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Classic car owners from Lewis and Harris are being called out for a winter photoshoot as the UK’s biggest selling classics magazine comes to the islands.

The Western Isles are the ‘challenging’ location chosen by Practical Classics magazine for an annual feature designed to show off both cars and scenery, in the hope of inspiring readers to get more of both.

Now a call has gone out for island enthusiasts, aiming to get them in the frame with a running pack of newly-restored classic cars heading this way from the magazine’s base in Peterborough.

The visit is planned for November 16th, and deputy editor James Walshe says the weather holds no fears for them. He told today (Monday August 26th): “Once a year we challenge ourselves and buy a classic car, restore it on a tight budget and then take it for a run somewhere inhospitable in terms of weather and terrain.

“We’re a magazine for people who don’t just buy and restore classic cars, but who enjoy them too. The aim is to prove that you can drive a classic car and really use it, because classics are just as good as new cars, if not better.”

Previous destinations for the ‘winter warmer’ feature have included the Swiss Alps, Snowdonia and the Netherlands, but this year the team want to put a flag in the map for the Scottish islands and have set the compass for Lewis and Harris.

They’ll be bringing with them a fleet of four or five classic cars, announcing just which will be visiting the isles in September’s magazine. The trip’s in the planning stage this week and James wants to hear from classic car owners who want to be involved, who have a story to tell, or who can share a great location for a photoshoot.

“Our idea is to present our destination in a scenic way and to meet people with classics as we go. It’s a chance to inspire the readers both to drive classics and to go to the destination.”

You can contact James with details of your car, a scenic location or other contributions to the feature at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The picture shows the editorial team polishing up their classics – left to right editor Danny Hopkins, James Walshe, Matt George, John Simpson and Matt Tomkins (Practical Classics).