More Commercial Partners for The International Guild of Specialist Engineers

Guild-logoThe Guild has doubled in size in the last two years

Four new Commercial Partners and two new Members have joined in the last three months

Cutting edge technology meets history and heritage

‪Four new Commercial Partners and two new Members have joined TIGOSE (The International Guild of Specialist Engineers), the only association which exclusively supports and promotes classic motorised vehicle specialists, restorers, parts manufacturers and service providers both in the UK and abroad.

 

With new Commercial Partners Enviro-Strip (UK) Ltd, Performance Projects, System Store Solutions and Classic Management, TIGOSE has almost doubled the number of field leaders which, whilst not restoring vehicles directly, offer services and products to support the activities of top classic car specialists and parts manufacturers. Majestic Motors and Motor Sport Transmissions join the association as Members.

 

Enviro-Strip (UK) Ltd is a company which specialises in environmentally-sensitive paint decontamination, stillage manufacturer, repair and refurbishment. It works with the vast majority of the UK’s car manufacturers, as well as SMEs and private car owners. Operations Director Vaughan Bridgewater said “we are thrilled to be joining TIGOSE at such an exciting time in the history of our company, as our services are an integral part of any major restoration project.”

 

System Store Solutions, which designs, manufactures and installs ergonomic storage environments for workshops, is “the perfect match for TIGOSE Members’ specific care and maintenance of their tools and equipment,” says Managing Director David Price. “Specialists who aim for the best results also need the best environment in which to work.”

 

Performance Projects creates engineering design solutions for motorsport and niche vehicle programmes. “We undertake design work for all types of historic vehicles, with cutting edge technology like 3D printing and 3D 5-axis CNC machining,” says Technical Director Terence Goad. “It’s the sort of speciality which underpins restorers’ work, and rarely an in-house facility.”

 

Classic Management, owned by Simon Lines, provides classic car owners with a bespoke service to absorb hassle and minimise distraction, by liaising with specialists and restorers directly about specific projects. “We become the main point of reference, putting our experience and knowledge to the owner’s disposal. Joining TIGOSE as Commercial Partners means that we are constantly in touch with some of the top operators in the classic car industry.”

 

New Members, Majestic Motors and Motorsport Transmissions, are also now part of TIGOSE: Majestic Motors, renowned for their engineering background, specialises in preservation and restoration of classic cars and bikes, as well as race preparation and manufacturing of components. Motorsport Transmissions has recently been appointed an official agent by ZF Services UK for the service and rebuild of classic car transmissions.

 

TIGOSE celebrates its third birthday with an impressive range of Members, Commercial and Preferred Partners, whose total number has doubled in the last two years; the Guild’s bespoke Apprenticeship Programme, the first of its kind in the UK, has been developed specifically to train technician apprentices from any area across the UK, and is tailored to TIGOSE Members and Partners’ needs.

 

“When I launched TIGOSE, only three years ago, I had a vision: that of an association whose only purpose would be to support the finest classic vehicle specialists in their endeavours,” says TIGOSE Founder Michael Scott. “Whether by creating networking opportunities, circulating market news and trend information, or giving the opportunity to reach diverse audiences from young apprentices to the international media, TIGOSE is there to help, and I am encouraged to see the association grow steadily over time.”

 

Log in www.tigose.com for a full list of Members, Commercial Partners and Preferred Partners. TIGOSE also has a Facebook Page and a LinkedIn Group.

A Fuel Protect winner for Porsche Club Championship

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A FUEL PROTECT WINNER FOR PORSCHE CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP, BRANDS HATCH

  • Insurance package Fuel Protect sponsors cars and hospitality for Porsche Championship
  • Fuel Protect driver Jonathan Evans takes Race Two and Class Winner
  • Televised internationally on Motors TV

Round Seven and Eight of the Fuel Protect Porsche Club Championship with Pirelli celebrated the 200th Porsche Club Championship race at Brands Hatch. Jonathan Evans had his own celebration after race two, with an exciting win in the Fuel Protect-livered Boxster. He also got second place in race one and fastest lap in race two.

As in previous rounds, Fuel Protect-branded Porsche 996 C2s, Boxster and Cayman Ss were fielded on the full Brands Hatch GP circuit.

Insurance package Fuel Protect, whose logo adorns the racing Porsches throughout the Championship, provides cover against the risk of mis-fuelling incidents, for just under £20 a year: its involvement with the race series is the result of long-standing support of race-prepared Porsches and Porsche track days by Auto Fuel Fix, the UK’s largest independent roadside specialist recovery services, which attends, among others, the mis-fuelling incidents covered by Fuel Protect insurance.

