PRACTICAL CLASSICs - april 2017

 

Buying a classic car can be a serious headache for many of us. We show you where to start and how to get the ball rolling on all the right questions. With tips from anyone from our own writers to our mates Mike Brewer and Fuzz Townshend, our guide will help you to make the right choices.

Elsewhere in this issue, we have an amazing Spitfire restoration, advice on how to buy the best starter classics – from Peugeot 205 to Porsche 944 – and more technical tips you can shake a spanner at from our team of workshop professionals.

And our cover feature: The teenager who shunned the school disco to restore a Mini Cooper instead!

Our latest issue, April 2017, is available to buy in all good supermarkets and newsagents as of Wednesday 22nd February.


TEENAGED MINI HERO!

Eighteen year old Tobias Press isn’t a normal teenager. ‘I was chuffed when I got a rollover jig for my fifteenth birthday’. When his classmates were told about the long evenings of grinding and butt-welding, they were predictably amused. Friend Beth Baker was among the first to find out. ‘I had no idea what he did at home. At school, he was known for his swimming talent but we didn’t expect anything like this. It was amazing. One day he drove up to the school gates and we were like: Look! Look at the Mini Tobias has made!’ For the full and fabulous story, check out Practical Classics.


how to buy a classic car

It doesn’t matter if you’re buying your first classic or your fiftieth, it’s a marvellously exhilarating and fundamentally enjoyable event, right up there with childbirth or your first illicit mug of Crème de Menthe. However, if you don’t pay attention to some basic rules and you get it wrong, it could be painful and lead to years of expense right up there with, well, giving birth and drinking alcohol. The following is just as relevant for the seasoned pro as the classic-car virgin. Check out the latest issue for the best advice!


showtime!

After three successful years, Britain’s fastest growing classic car show, the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show is expanding in 2017. Taking up residence at Birmingham’s NEC for three days, adding an extra day to the mix, from Friday March 31 to Sunday April 2 we are working harder than ever to make it perfect. We have over 130 clubs and approaching 1000 cars confirmed – more than ever before. Once again each club will be working away on their projects ‘live’, dispensing advice and demonstrating skills to visitors making the show, once again, the event for real enthusiasts. Those blokes off the telly, Mike Brewer, Ant Anstead, Fuzz Townshend and Jimmy De Ville have confirmed attendance too!


lake district adventure

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What are the best roads in the Lake District? Avoiding the summer crowds, we take two Eighties executive classics to Cumbria to show how easy it is to enjoy those epic mountain routes!

Danny Hopkins hops aboard his Rover 820 and James Walshe wafts up in his Citroen CX 22. Which one would you choose for a tour of The Lakes?

CITROEN CX VS ROVER 820


NEW SAAB V4 PROJECT!

Our James bags himself a classic Saab 96 V4. It's unrestored and battered after years of living on the Isle of Wight. Will it survive a first assessment at the Practical Classics workshop? Find out in the latest issue!

Our James bags himself a classic Saab 96 V4. It's unrestored and battered after years of living on the Isle of Wight. Will it survive a first assessment at the Practical Classics workshop? Find out in the latest issue!


Some more of the cars featuring in the latest issue of Practical Classics!