send­ing out an sos...

Fuzz re­turns to the telly to­mor­row with a new se­ries of Car SOS. Here’s what to look for­ward to

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Hello Fuzz. Wotcha, CCW read­ers.

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.

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