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Fuzz returns to the telly tomorrow with a new series of Car SOS. Here’s what to look forward to
Our very own master mechanic Fuzz Townshend returns to the small screen tomorrow (16 March) with a new series of Car SOS at 8pm on the National Geographic Channel. Joined once again by co-presenter and all-round good chap Tim Shaw, the pair will continue whisking tired classics away, restoring them and handing them back to their unwitting owners. Fuzz and his team have put together ten gleaming new episodes, that will be shown in successive weeks. Anyway, we’ll let Fuzz do the rest of the talking…
So, what sort of cars will we see in this new series?
There’s a great selection this year, including a Jaguar Mk2, a Fiat Dino, and a Sunbeam Alpine. A Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Pagoda is featuring in the first episode.
And what should we expect in the first episode?
Well that Mercedes proved to be the most challenging car we’ve ever featured on Car SOS. It was the most brutally repaired car I’ve ever done.
That sounds like a bit of a pain! Which was your favourite restoration of the series?
The 1941 Tilly (Austin Utility Truck). I really like them and we’ve done a really good job on this one. The reason I like them so much is that the over-engineering on that car is fantastic. It’s a really early example of a monocoque, and it shows how far forward car technology was at that time.
Which episode do you think will pull most on the viewers’ heart strings?
All of them. I can’t pick. Okay, maybe I can. It’ll probably be the Caterham Seven episode. There are a lot of great stories and some really really deserving people. But the story behind this one is really quite harrowing.
So this is the first series with your new outfit, To-Ta. How are things different?
Well the workshop is a bit tidier, for starters! We’ve got a really great new team for this series. We’ve all done so well, especially as it was basically from a standing start. We didn’t even have equipment until 15 August last year! It’s been quite a challenge setting up a new business and the show. But now our premises are purpose-made, we can concentrate on making great artisan classic car restorations.
Artisan? Sounds very posh. Any plans for the next series?
Well, we don’t get recommissioned until the series is over. And by the time readers are watching the show, our work for the programme will be over – we’ve had more than 4000 nominations! So the sky’s the limit at the moment.
And what about everything else? Still playing drums? Still writing?
I’ll be out touring with The Beat, as well as doing a few dates with Pop Will Eat Itself. And I’ll have more time to write for my favourite classic car newspaper, too. About time. Anything else? Come on, the weather’s finally starting to look good, so get your classics out and give enjoy them ( Fuzz’s guide on preparing your classic for spring is on p12 - Ed). Remember too to treat your car to an MoT test, even if it’s exempt.
❚ Fuzz Townshend will also be live tweeting (@fuzztownshend) during each episode of car sOs
Jaguar Mk2 stars in the new series, along with a Fiat Dino and Pagoda Mercedes 230 sl.