Car SOS

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Car SOS
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Genre
Directed by
  • Stephen Taylor Woodrow
  • Stuart Readfern
  • Jon Scorer
  • Steve Bonser
  • James Redgate
  • Ben Mann
Presented by
Starring
  • Car restoration team
Narrated by
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series9
No. of episodes92 (including 1 special) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
  • Charlie Bunce
  • Theo Williams
  • Carolyn Payne
  • Simon Raikes
ProducerStephen Taylor Woodrow
Production locationsSOS Workshop Ltd in Oldbury, West Midlands, England
Editors
  • Del Kersting
  • David Barry
  • Steve Wey
  • Graham Carr
Running time44 mins approx (not inc. advertisements)
Production companiesRenegade Pictures
National Geographic Channels
NGC UK Partnership
DistributorNGC Network International
Release
Original networkNational Geographic Channel
Channel 4/More4 (repeats)
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Original release7 February 2013 (2013-02-07) –
present
External links
Car SOS at National Geographic UK
Production website

Car SOS is a British automotive entertainment television series that airs on National Geographic Channel as well as being repeated on Channel 4 and More4.[1][2] The series began in 2013 and is presented by Tim Shaw and Fuzz Townshend.[1]

Tim and Fuzz work closely with a specialist car restoration team helping to restore owners' classic cars from across the UK and Europe, often beginning in a serious state of disrepair. The owner, unbeknownst to them, and their car are nominated by a relative or friend because the owner is unable to continue the restoration of the vehicle, due to unforeseen medical or financial reasons. The owners are then surprised with their finished car in a staged event, usually set up by Shaw.

In a special series-three episode, a 1962 Austin-Healey Sebring Sprite destined for the British Motor Museum was restored with the owner's knowledge, breaking the show's format due to the car's significance, having been driven by a racing team that included Steve McQueen, and Sir Stirling Moss, who appears in the episode.

Presenters[edit]

The series is presented by motor vehicle and engineering enthusiast Tim Shaw and musician and mechanic Fuzz Townshend.[1] Townshend leads a team of car restoration experts who mainly work off camera, though they do have occasional cameos, most notably "Workshop" Phil Palmer's appearances within skits or scripted light-hearted moments taking place within the workshop.

Presenters
Tim Shaw
Presenter, Tim Shaw.
Fuzz Townshend
Presenter, Fuzz Townshend.

Format[edit]

Each episode begins with Tim and Fuzz picking up and reviewing the featured car. Shaw will discuss why the car is being restored with the nominee's relatives, while Townshend inspects the car's state, working out the amount of work needed. The car is then winched onto a trailer and taken to Townshend's workshop, where it is inspected further by all of the restoration team. As the restoration work begins, Shaw is given a list and travels the country to find the needed parts, often portrayed in a comedic, 'blagging' manner. Shaw and Townshend will occasionally break from the restoration, leaving it in the safe hands of the team to visit other restored models of the same car, test driving them and talking with other owners. Towards the end of the restoration, Shaw invites the nominee's family to discuss setting up a fake scenario or event in which they can return the car to the owner. The staged event is also usually presented in a comedic manner, with Shaw often in disguise before revealing himself and his intentions to the owner, who is then presented with their restored car.

A special aired as the third episode of the third series featuring Sir Stirling Moss. A 1962 Sebring Austin Healey Sprite, once driven at Sebring as part of a racing team featuring Steve McQueen and Sir Stirling Moss, was restored by the team and was placed in the Heritage Motor Centre (now named the British Motor Museum) once completed.[3] In the 1962 race, a sister car was driven by Moss to a class win, and second overall. That car had since been destroyed, leaving the team car, restored by the team, as the only Sebring Sprite left in the world.

Episodes[edit]

Eight series of Car SOS have aired as of March 2021, each containing 10 episodes.

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1107 February 2013 (2013-02-07)11 April 2013 (2013-04-11)
21024 March 2014 (2014-03-24)26 May 2014 (2014-05-26)
3109 April 2015 (2015-04-09)11 June 2015 (2015-06-11)
4107 April 2016 (2016-04-07)9 June 2016 (2016-06-09)
51016 March 2017 (2017-03-16)18 May 2017 (2017-05-18)
61018 March 2018 (2018-03-18)10 May 2018 (2018-05-10)
71028 February 2019 (2019-02-28)2 May 2019 (2019-05-02)
S214 February 2019 (2019-02-14)21 February 2019 (2019-02-21)
81012 March 2020 (2020-03-12)11 March 2021 (2021-03-11)
91018 March 2021 (2021-03-18)20 May 2021 (2021-05-20)

