‘FUEL PROTECT’ IS NEW TITLE SPONSOR FOR PORSCHE CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP 2015

14 April 2015

 

  • Brand new insurance product sponsors Porsche true track competition
  • Fuel Protect-branded cars and hospitality
  • Televised internationally on Motors TV
  • Races at main UK circuits, including the full GP circuits at Brands Hatch and Silverstone
  • Season starts on May 2

Fuel Protect has been announced as the new title sponsor for the 2015 Porsche Club Championship with Pirelli: under the deal, which includes a comprehensive hospitality package, participating Fuel Protect-branded Porsches will compete in the 14-race, seven-meeting season, with races featured internationally on Motors TV in scheduled stand-alone programmes.

The new sponsorship is the culmination of a long-term series of promotional activities with race-prepared Porsches and Porsche track days carried out by Auto Fuel Fix, which, as the UK’s largest independent roadside specialist recovery services, attends all mis-fuelling incidents covered by Fuel Protect.

Fuel Protect, a brand new insurance product, launched by Andeva Underwriting Agency Ltd, addresses the risk of mis-fuelling incidents, substantially minimising both costs and consequences, and provides cover for just £20 a year. Under Fuel Protect’s insurance, Auto Fuel Fix specialists ‘race’ to the scene, drain the contaminated fuel and ensure that the vehicle can be restarted to continue its journey with minimum inconvenience, waiting time, costs and further damage.

“We have been involved with the Porsche Club Championship for years,” says Auto Fuel Fix MD Bruce Compton, “as our AFF Racing Porsche participated in the races. It made sense, for us, to celebrate the launch of Fuel Protect by becoming even more involved with the racing series and secure the title sponsorship.”

“We are pleased to welcome Fuel Protect as title sponsor of the Fuel Protect Porsche Club Championship with Pirelli,” says Porsche Club Motorsport’s Steve Kevlin. “Fuel Protect and the Porsche Club Championship are a good fit. The involvement of Fuel Protect ensures the championship will be televised in full during the 2015 season.”

The 2015 Fuel Protect Porsche Club Championship with Pirelli, which starts on May 2, consists of seven races at major UK circuits, including the full GP course at Brands Hatch and Silverstone, as well as Oulton Park, Croft, Snetterton 300 and Donington Park; it is competed across three classes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note to editors: Fuel Protect is a trading name of Andeva Underwriting Agency Limited, registered in England and Wales (No 07789327) at registered office St Pancras House, Jacobs Yard, Basingstoke, RG21 7PE. Andeva Underwriting Agency Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Visit www.andevauw.co.uk or email: customerservices@andevauw.co.uk

  

Auto Fuel Fix has been growing under current management with Bruce Compton as its Managing Director since 2009.

The company’s mission statement is to get motorists up and running as quickly and painlessly as possible. Its success rate in getting affected cars back on the road approaches 100%.

More information about Auto Fuel Fix’s services, relevant certificates and compliance, state-of-the-art technology, equipment and techniques used, can be obtained by visiting www.autofuelfix.com.

 

Fuzz Townshend’s Car S.O.S. first episode smashes records

 

15 April 2015

 

  • Brand new episode of TV presenter’s Car S.O.S. tops ratings
  • 1962 Healey Sprite racer and Sir Stirling Moss featured
  • Second episode of Car S.O.S. third season aired tomorrow, featuring E-Type

 

TV presenter Fuzz Townshend celebrates top ratings for the first episode of Car S.O.S.’s new series (Season 3): owned by and aired on National Geographic Channel, Thursday 9 April, and featuring Sir Stirling Moss, the programme earned first place in the top five factual programmes on satellite channels.

“We are all extremely pleased to see how popular the new series of Car S.O.S. is already proving to be,” said Fuzz. “We could not have hoped for a better start, both in the UK and in the other 100+ countries where the series is broadcast.”

The new series follows a successful format, with ten cars (one per episode) being reconditioned and given back to their unsuspecting owners, as Fuzz Townshend and his co-presenter Tim Shaw work hard to fulfill the series’ purpose of “rebuilding cars and lives.”

