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Saturday, 16 June 2007

We've made it to the Trabant show in Zw

We've made it to the Trabant show in Zwickau,Germany. Hurrah!

Friday, 15 June 2007

Sam and I are lending a spanner as we sp

Sam and I bumped into a broken down Trabant owner on the Autobahn. We're lending a spanner as we speak.

Lorry and taxi drivers seem to be giving

Lorry and taxi drivers seem to be giving us lots of attention so we've accessorised accordingly.

Wednesday, 13 June 2007

We made it to France. To celebrate i wor

We made it to France. To celebrate i wore my Morrocan Fez

Arrived in Spain! We're so incredibly ov

Arrived in Spain! We're so incredibly overloaded that every hill causes epic tailbacks. Which is a problem when you're driving through a mountain range.

Tuesday, 12 June 2007

New PC website now live!!

Don't hang around here...

Go to www.practicalclassics.co.uk

We're down to one Trabant with no rear s

We're down to one Trabant with no rear seats. Conditions are a touch cramped. Please excuse Sam's nipples.

Priscilla with a blown con rod in the mi

Priscilla with a blown con rod in the middle of the Sahara. We had to donate her to a confused Arab who didn't seem quite sure what was going on.

Monday, 11 June 2007

The ignition barrel decided to break on

The ignition barrel decided to break on a rather deserted road - we hadn't seen so much as a goat all day.

The PC crew caused quite a stir upon arr

The PC crew caused quite a stir upon arrival to Banjul.

We attracted some attention collecting t

We attracted some attention collecting the Trabant engine at Banjul airport

Friday, 1 June 2007

Explanation of pictures

As you may have read in the General Chat area of the Practical Classics chat forums, PC feature writer Matt Jones is embarking on a mad and frankly ridiculous trip to Africa in two Trabants. He is sending regular picture and text updates to this web page via his mobile phone. The picture below shows PC contributor Sam Glover at Heathrow Airport, shortly before they took off for The Gambia.

For more info on the trip go to the chat forums, click on General Chat, and look for the thread 'Rather Foolish Practical Classics Road Trip.'

Sam had to loose a few pounds before tra

Sam had to loose a few pounds before travelling. We're already late for check-in.

Tuesday, 29 May 2007

Thursday, 17 May 2007

New Classic Cars website is now live!



Classic Cars magazine's new website is now live, with a new message board, polls, competitions, news, events, cars for sale section, buying guides on popular classic cars, and more. Come and join us, at: www.classiccarsmagazine.co.uk

Wednesday, 25 April 2007

Classic Cars: June issue on sale now!


Ferrari gets top billing in the June issue of Classic Cars magazine, with a celebration of 60 years of the cars from Maranello. We drive six of the best heartstoppers and hellraisers: 195 Inter, 250 GT SWB, 275 GTB/4, Daytona, 512 BB and F40 to uncover the Ferrari factor. And, highlight the Ferrari greats that you can afford.

Of course, it’s not all about Ferrari. Find out what it’s like to take part in the Coppa Milano-Sanremo with an Alfa Spider Duetto and an Italian pop star, the secrets of Jaguar’s XJ-S, Charles Morgan’s take on the future of traditional sports cars, an extreme Gemballa-bodied Porsche 928, what makes the Citroën SM so clever, and how to buy a Lotus Cortina before prices get silly.

Classic Cars is available in most good newsagents and supermarkets. If you can't find it on the shelves, call: 01733 555161

Thursday, 19 April 2007

May 2007 issue of Practical Classics on sale April 25

Practical Classics is Britain's favourite and most useful classic car magazine. Every issue contains...
  • The best technical section, packed with how-to guides
  • A wide selection of classics, from pre-war to the 1990s
  • Hundreds of cars for sale
  • Valuable buying advice
  • The finest competitions and giveaways
In the May issue...
  • Useful ideas and tips for quick-fire restorations
  • An amazing Austin Seven rebuild story
  • Win a Singer Vogue and £1200 worth of tools
  • Fun work hacks group test
  • Guide to welding techniques: part one
  • New Mercedes project
  • And more...
May issue on sale April 25 from supermarkets and large newsagents.

Scroll down for further info on the May issue.

Printing error in May 2007 issue of PC




Due to circumstances beyond Practical Classics' control (eg. a printing cock-up), four editorial pages have been replaced by adverts in the May 2007 issue of PC. Many apologies. We will do our utmost to reprint these pages in a future issue.

The pages in question are the opening page of the Buying Section (p109), the first page of the Datsun 240Z buying guide (p110), the first page of the torque wrench test (p116), and the needle file test (p121) .

If you click HERE you will be taken through to an area where you can download p109 as a pdf.

Click HERE for p110
Click HERE for p116
Click HERE for p121

Matt Wright, editor, PC

Wednesday, 11 April 2007

Classic Cars magazine, May 2007 issue on sale now!