“It was a great day out for us and our guests,” said Auto Fuel Fix MD Bruce Compton, who presided over hospitality on behalf of both Auto Fuel Fix and Fuel Protect. “Our own Jonathan Evans provided much of the thrill, as he came from near the back of the grid to win race two.”

Championship leader Pete Morris’s Strasse 996 C2 took pole in the qualifying session; Steve Cheetham was in the lead for much of it but eventually gave in to Tim Speed and his 968 CS.

Race One

Duckman went into Paddock Hill Bend side-by-side with Morris, and led the field into Druids corner; Morris, in turn, pulled clear of the fight for third which saw Wilkins under pressure from McAleer.

Duckman and Morris traded fastest laps at the front, but despite his best efforts, the latter had to settle for second.

Wilkins was a safe third, McAleer slowing a lap before the end with his gearbox stuck into first gear. Behind, Winter was a solitary fourth as Harrison just headed Johnson over the line to take fifth.

Early on in Class Two Cheetham had Speed and Evans right with him, but he eased away in the first laps, only for Speed to close back in by lap seven. Just as it looked like a lead battle was on the cards, Cheetham managed to create a gap, and was comfortably clear when he took the deserved win.

Race Two

Wilkins and Morris were on the front row for race two and both got good starts, Wilkins holding Morris on the outside through Paddock Hill Bend to take the lead.

A brave move round the outside at Hawthorns corner on the Grand Prix loop saw Duckman pass Johnson and start to close in on Morris. With him by lap seven, and the pair just a second behind Wilkins, a move into Druids a lap later saw Duckman’s Boxster into second.

The top three were nose-to-tail in the final laps; Wilkins had enough advantage and led Duckman and Morris across the line. Johnson was fourth ahead of Harrison and Dyer.

Speed was the early Class Two leader, initially with Jake McAleer and Cheetham in pursuit but, by half distance, it was Evans who worked his way through to second, and eased into the lead with two laps to go to take the class win.

“That was a great battle with Tim Speed,” said Evans; “he pushes that 968 to unbelievable limits and I was just trying to stay right with him, managed to get past him and open a gap at the end.”

During Fuel Protect Porsche Club Championship at Silverstone, in June, Evans got two wins and was also Driver of The Race.

Vitesse AuDessus’s light touch extends to one-piece carbon fibre wheels

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Vitesse AuDessus’s light touch extends to one-piece, full carbon fibre wheels

Bethesda, MD, July 27 – American bespoke carbon fibre atelier Vitesse AuDessus launches a line of one-piece, full carbon fibre wheels.

 

Hollow and perfectly balanced, each handcrafted wheel tips the scales at just over 13lbs (6kg) on average.

“In certain cases, our wheels reduce unsprung weight by more than 50%,“ says CEO Stefany Sanchez. “This dramatic reduction translates into increased acceleration, reduced stopping distance, improved steering and handling, improved grip, reduced road noise and vibrations and improved fuel economy. Technical details aside, they are also objects of beauty: think of your exotic or supercar as a Tom Ford suit or, in my case, a Carolina Herrera Dress. You wouldn’t pair either with a generic, mass-produced shoe or heel made with inferior materials, would you? I think not. And our clients would agree.”

Fabrication

Vitesse AuDessus’s new line of one-piece, full carbon fibre wheels uses prepreg carbon fibre fabric that is hand-laid and autoclave-cured in CNC-milled aluminium moulds, a process shared by Formula 1 race teams and respected Sweden-based supercar manufacturer Koenigsegg.

Vitesse AuDessus employs this same process for the brand’s full range of bespoke carbon fibre exteriors, interiors, components and monocoques which they produce for the world’s most exciting and exclusive automotive machines.

Production Range

Aside from Vitesse AuDessus’s bespoke offering, the company also produces a wide range of OEM-spec, one-piece full carbon fibre wheels for all current Lamborghini, Ferrari, McLaren, Bugatti, Bentley, Aston Martin, Porsche, Mercedes Benz and BMW models.

Pricing, warranty and lead time

Retail pricing for OEM wheels starts at $8,875/wheel, while bespoke pricing begins at $10,125/wheel. Price factors include design, dimensions and performance requirements. Vitess AuDessus carbon fibre wheels can be shipped all over the world to both individuals and businesses.

All Vitesse AuDessus’s products come with a 5-year warranty against defect or failure and a replacement guarantee.

