TOWNSHEND LAUNCHES NEW CLASSIC BUSINESS
Car SOS TV show filming starts in our Fuzz’s latest workshop venture
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.