The second episode of Car S.O.S., “E-Type Emergency”, is broadcast tomorrow night, 16 April, on National Geographic Channel, at 8.00pm. Fuzz, with co-presenter Tim, responds to a plea for help from the family of a school caretaker who, plagued by osteoporosis, has a much loved E-Type rotting away in his garage, as he is unable to restore it. Fuzz and his team have only three weeks to return the E-Type to the way it was in 1966, when brand new.

Will the rust, which has taken hold of the car, dampen Fuzz’s enthusiasm?

Watch the programme to find out the outcome of those three weeks’ of intense work and high emotions.

 

Useful links:

Fuzz Townshend’s Facebook page: Fuzz Townshend FB page

Twitter: @fuzztownshend

Car SOS series: www.channel4.com/programmes/car-sos and natgeotv.com/uk/car-sos/about

 

Car S.O.S. in numbers:

 

30                    the number of cars reconditioned across the three series filmed so far

 

100+                the number of countries where the show is broadcast

 

500/1,000        the number of man-hours spent on each of the projects

 

24                    the number of weeks spent to do ten cars (per series)

 

500k                the number of regular viewers in the UK

                       

Note to Editors:

Richard Townshend, renamed ‘Fuzz’ in junior school because of his Afro hair, has been fond of old motor cars (and buses!), as well as music, since his childhood. He served a full diesel motor vehicle engineer apprenticeship and worked at a bus garage on Daimler and Leyland buses. From staff writer to Technical Editor at Practical Classics, and currently the owner of a classic car restoration business, Westgate Classics, Fuzz Townshend’s effort to diversify and grow resulted in a successful screen test for a new National Geographical Channel show, ‘Car SOS’. The production company also selected the workshop as the main location for the series, and the place where restoration projects are carried out.

Fuzz’s latest venture, Classic Friendly Ltd, (www.classicfriendly.co.uk) is a network of classic-friendly garages which give classic cars the once-over in the post ‘no-MOT’ era, as well as standardised servicing. He is still a mean drummer.

 

The International Guild of Specialist Engineers grows at Race Retro

  • The Guild’s training partner Emtec Colleges and bespoke automotive solution provider Envisage share stand with TIGOSE
  • TIGOSE project, the Steady Special, launched on Motor Sport magazine stand
  • TIGOSE Members also had individual stands at the show

The International Guild of Specialist Engineers’ presence at Race Retro 2015 (20-22 February) was a particularly vociferous one: not only did the association have a dedicated stand in Hall 2, shared with its training partner, Emtec Colleges (which delivers the Guild’s Apprenticeship Programme) and bespoke automotive solution provider (and TIGOSE Member) Envisage Group, but it also celebrated the unveiling of the TIGOSE-centred Lancia Astura Steady Special. Several TIGOSE Members had their individual stands at Race Retro, evidence of the association’s main thrust in historic engineering and manufacturing.

“It is the second Race Retro appointment for The International Guild of Specialist Engineers, and we have grown exponentially over the last year,” said a beaming Michael Scott, founder of the Guild and owner of the Steady Special unveiled at the show. “Our Apprenticeship Programme is provided by Emtec Colleges, which trains young people in traditional skills and modern technology for the Guild Members. We are lucky enough to have the support of Cranfield University Programme Director and TIGOSE Steering Panel Member, Clive Temple. We have strong, supportive Preferred and Commercial Partners whose fields of expertise cover everything, from 3D design (Central Scanning) to business advice (motor trade-focused accountants and business advisers Khan Thornton), private banking (EFG), specialist insurance and risk management provider (Aston Scott) and a prestigious auction house (H&H).”

The International Guild of Specialist Engineers gathers the top talents and businesses in the classic and historic racing car industry: at Race Retro, its President, British designer Tony Southgate, unveiled the Lancia Astura Steady Special whose restoration was completed with the help of TIGOSE Members; Michael Scott was interviewed on the Feature Stage about TIGOSE and the Apprenticeship Programme, as well as the “labour of love” that was the Lancia’s restoration.