Typical lead time for the company’s one-piece, full carbon fibre wheels is 3-4 weeks.

Technical Notes

The improvements in performance and handling dynamics netted by reduced unsprung weight is a function of lowered translational and rotational inertia; this translates into less energy required for acceleration/deceleration and keeping the tyres in contact with the road.

Vitesse AuDessus’s proprietary fabrication techniques take maximum advantage of carbon fibre’s strength-to-weight and directional properties. Stiffness and tensile strength can be greatly increased in a pinpointed fashion with only minor weight penalties, a feat that is all-together impossible for isotropic materials such as aluminium or steel.

Vitesse AuDessus. Tell a better story.

 

 

Useful links:

Facebook.com/VitesseAuDessus

Twitter.com/VitesseAuDessus

LinkedIn.com/company/vitesse-audessus

LinkedIn.com/in/stefanysanz

Website: www.vitesseaudessus.com

VITESSE | AU DESSUS
7315 WISCONSIN AVENUE, SUITE 400 WEST | BETHESDA,

MD 21075 USA

 

 

Bespoke carbon fibre atelier Vitesse Audessus international launch

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30 June 2015

 

BESPOKE CARBON FIBRE ATELIER VITESSE | AU DESSUS DÉBUTS

 

Bethesda, Maryland – Boutique carbon fibre atelier Vitesse | AuDessus, manufacturer of bespoke automotive pieces, announces its launch worldwide.

Vitesse | AuDessus, (or “Superior Speed” in French), has just launched its services globally. The company handcrafts bespoke carbon fibre exteriors, interiors, components and monocoques for the world’s most exciting and exclusive automotive machines.

Using the best materials available and employing cutting-edge technologies, Vitesse | AuDessus produces one-off parts which meet, and often exceed, OEM standards.

“Our clients have already selected the very best in their lives,” says Vitesse | AuDessus CEO Stefany Sanchez. “Everything they own is a reflection of their unique taste: from their home, yacht or jet all the way down to their cufflinks. So why should they accept a supercar or exotic vehicle that is no different than the one in their neighbour’s garage? Thus, we had a challenge: how do we make something that is already incredibly rare, sexy and exciting even rarer, sexier and even more exciting? The answer? We adorn every inch of it in handcrafted carbon fibre.”

Vitesse | AuDessus offers full carbon fibre body OEM solutions for top-of-the-range extreme machines like the Bugatti Veyron, McLaren P1, Ferrari LaFerrari, Porsche 918, Lamborghini Aventador and many others.

“At Vitesse | AuDessus we provide our clients with the opportunity to tell a better story,” explains Sanchez.

To that end, the company encourages its clients to become engaged in the planning and creative process: supercar owners are furnished with the latest 3D renderings and physical samples to help them establish their personal mandate, and Vitesse | AuDessus’s creations conform or diverge from OEM standards accordingly.

This novel ‘Saville Row experience’ offers Vitesse | AuDessus clients a selection of weaves, colors and final finishes; after every seam is planned, each piece is meticulously fabricated and finished by hand. The company also carries out the installation with an onsite visit, where feasible.

Carbon fibre exteriors typically range in price from $100k-$200k; bespoke pieces for Bugatti Veyron, Mclaren P1, Ferrari LaFerrari and Ferrari Enzo may carry a premium over that.

 

Vitesse | AuDessus. Tell a better story.

 

Useful links:

Facebook.com/VitesseAuDessus

Twitter.com/VitesseAuDessus

LinkedIn.com/company/vitesse-audessus

Website: www.vitesseaudessus.com

VITESSE | AU DESSUS
7315 WISCONSIN AVENUE, SUITE 400 WEST | BETHESDA, MD 21075 USA

 

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Note to Editors:

 

Vitesse | AuDessus’s products are 100% carbon fibre, pre-impregnated with activated resin. After laying the fabric by hand, the part is autoclave-cured, then meticulously finished, again by hand. Creating a full carbon fibre exterior to OEM specs typically takes 6-8 weeks.

 

Vitesse | AuDessus offers onsite installation in the US, UK, Europe, Middle East and Singapore. The installation process typically takes 1-2 weeks. After installation, all original equipment is returned in pristine condition.

 

Carbon fibre offers extraordinary weight savings over aluminium and steel and increased structural rigidity. Beyond function, Vitesse | AuDessus carbon fibre creations are individual works of handcrafted art.

 

As with any luxury good, rarity is an important valuation component. There are few full carbon fibre exotics and supercars on the market today. Thus, each full carbon fibre automotive machine delivered may become more valuable than its standard version.

