PRACTICAL CLASSICs - AUGUST 2017

Packed with more cars than you can shake a spanner at!

Our June issue tells the story of a man who traded up from a BSA motorbike to his dream Ferrari, which he then rebuilt in true Practical Classics style! 

PLUS: We meet a TR7 nut, Matt Tomkins tackles France in a fleet of Morris Minors, we find out what it's like to live with a Beetle, immerse ourselves in the world of Range Rover P38s and our minds are boggled by a Tesla we used to rescue a Citroen DS from France.

And of course, LOADS of technical advice and tips for restoring and maintaining your classic. It's us... just like you... mucking about with our lovely old cars and grinning a lot.

Hope you enjoy the magazine!


triumph vs mgc

The received wisdom tells us that the TR5 is the best TR of the bunch - the greatest Triumph sports car ever made. The same wisdom tells us that the MGC should be avoided. Too heavy, too slow, looks like an MGB with a fat face and handling like a cow.

50 years ago, less than a year before the creation of British Leyland, it was certainly Triumph one, MG nil.... the TR5 combined the beauty of the TR4 with a proper big six grunt and independent rear suspension... the MG was trying to be a Big Healey and failing. Game over.

Funny how the bullet points of history and collected cliches of a generation of motoring scribes can taint the mind. Find out what they're really like, in the latest issue of Practical Classics...

 


around britain in 45 classics

Our nationwide search for Britain’s Favourite Classic Cafe, supported by Footman James Classic Insurance, was a bit of a big success.

We became a social media viral sensation and every cafe we visited had
a car park full of classics. At each of these pop-up car shows we met and chatted to as many of you as we could… it was a privilege to say hello.

As a thank you, we're featuring many of the cars we encountered and meeting the owners, proving we truly are a nation of classic car enthusiasts. You won't believe the sheer variety of cars, in this latest issue of Practical Classics.


scrapyard terry

Remember those old-fashioned scrapyards of the Sixties, old cars piled high, parts everywhere? One still exists…

‘Yeah there’s crap everywhere,’ laughs Terry, ‘and I tidied up before you came.’ It’s true; he did. There are two less cars in here now… We’d met Terry a few weeks before. While visiting an industrial estate near Bromley we saw a Standard 9 sitting atop a pile of other old vehicles. Within two minutes of chatting to Terry and seeing his workshop and yard, we knew we had to come back with a camera and notepad....

 

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austin healey 3000 Restoration


CLASSIC ROAD TRIP

Read about all the classics joining us for a road trip across the UK.


STAFF SAGAS

Read about anything from a Citroen DS to a Ford Model T - our staff working on their own cars!


TECH TIP OF THE MONTH

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The spigot bush bearing is a tiny and often forgotten part that has a big effect when it fails.  We suggest you soak the bush in oil for 24 hours – many have a sintered construction that absorbs lubricant. Lightly grease it after installing. 

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