their own project cars. ‘The halls of the NEC were bristling with activity’ said PC Editor Danny Hopkins. ‘From the bustling autojumble and the clatter of tools on each of the stands to live restoration demonstrations and the array of restored classics, there was always something to immerse yourself in.’ Show-goers flocked to the Heritage Classic Car Insurance stand to vote for Practical Classics Restorer of the Year, which was won by James Cribb and his immaculately restored Metro. Owned by his late wife, James restored the car, recalling fond memories they shared travelling in it together. ‘I miss Marg…

1 min.
the show in 5 pictures

Danny chats to Geo Payne, owner of the oldest Reliant in existence. Geo put it back on the road after 40 years and helped us with Del Boy’s Regal Supervan. Steve Swann’s e orts to save his stunning Maxi from the ravages of time saw him win Best Restored Car at the National Car Club Awards on the Saturday night. The Practical Classics team toiled long and hard into the early hours at the workshop to get the Return of the Saint XJ-S back on the road and to the show. On stage antics with BBC Radio 2 presenter Bobbie Pryor and racing driver Barry ‘Whizzo’ Williams, with TV restorers Mike Brewer, Edd China and Ant Anstead. Picking up his lifetime achievement prize from David Boyce of Tourism Ireland and Mike Brewer at the…

2 min.
starting handle

‘The FIVA definition is casual elitism’ Europe’s classic car community is being misrepresented by FIVA. Attending any classic car show demonstrates that its definition of a historic vehicle is unfit for purpose. Owners of patinated classics, modified classics or classics that are in daily use are not a minority group. We are a major contingent. The idea that any of these factors make a vehicle any less historic is hokum. I drive along a Roman road on a daily basis. Does that make it any less of a historic route? Should we fill the chips in the Elgin Marbles with P38 or respray theMonaLisa?They’relookingabit scruffy. Or perhaps we should insist that all central heating is removed from Bourton-on-the-Water? Many of the cars that FIVA approves of don’t fit its own definition. A glance…

1 min.
restorer of the year

James Cribb has won the Practical Classics’ Restorer of the Year competition. His Metro had been his wife Marg’s first car and was driven by her until she passed away in 2007. James restored the car as a tribute to her. He was announced winner on the Restorer of the Year stand at a ceremony hosted by sponsor Heritage Insurance. Judging was by popular vote among showgoers. Editor Danny Hopkins said: ‘His story was heartwarming and I’m over the moon that the public agree.’ James said: ‘I’m stunned – I didn’t expect to make the final ten, let alone win.’ Third place was awarded to Chris Depledge’s 1968 Sunbeam Stiletto, while Norman Smyth was runner up with his 1967 Jaguar E-type. www.restoreroftheyear.co.uk…

1 min.
classics are re-defined

Daily drivers and modified classics should not be considered historic vehicles, according to the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens. The world’s largest association of classic car clubs is lobbying for a distinction between ‘old’ and ‘historic’ vehicles that can be used to govern Europe-wide policy on Low-Emission Zone exclusions. ‘By ‘historic vehicle’ we mean a mechanically-propelled road vehicle at least 30 years old, preserved and maintained in a historically correct condition and not used as a means of daily transport,’ says FIVA president Patrick Rollet. ‘These vehicles should not be lumped together with old, badly-maintained cars that are used as cheap, everyday transport.’ ‘Lobbying for harmonisation of exemption from LEZs across the European Community is not an agreed policy of FIVA,’ said the FBHVC in a statement to PC. ‘The FBHVC could not support…