PRACTICAL CLASSICs - april 2019

 

In the latest issue of Practical Classics...

In the new issue of Practical Classics magazine, we show you that whatever classic you love – from a Reliant Robin to a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow and anything in between - the passion for your car is EXACTLY the same!  

We follow the journey taken by an enthusiast who has restored his Jaguar E-type and then travel to Switzerland to meet a BMC/British Leyland family who, between them, own a fleet of Marinas – and a few other gems besides.

Elsewhere in the mag, see how our TR6 restoration is going and read how we plan to pluck a 1959 Standard Ten from its museum home and drive it to the PC Resto Show!

There’s tech tips galore and updates from our workshop where you’ll find Danny working on his Rover, James restoring his family’s Citroen Dyane and Matt getting dirty with his Morris Minor. Plus… there’s Cortina action coupled with a Triumph Spitfire buying guide and features on the Reliant Scimitar, Citroen Ami and a bnkers Rover P4 pickup!

 


SHOWTIME FOR OUR heroic standard AND TRIUMPH TR6!

The DVLA has at last ended a saga that started in late 2017, when Ford were due to scrap an immaculate 1959 Standard Ten as part of their scrappage scheme. The Standard currently resides at the Dundee Motor Museum where it is looked after by volunteers and the Standard Motor Club’s Bob Alexander. Now it is to be prepared for an MoT and driven by the  PC  team from the museum and straight to the  Practical Classics  Classic Car and Restoration Show with Discovery on March 22-24. Read the full story in the new issue!

The DVLA has at last ended a saga that started in late 2017, when Ford were due to scrap an immaculate 1959 Standard Ten as part of their scrappage scheme. The Standard currently resides at the Dundee Motor Museum where it is looked after by volunteers and the Standard Motor Club’s Bob Alexander. Now it is to be prepared for an MoT and driven by the PC team from the museum and straight to the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show with Discovery on March 22-24. Read the full story in the new issue!

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Along with the arrival of the amazing Standard Ten, our Triumph TR6 will be rebuilt live on stage at the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show with Discovery at the NEC on March 22-24. Read about how the lads are getting on with the preparation work in the April issue of Practical Classics!

Along with the arrival of the amazing Standard Ten, our Triumph TR6 will be rebuilt live on stage at the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show with Discovery at the NEC on March 22-24. Read about how the lads are getting on with the preparation work in the April issue of Practical Classics!


amazing e-type restoration

The initial plan was that Scott Hilton would get his E-Type running and undertake a twelve-month rolling restoration. Although the interior was cracked and faded and the paint was damaged and sun-bleached, it didn’t look all that bad a starting point. ‘Then the project just snowballed,’ he recalls. And as always, when he did finally begin, it was never going to be a simple job…

The initial plan was that Scott Hilton would get his E-Type running and undertake a twelve-month rolling restoration. Although the interior was cracked and faded and the paint was damaged and sun-bleached, it didn’t look all that bad a starting point. ‘Then the project just snowballed,’ he recalls. And as always, when he did finally begin, it was never going to be a simple job…


swiss family marina

We had assumed Swiss engineer and BL enthusiast Peter Haas would use a modern vehicle for his daily duties but, as it turns out, the ‘company workhorse’ is a Morris Marina. His role involves driving vast distances across the Alps in order to inspect his country’s power plants – typically 200-600km a day - and for this, he uses a MkI Estate, which he bought in 2004. ‘It has 325,000km on the clock and it is still on its original engine. All I have done is give it two head gaskets and a lead-free conversion. Why would I want a modern car? I can do all the repairs on the Marina myself and it is fine in the snow!’ For the full story, check out the new issue of Practical Classics…

We had assumed Swiss engineer and BL enthusiast Peter Haas would use a modern vehicle for his daily duties but, as it turns out, the ‘company workhorse’ is a Morris Marina. His role involves driving vast distances across the Alps in order to inspect his country’s power plants – typically 200-600km a day - and for this, he uses a MkI Estate, which he bought in 2004. ‘It has 325,000km on the clock and it is still on its original engine. All I have done is give it two head gaskets and a lead-free conversion. Why would I want a modern car? I can do all the repairs on the Marina myself and it is fine in the snow!’ For the full story, check out the new issue of Practical Classics…

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the practical classics projects

Check out the team’s classic projects and find out what’s gone wrong (and right!) at the Practical Classics workshop this month!


Britain’s best classic car club

In 2017 we revealed Britain’s best classic café, in 2018 it was the nation’s favourite classic destination that we uncovered – now we are looking for Britain’s finest classic car club. Practical Classics and Footman James are on the hunt for the nation’s very best local club and it’s the ‘local’ bit that is most important. Enthusiasts the length and breadth of Britain have nominated their favourite clubs and here are the top 30 local clubs and branches that have made our shortlist. Pick your favourite to make it into our top 10 by going to Practicalclassics.co.uk/bbcccoty

In 2017 we revealed Britain’s best classic café, in 2018 it was the nation’s favourite classic destination that we uncovered – now we are looking for Britain’s finest classic car club. Practical Classics and Footman James are on the hunt for the nation’s very best local club and it’s the ‘local’ bit that is most important. Enthusiasts the length and breadth of Britain have nominated their favourite clubs and here are the top 30 local clubs and branches that have made our shortlist. Pick your favourite to make it into our top 10 by going to Practicalclassics.co.uk/bbcccoty