Fellow stand-holder Envisage brought example pieces that their highly-skilled teams had hand-crafted, formed and welded together using traditional panel-forming techniques: a polished boot lid and a spun and laser-cut light shroud. Envisage offer solutions to support prestigious OEMs, ranging in project size, and including turnkey solutions. With core business capabilities including Technical Recruitment, Design, Engineering, Visioneering’s model making, Coachbuilt Manufacture (for low-volume), as well as expertise in CAD Technology, Envisage epitomises the depth and width of skills supported and promoted by TIGOSE.

Emtec Colleges, which also shared TIGOSE’s stand, was at hand throughout the weekend to offer advice to young enthusiasts and teenagers looking into carving out a career for themselves in a competitive and richly historical industry.

Elsewhere at the show, TIGOSE Members carried out brisk business on their stands: Laranca Engineering displayed its splendid BMW 3.0 CSL as well as a selection of motor sport parts manufactured for competitors and high blue-chip companies in the World Touring Car Championship, British Touring Car Championship, and for classic touring cars, among others.

Central Scanning demonstrated the latest Artec Eva handheld scanner and a Stratasys 3D printer as well as a Steinbichler Comet L3D 8M, doing ‘live’ scanning at the show; they also had the Porsche RS60 Spyder replica created after Central Scanning scanned the original in Germany and designed the wooden buck. The car has been manufactured using traditional craftsmanship complemented by 3D Technology.

Tandler Precision showed examples of a wide variety of crown wheel and pinions and gears that they have manufactured for historic and competition vehicles over the years.

Triumph specialist Jigsaw had two cars on their stand: one, the Le Mans Spitfire Evocation, is now being finished to customer’s specification with a view to competing later in the 2015 season. It is built to be eligible for MGCC Ecurie GTS, AMOC Equipe GTS or CSCC Classic K race series.

The second was a car that had not been seen for some years, the 1966 Modsports GT6, built by Chris Williams, which he campaigned in the Seventies, finishing 6th overall in the 1973 Modsports Championship. Shown as it was found, Jigsaw hope to have it out and about later this season and back with its fellow Modsports racers in the CSCC series.

Race Retro turned into a great day of driving for TIGOSE Member BGMsport, who took a Ford RS200, Skoda Octavia WRC, Vauxhall Chevette HSR, Talbot Sunbeam Lotus, two Ford Sierra Cosworths and a Lotus Ford Cortina for much action outside on a live rally stage. Over the weekend, members of the BGMsport team also shared their experiences on the Race Retro Feature Stage.

“We plan to continue adding valuable workshops, garages and businesses to the Guild, promote their activities to the outside world, and provide them with continuous support and tailored services,” said Michael Scott. “Race Retro was yet another opportunity to celebrate our Members’ achievements in the industry, and reinforce the Guild’s presence within it.”

For more information about Envisage Group, Tandler Precision, Central Scanning, Laranca Engineering, Jigsaw and BGMsport, as well as other Guild Members and Preferred Partners Aston Scott, EFG, H&H and Khan Thornton, visit www.tigose.com.

Classic Aware: you know your car? Prove it.

  • Brand new UK campaign promotes importance of having one’s classic properly maintained
  • Response to government and EU plans for younger classic vehicles to be MoT-exempt
  • Movement backed by CAR SOS presenter Fuzz Townshend
  • Classic Car Weekly readers also inspirational to the campaign  

 

A brand new campaign, Classic Aware, is officially launched today to promote the importance of having one’s classic vehicle inspected and maintained on a regular basis.

Since November 2012, obligatory MoT tests have been scrapped for any vehicle registered prior to 1 January 1960. When the forthcoming EU Roadworthiness Directive becomes active in 2018, a larger number of vehicles may be affected as the Directive calls for 30-year-old (and older) vehicles with no substantial changes made to them, to be given some form of exemption from testing.

Whilst it may not be a legal requirement to have a current MoT on one’s classic, the burden of responsibility falls onto the individual driving the vehicle at the time of any accident and/or offence.

