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Practical Classics

Practical Classics Spring 2017

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

Never underestimate the power of restoration. The successful revival of any artefact, be it a house, a chair, a diamond ring, a work of art or a beautiful classic car is an inspirational endeavour. It delivers a sense of deep well-being, brings history to life, gets enthusiasts actively involved with the thing they love and it surprises and infuriates in equal measure. No wonder it makes for great theatre. It’s one of the reasons why Practical Classics is still so popular and the single main reason why we, along with our partners at Clarion Events, decided to put on a live show. If you are going to attend or you are even reading this at the show, please make sure you come and say hello to the team on the PC…

2 min.
nobody drove it better…

In celebration of its famous dunking in The Spy Who Loved Me, Practical Classics will display Lotus Esprit S1 (Car No.30) at the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show (Hall 9, stand 145). Our feature car left the production line weeks after seven of its sisters were transported to Pinewood. One of the vehicles was sealed up for use in the underwater stage at Pinewood Studios and, despite looking great in the film, it was said have been a cumbersome submarine, with the front compartment having to be filled with ping pong balls for buoyancy and Alka Seltzer to make the bubbles! But, it might never have happened were it not for some expert parking by a cunning Lotus executive (although the story is disputed by the film’s Supervisory Art…

1 min.
the month in 5 pictures

The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs’ ‘Drive It Day’ is on April 23 this year. It aims to raise public awareness of classic vehicles. fbhvc.co.uk London’s Ultra Low Emissions Zone will exempt all ‘historic vehicles’ but emerging (>40 years) classics like PC’s M535i will have to pay the £10 T-charge from 2019. Hot off the press… we’ve just produced a special PC Guide to Fast Fords (from AVO to Sierra Cosworth). It’s in WH Smiths or at greatmagazines.co.uk right now. Another five classes have been added to the PC Skill Shack channel since Christmas, meaning over 100 classes are available to subscribers. skillshack.co.uk Burlen Ltd, the SU carb maker, celebrated a 2016 turnover of £5.2 million. The Burnett brothers (above ) recently expanded the Salisbury factory.…

1 min.
it’s pc showtime!

Welcome to the fastest-growing and most enjoyable classic car show of the whole season. This year is just the third running of the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show at Birmingham’s NEC, but already it’s expanded to become a three-day event that’ll see 130 clubs exhibiting and around 1000 cars to pore over. There are more cars, clubs and activities than ever before and as you can see from the plan… it’s big enough to get lost in, but not too big to enjoy. Apart from the Restorer of the Year being unveiled on the PC stand next to the Lotus Esprit on the cover of this issue, we will be there in force on the Live Stage where you will see Danny’s Jensen finished at last and the…

1 min.
what’s on and where…

Ask our experts Mike Brewer and Ant Anstead are among the guests on the PC Live Stage, hosted by our own Hopkins and Walshe, and you’ll find loads of resto action at the Workshop stand, where Leeds City College and Skill Shack will be giving live demos. Barn finds We present 25 cars which have been unearthed from garages and in one case, from the bottom of a garden. The Autojumble Row upon row of 100 spares stalls will be bustling with bargain hunters across the weekend. Dream Rides The Sporting Bears Motor Club will be raising money for charity by taking visitors on a ten mile drive in all sorts of supercars. Pride of ownership A stunning array of classics will be on display at the Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership stand, where…

1 min.
big john up for a gong

The finalists in the 2017 National Car Club Awards, in association with Tourism Ireland, have been revealed. Supported by Classic Car Weekly and Practical Classics, and endorsed by the FBHVC, the overall award winners will be announced at the dinner on Saturday April 1 at Birmingham’s NEC. Editor of Practical Classics Danny Hopkins said: ‘209 nominations have been made and every single one deserves recognition. I advised on nominations, and I will be judging the PC Resto Show awards… no easy task. There are so many deserving entries it will be an almost impossible job to whittle them down.’ A total of 16 awards will be presented – the shortlist covers eight of the award categories and one special Lifetime Achievement award. The nominees for the award are: Drummond Black –…