Practical Classics magazine has a 34-year tradition of delivering the very best hands-on classic car experiences to its readers. Every issue is packed with rigorous buying advice, real-world product tests, inspirational driving features and fascinating historical insight. Practical Classics is famous for its workshop advice and guidance - and Skill Shack with Practical Classics brings this expert tuition to life.
Practical Classics team members

With Skill Shack You Will:


Improve your workshop skills with our expert tutors, all of whom have years of experience working on classic cars.

Set Your Pace

Learn at your own pace – pause and rewind as you go in your workshop. Watch our expert techniques being demonstrated as many times as you like.

No Limits

Stream our video courses - once you pay for a course you can watch it time and again from any device.

And there's more!

Download extra maintenance tips, tricks and bonus material.

Presenter Biogs

Danny Hopkins of Practical Classics

Danny Hopkins

As Editor of the biggest selling ‘hands-on’ classic car magazine in Britain, Danny has led the restoration of hundreds of vehicles in the Practical Classics workshop. In a journalistic career spanning two decades, he has reported on the restoration of cars of all eras and types and has, himself, owned and restored a wide variety of classics. His current projects range from a venerable 1960s Volvo 164 to a Jensen Interceptor.
Ed Hughes of Practical Classics

Ed Hughes

Ed spent almost 20 years teaching woodwork, metalwork, science, electronics and maths in secondary schools while running an increasingly large fleet of obscure, Eastern Bloc cars. Those educational skills – plus years of scientific analysis of everyday motoring annoyances  – mean that he has the ability to explain things well, guiding the hobby mechanic through complex tasks while identifying the possible pitfalls along the way.
Michael Coman of Practical Classics

Michael Coman

Michael, joint owner of Gilbert-Michaelson Automotive Restorations, brings with him a wealth of experience. He’s currently encouraging a new generation of mechanics and engineers in his role as tutor on the Classic Vehicle Restoration course at Leeds College, where he works with young people to develop their skills. Michael was mad about classics from a young age, his love affair with old cars starting with Minis at the age of 17.
Ben Field of Practical Classics

Ben Field

Ben has been with the Practical Classics team for more than 15 years and has been restoring cars for over 25 years. He is a qualified City & Guilds classic car restorer and can boast a huge range of welding skills. He’s welded an aluminium ship and has produced some of the installations within the Millennium Dome in London.