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.
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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.