The May issue of Classic Cars magazine is all about getting ready for summer, with an unmissable 24-page feature on buying this year's 21 hottest convertible classic cars - choose from manufacturers including Ferrari, Triumph, Porsche, Mercedes, Jaguar, Morgan, and many more.

Plus, we drive the controversial Jaguar XJR15 supercar, recall the crazy Ford RS Cosworth years and meet an Australian Citroën owner that drove his car around the world - on chip oil!

Want more? Read Martin Gurdon's Bristol 401 to Bristol adventure, find out how to buy a good Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and discover the joys of 'back to driving school' motoring in a 1936 Aston Martin Ulster.

Classic Cars is available in most good newsagents and supermarkets. If you can't find it on the shelves, call: 01733 555161

Monday, 2 April 2007

Spring issue of Practical Classics on sale now


Overflowing with great cars, useful guides and fun features.

* Expert guide to getting perfect deals
* How to build a workshop
* Amazing Volvo P1800 restoration
* The best classic bargains revealed
* WIN a UAZ camper project
* Advertise your car for FREE
* Cortina & Zodiac Mk III buying guides
* Japanese coupes on test

Thursday, 1 March 2007

Classic Cars magazine, April 2007 issue on sale



The April 2007 issue of Classic Cars is on sale from Friday, March 2nd. Here’s a taster of what’s inside…

Aston Martin DB5. Everyone knows James Bond drove one, but there’s much more to the beautiful Aston’s success story than that – a Mediterranean mission to the Italian Riviera explores the DB5 myth

Porsche 911 SE Turbo vs Ferrari Testarossa and Lamborghini Countach Anniversary: proof that the Eighties were cool after all

MGF. Under the skin of MG’s most advanced sports car

Sensational Delage D8-120 Aerosport unveiled

Revington TR’s Triumph TRS Le Mans racer re-creation tested

Ferrari’s most devoted fanatics in action at the World Finals meeting at Monza

Expert advice on buying a subtle Cosworth – the 16-valve Mercedes 190 sports saloon

Plus: Batmobile creator George Barris interview; Alex Zanardi on the Mille Miglia; Inside Morgan specialist Melvyn Rutter’s workshop; Quentin Willson and new columnist Martin Gurdon

Classic Cars is available in most good newsagents and supermarkets. If you can't find it on the shelves, call: 01733 555161

Wednesday, 21 February 2007

Practical Classics magazine: April issue now on sale


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Elsewhere in your packed new issue...

DADS v SONS
PC compares classics with their younger siblings
Triumph TR3 v TR7
Alfa Spider v Spider
Opel Manta v Calibra
Jaguar S-type v XJ40

CITROEN 2CV REBUILD
A new project begins. Follow it from the start…

RESTORED ESCORT MEXICO
London cabbie’s battle to bring his Mk I back to life

HOW TO FIT FRONT SPEAKERS
Plus: guide to discreet stereo systems

TRIUMPH MAYFLOWER
Why you should buy one

HOW TO REFURB DULL PAINT
Step-by-step guide

UNDERBODY COATINGS TESTED
Find out which product you should use

GILBERN v MGB v TVR
Which Sixties GT is for you?

Practical Classics is available at all major supermarkets and newsagents.

Tuesday, 20 February 2007

Expert Q&A: On Video!

We've just launched a new channel on YouTube exclusively to answer your car restoration questions.
GO HERE to find it. Or type in: http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=Carrestorer
Visitors are welcome to ask questions and we'll do our best to create a video reply as soon as possible.
You can also make and upload your own video either to ask your question or to help you show exactly the problem you are facing.
Give it a try.

Monday, 19 February 2007

What do you think of Practical Classics?

We'd really like to know what you think of Practical Classics. To thank you for your time we have three great books to offer as prizes:
1) Lotus Esprit: The Official Story by Jeremy Walton and
2) Muscle: America's Legendary Performance Cars by Randy Leffingwell & Darwin Holmstrom
3) Memorable Moments In Motor Racing by Mike Jiggle & David Barzilay


Simply click the link below to take a short survey and you could win one of the three books! That's three chances to win.
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Thank you in advance
Graham Oram
Research Manager
Practical Classics

Thursday, 1 February 2007

Classic Cars magazine, March 2007 issue on sale

The March 2007 issue of Classic Cars is on sale from Friday, February 2nd.
These are just some of the exciting features you won't want to miss…

Ford GT40 Prototype tested
Choose Your Mercedes SL
Maserati Mexico re-born
VW Golf GTI vs Peugeot 205 GTI
Nürburgring Oldtimer GP
Hackett Beaujolais Run 2006
The DeLorean Controversy
BMW 2002 Buying Advice

Classic Cars is available in most good newsagents and supermarkets. If you can't find it on the shelves, call: 01733 555161










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