The new campaign intends to encourage classic vehicle owners to take charge by refusing to rely solely on home-checks, but substitute the no-longer compulsory MoT with appropriate safety checks and thorough inspections by independent specialists.

 

Classic Aware’s mission statement: Prove it.

Is your car roadworthy? Prove It.

You only do 1000 Miles A Year? Prove It.

You know your car? Prove It.

 

The new movement has the enthusiastic support of TV presenter, classic car garage owner, Classic Friendly founder and Cherished Cars insurer Carole Nash brand ambassador Fuzz Townshend, who also inspired it, as well as Bauer Media publication Classic Car Weekly and PR consultancy AV PR.

“I am but one of the many voices rising from within the classic car world,” said Fuzz. “Owner inspections might miss crucial clues that affect classic cars more deeply than modern cars (which have more automated safety systems in place); once compulsory testing is removed, there would be very little between the road and some 650,000 cars. Statistically, the government talks about classic cars only being involved in 0.03% of road accidents, but any number of lives lost is significant, and it is only a matter of time before self-regulating, occasional checks take their toll.”

CCW editor Keith Adams is equally vociferous: “we’re opposing the proposed move, in the strongest terms, and I’m hoping the wider industry will, too. Insurers, especially now, should look at the implications, and consider how they can persuade their policy holder to test their cars, regardless of age.”

Whilst there are those who do not oppose plans to make more and more classic cars MoT-exempt, it is clear from CCW readers’ comments that Classic Aware will gather momentum with the public, insurers, the UK media and garages’ support.

Classic Aware has its own dedicated website: www.classicaware.com.

Fuzz Townshend at the Restoration and Classic Car Show 2015

Interviewed on Live Stage at the Practical Classics Restoration Show (28-29 March)
Brand Ambassador for engineering and decontamination services firm, Enviro-Strip
Spokesperson for ‘Classic Aware’, the new classic car movement    

 

British TV presenter Fuzz Townshend was the voice of choice for businesses, campaigns, clubs and the classic car industry when he spent last weekend at the Practical Classics Restoration and Classic Car Show.

Appointments with the public included several interactive interviews on the ‘Ask The Experts’ stage involving the audience, joining a panel of the most popular British TV presenters in the game show “Would I Lie To You”, being a guest on the TSSC stand (as Fuzz is the Club’s honorary President) and spending time on Enviro-Strip’s stand, signing autographs and explaining the environmentally-aware stripping processes that Enviro-Strip uses, to classic car owners looking to book their vehicles for that very important first stage of restoration.

Fuzz is also a passionate supporter of “Classic Aware”, a new campaign promoting the importance of having one’s classic vehicle properly checked: in the light of forthcoming new legislation potentially scrapping MoT requirements for classic vehicles older than thirty years, Fuzz’s relentless efforts to sensitise owners to take proper care of their classic inspired much of the public-facing activities carried out by the CAR SOS star at the Restoration Show.

The third series of the hit TV show Car SOS, co-presented by Fuzz since its inception and recently launched to the media globally, starts on the National Geographic Channel next week, April 9, at 8.00pm.

Car SOS series: www.channel4.com/programmes/car-sos and natgeotv.com/uk/car-sos/about

Fuzz Townshend’s website: www.fuzztownshend.com

Classic Aware website: www.classicaware.com

Richard Townshend, renamed ‘Fuzz’ in junior school because of his Afro hair, has been fond of old motor cars (and buses!), as well as music, since his childhood. He served a full diesel motor vehicle engineer apprenticeship and worked at a bus garage on Daimler and Leyland buses. From staff writer to Technical Editor at Practical Classics, and currently the owner of a classic car restoration business, Westgate Classics, Fuzz Townshend’s effort to diversify and grow resulted in a successful screen test for a new National Geographical Channel show, ‘Car SOS’. The production company also selected the workshop as the main location for the series, and the place where restoration projects are carried out.

