I saw the Practical Classics lists they did recently, but I found them very disappointing. As you say. there were a lot of omissions, but I thought they were going to do something really useful, but all they did was to skim the surface and copy information that you could easily find at any motor factor or Halfords etc etc. I hoped they were going to do more obscure stuff.
I would agree, the Prcatical Classics cross reference listing were (in my opinion) heavily biased towards foreign cars with some British content. 'Our' Rovers were very poorly represented, in fact I could say ignored, but as I said, it seemd to list many obscure models many of which were not seem on these shores. I was disappointed with the listings and in fact I have not renewd my subscription to PC this year.
Adrian....... I didnt renew mine either. Over the last year or two, I have felt the quality of the articles has gone down, probably because of the age and interests of the staff, and also too much emphasis on things like hot hatches and other eighties dross...... I dont really want to read about how to change brake pads on a Peugeot 205 etc. either !
These cars, IMO, are still on the downhill to banger status, and there are still loads of them about in regular use for them to be properly regarded as "classics". They also lack that certain character, that sort of hand built feeling, if you know what I mean, that fifties and sixties cars seem to have. Or is it my extremely thick rose tinted glasses ?
Try reading "Classic Monthly" if you can get a copy. It doesn't seem to be in a lot of shops, but I think its quite a good magazine. The paper quality seems good, along with the articles and photograpy. They did a nice article on the P5 in May too ! I like it anyway !