TOWNSHEND LAUNCHES NEW CLAS­SIC BUSI­NESS

Car SOS TV show film­ing starts in our Fuzz’s lat­est workshop ven­ture

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - www.to-ta.co.uk

Car SOS TV show pre­sen­ter and CCW mas­ter me­chanic Fuzz Townshend has opened a new restora­tion and main­te­nance workshop busi­ness in Old­bury, West Mid­lands.

To-Ta Clas­sics is a part­ner­ship with fel­low clas­sic car re­storer Dave Tas­sell, hence the name – ‘To’ from Townshend and ‘Ta’ from Tas­sell.

Townshend be­came co-owner of West­gate Clas­sics in Wal­sall in 2011 but re­cently sold his share in it.

‘I knew I had to start out with some­thing new and build it from the ground up if I wanted to do things my way,’ he says.

Townshend met Tas­sell on a pre­vi­ous series of Car SOS and de­cided Tas­sell’s busi­ness and restora­tion skills were per­fectly suited to his own plans. They are 50/50 part­ners at To-Ta, which they de­scribe as ‘the home of Car SOS and top class clas­sic car main­te­nance and restora­tion fa­cil­ity’.

The site has three ramps al­ready in­stalled and a fourth is due to be put in next month. There is a team of six in­clud­ing Townshend, with spe­cial­ists in paint­ing, fab­ri­ca­tion, sheet metal and auto electrics.

The 5500sq ft workshop gives To-Ta enough space to sep­a­rate me­chan­i­cal work from restora­tion, so the busi­ness will be tak­ing on rou­tine clas­sic car main­te­nance work in ad­di­tion to larger projects.

Townshend, who trained as a bus me­chanic with the West Mid­lands Trans­port Ex­ec­u­tive, has played drums for a num­ber of Bri­tish bands in­clud­ing Pop Will Eat It­self, The Won­der Stuff and The Beat. He was also the tech­ni­cal ed­i­tor on CCW’s sis­ter mag­a­zine Prac­ti­cal

Clas­sics for a num­ber of years and has con­trib­uted to sev­eral Bri­tish mo­tor­ing publi­ca­tions.

Townshend says of his new joint ven­ture: ‘I’ll be on site work­ing here as much as I can day-to-day when I’m not away on lo­ca­tion film­ing for Car SOS or on the road with a band. The guys at the busi­ness will be fea­tured on Car SOS too. We don’t mind film­ing ugly peo­ple as well as the beau­ti­ful.’ Series five of Car SOS has al­ready started film­ing at To-Ta although Townshend won’t re­veal when the first episode is due to air.

To-Ta’s 5000sq ft of­fers plenty of space for ma­jor projects and TV film­ing.

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