 

A new ‘Classic Friendly’ member: Great Escape Cars

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21 April 2015

 

Fuzz Townshend makes Great Escape Cars ‘Classic Friendly’

  • Classic car hire company Great Escape joins Fuzz’s Classic Friendly
  • Network of garages who specialise in classic cars was launched a year ago
  • Fuzz is guest of honour at Great Escape’s Open Day

 

TV personality and classic car expert Fuzz Townshend welcomed classic car hire firm Great Escape Cars, as the newest Member of his ‘Classic Friendly’ network, at Great Escape Cars’ Open Day on Sunday, 19 April.

Created by Fuzz in partnership with Lee Reynolds, owner of Longmynd Service Station in Shropshire, Classic Friendly is a nationwide network of garages chosen on the basis of their ability to offer classic vehicle safety inspections, as well as brand-appropriate maintenance, servicing, and restoration services.

Classic Friendly garages are selected and endorsed as Members operating within a framework to provide classic car owners with the reassurance that their vehicles are safe and roadworthy. Inspections are backed by leading insurance brokers and tailored to suit classic and/or vintage vehicles.

“Great Escape is not only a business revolving around a large fleet of iconic classic cars,” says Fuzz, “but also boasts its own workshop, set up to service the needs of vehicles which are in constant use, being hired both by private individuals and TV production companies. This company’s high standards, expertise and perception of the classic car industry make it the ideal garage to keep classics on the road safely. Classic Friendly shares the same spirit.”

In light of the government’s proposal to extend MoT exemption to all cars older than 30 years, Classic Friendly Members aim to offer a standardised, consistent service across the network to assess classic cars’ condition and ensure they are safe to drive.

“I feel very strongly that the MOT exemption for older cars is bad news for both owners and road safety,” explains Graham Eason of Great Escape Cars. “The solution to the problem may not be to exempt older cars from compulsory testing, though this seems now inevitable. The Classic Friendly inspections, which are advisory reports with no ‘pass’ or ‘fail’ results, are the only alternative to the MOT that we have found and with which we are happy.”

 

 

Great Escape Cars was founded in 2006 by Graham and Janine Eason, to make renting a vintage car simple, easy and enjoyable.

Today Great Escape Cars is the UK’s largest classic car hire company operating from its base in the Midlands; both the business and its fleet have grown as private classic car hire has been joined by corporate and TV production demand for classic and vintage vehicles. More information is available at www.greatescapecars.co.uk or by calling 01527 893733.

 

Record ratings for National Geographic Channel’s Car S.O.S.

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ALDRIDGE, UNITED KINGDOM- Tim Shaw and Fuzz Townshend driving a pristine Jaguar E-Type. (Photo credit: National Geographic Channels/Jon Scorer)

ALDRIDGE, UNITED KINGDOM- Tim Shaw and Fuzz Townshend driving a pristine Jaguar E-Type.
(Photo credit: National Geographic Channels/Jon Scorer)

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22 April 2015

Record ratings (again) for second episode of Fuzz Townshend’s Car S.O.S.

  • Car S.O.S. records highest ratings among all factual programmes on satellite channels
  • Troublesome E-Type returned to tip-top condition with much effort and determination
  • Third episode of Car S.O.S. third season aired tomorrow, featuring MkI Golf GTI

 

TV presenter Fuzz Townshend’s Car S.O.S.’s new, third season, tops the ratings again: the series’s second episode, featuring Fuzz’s gruesome odyssey to return a Jaguar E-type to its original splendour, wins first position in the factual programme charts on satellite channels for the second time in two weeks.

 

“Car S.O.S.’s top position for the first episode of the current series was already a record,” said Fuzz, “but the position seems to have consolidated now, with similar amazing reception from audiences all over the world.”

 

Car S.O.S. is in its third series; owned by the National Geographic Channel, the brand new season is broadcast in the UK on Thursdays at 8.00pm. Channel 4 and More4 have already bought the broadcasting rights to the first and second series.

 

The third episode of Car S.O.S., “Golf GTi Obsession”, is broadcast tomorrow, 23 April, on National Geographic Channel, at 8.00pm. A 1982 MkI Golf GTi, belonging to a man who’s been suffering from debilitating headaches for a decade, needs Fuzz and co-presenter Tim to come to the rescue. The ultimate Eighties’ hot-hatch is in a bad state, but giving it a new lease of life is not as difficult as reconciling Fuzz and Tim’s completely different ideas about how the GTi should look, when completed.

 

 

 

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.