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.