Fuzz’s latest venture, Classic Friendly Ltd, (www.classicfriendly.co.uk) is a network of classic-friendly garages which give classic cars the once-over in the post ‘no-MOT’ era, as well as standardised servicing. He also continues his career as a mean drummer, having played with such luminaries as The Wonder Stuff, The Beat, Pop Will Eat Itself, EMF, Bentley Rhythm Ace.

His solo music has been used in Sex and the City, Malcolm in the Middle, Jackass, Charmed, Spaced, National Lampoon’s and many more.

 

Classic Aware is a brand new campaign (launched this month) which intends to encourage classic vehicle owners not to rely solely on home-checks, but substitute the no-longer compulsory MoT with appropriate safety inspections by independent specialists. The campaign’s mission statement is: Prove it. The movement (inspired and encouraged by Fuzz) has the support of individuals, clubs, insurance companies and media. www.classicaware.com

 

Enviro-Strip is a British company based in Staffordshire which specialises in environmentally-friendly industrial paint stripping and decontamination services for the automotive, manufacturing and process industries. They also provide metal finishing, stillage/pallet repair and refurbishment, engineering and calibration services. www.envirostripukltd.com

Car S.O.S. new series launched to international media by Fuzz Townshend

Car S.O.S. new series launched to international media by Fuzz Townshend

  • Media launch hosted by National Geographic Channel on 18 March
  • The London Transport Museum was venue for screening and media interviews
  • 1962 Healey Sprite racer at the launch featured in special episode of new series

 

Car S.O.S. presenter Fuzz Townshend announced the new series (Season 3) of the popular TV programme at the international media launch hosted by the National Geographic Channel at the London Transport Museum. The new series will be shown from April 9, at 8pm, on Thursdays.

The show, which is owned and broadcast worldwide in more than 100 countries by the National Geographic Channel, is now in its third series; rights to the first and second series have recently been bought by UK terrestrial channel Channel 4 and the programme is also shown on More4.

Dozens of media representatives from around the world gathered at the London Transport Museum to interview Fuzz and co-presenter Tim Shaw. With thirty cars (ten episodes per series) now reconditioned and given back to extremely grateful and deserving owners, and thousands of work hours spent on them, Fuzz Townshend and co-presenter Tim Shaw have become familiar faces on the small screen, fronting a programme whose mission statement is: “rebuilding cars and lives.”

“I am really excited to announce the latest season of Car S.O.S.,” said Fuzz. “Each car we find and choose to recondition holds a story. Barn finds (as so many of the cars we have worked on are) hold promises we are keen to unravel: even the glovebox may store some surprise.”

The launch also featured another star: an Austin Healey Sprite Sebring, one of four cars built by Healey to enter the 1962 Sebring 12-Hour Florida International GP of Endurance (in the Sebring 3 Hours, GT category, <1-litre engines). Lighter than the standard model, with race-tuned engine, upgraded suspension and brakes and a racing box, it is the only surviving one of the four, driven by Sir Stirling Moss, Pedro Rodriguez, Innes Ireland and Steve McQueen (all for BMC).

Moss led the race for most of the time, ran out of fuel and ended up third overall against a brace of very quick Abarths.

True to the spirit of the Car S.O.S. series, work on the car was carried out by Fuzz’s team in secret at Fuzz’s own garage, Westgate Classics, trying to preserve as much as possible of the original specs.

The Sprite Sebring took pride of place at the London Transport Museum; it had been presented to Sir Stirling after work was completed, a few weeks ago, at the Gaydon Heritage Motor Centre.

“It is always a buzz to unveil a car which has been restored by the Car S.O.S. team and Westgate workshop,” said Fuzz. “However, when the recipient is Sir Stirling Moss, the stress to complete the job to the best of our abilities is increased tenfold. It was great to see one of the most famous racing drivers of all times drive away in a car he had not seen for over fifty years.”

Some of Car S.O.S.’s useful numbers:

30                    the number of cars reconditioned across the three series filmed so far

100+                the number of countries where the show is broadcast

500/1,000        the number of man-hours spent on each of the projects

24                    the number of weeks spent to do ten cars (per series)

500k                the number of regular viewers in the UK