Practical Classics (UK) - - CONTENTS -

Parts, pol­i­tics and plau­dits – your say on all the things that mat­ter to you in the won­der­ful world of mo­tor­ing.

The ap­palling qual­ity of some re­pro­duc­tion parts is mak­ing clas­sic own­er­ship in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult. We needed a new al­ter­na­tor for our Sun­beam and bought a brand new one from a rep­utable sup­plier for £59.95. It stopped work­ing after six weeks.

The sup­plier was very apolo­getic and re­funded our money. When we asked if he wanted the de­fec­tive al­ter­na­tor back he told us not to bother as: ‘They are ba­si­cally rub­bish!’

We bought an­other brand new one for £85 from a dif­fer­ent sup­plier, and after three months it too stopped work­ing.

When you add the prob­lems with de­fec­tive re­pro­duc­tion parts to the po­lit­i­cal is­sues be­ing caused by metropoli­tan may­ors our hobby is in dan­ger like never be­fore.

If you live in a lo­ca­tion with an elected mayor ex­pect to see a se­vere clam­p­down on your clas­sic car. I pre­dict that within five years it will be very dif­fi­cult to drive a clas­sic on many of Bri­tain’s roads.

Chris­tine Sumner, New Rom­ney

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