Series 1 (2013)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
11"Cosworth in Crisis"7 February 2013 (2013-02-07)
Tim and Fuzz rescue a 1986 Ford Sierra RS Cosworth for Darren since The Sierra was neglected after a family tragedy.
22"Beetle Mania"14 February 2013 (2013-02-14)
Tim and Fuzz attempt to renovate 'Boris the Blade', a Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle.
33"Phoenix Jeep"21 February 2013 (2013-02-21)
Tim and Fuzz renovate a US Army World War II Willys Jeep damaged in an arson.
44"Fiat Fiasco"28 February 2013 (2013-02-28)
Tim and Fuzz help an injured man with his Fiat 850 Sport.
55"Anglia Angels"7 March 2013 (2013-03-07)
Tim and Fuzz work with a family, all of whom have a Ford Anglia.
66"The Rover's Return"14 March 2013 (2013-03-14)
Tim and Fuzz help an injured man with his 1972 Rover P6.
77"Triumph of the Stag"21 March 2013 (2013-03-21)
Tim and Fuzz go Portsmouth to help an injured former Royal Navy diver's 1976 Triumph Stag.
88"Austin Re-Powered"28 March 2013 (2013-03-28)
Tim and Fuzz go to Suffolk to secretly restore a 1928 Austin 12 Tourer.
99"Zodiac Come Back"4 April 2013 (2013-04-04)
Tim and Fuzz restore a Ford Zodiac in Norfolk.
1010"Lotus Flowers"11 April 2013 (2013-04-11)
Tim and Fuzz restore a 1970 Lotus Elan in Warwickshire owned by an injured ex-racer.

Series 2 (2014)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
111"Cortina Conundrum"24 March 2014 (2014-03-24)
Tim and Fuzz restore a Ford Cortina GT that is little more than a well-preserved body shell with a hole in the roof.
122"MG Miracle"31 March 2014 (2014-03-31)
Tim and Fuzz go to Cheshire for a 1938 MG TA.
133"A Porsche Puzzle"7 April 2014 (2014-04-07)
Tim.and Fuzz restore a 1980s Porsche 911 from East Anglia that is rusting and collapsing in on itself.
144"The Herald Angels"14 April 2014 (2014-04-14)
Tim and Fuzz go to Cornwall for a 1970 Triumph Herald.
155"Land Rover Legend"21 April 2014 (2014-04-21)
Tim and Fuzz go to South Yorkshire for a Series 1 Land Rover that has not been driven in 16 years.
166"Start the Dart"28 April 2014 (2014-04-28)
Tim and Fuzz go to Berkshire for a Daimler SP250 Dart which has been in a shed for over 10 years.
177"Morris Traveller Mayday"5 May 2014 (2014-05-05)
Tim and Fuzz go to Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire to help finish restoring a 1968 Morris Traveller.
188"Danish Dilemma"12 May 2014 (2014-05-12)
Tim and Fuzz go to Denmark to fix a 1968 Volvo Amazon, that's been in the same family for over 45 years.
199"Escort RS in Distress"19 May 2014 (2014-05-19)
Tim and Fuzz travel to Dorset to restore a 1980s Ford Escort RS 1600i.
2010"Campervan Challenge"26 May 2014 (2014-05-26)
Tim and Fuzz go to Hartlepool to restore a 1971 classic VW T2 Type 2 camper van.

Series 3 (2015)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
211"E-Type Emergency"9 April 2015 (2015-04-09)
Tim and Fuzz restore an injured man's Jaguar E-Type.
222"Awesome Audi"16 April 2015 (2015-04-16)
Tim and Fuzz restore a 1984 Audi UR Quattro in Brighton.
233"Stirling Moss Sprite Special"23 April 2015 (2015-04-23)
Tim and Fuzz restore a historic Austin-Healey Sprite, which has been in a garage since 1968. Racer Sir Stirling Moss appears and drives the completed car.
244"Morgan Mayhem"30 April 2015 (2015-04-30)
Tim and Fuzz go to Northumberland for a 1934 Morgan F4 three-wheeler, which has been in a shed for over 50 years.
255"Skyline Sensation"7 May 2015 (2015-05-07)
In Hampshire, Tim and Fuzz convert a collision-damaged 1995 Nissan Skyline R33 GT-R that has been kept in a shed.
266"Alfa Romeo Renaissance"14 May 2015 (2015-05-14)
Tim and Fuzz restore a 1963 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider, a two-seater convertible that has been kept in a dusty barn in Essex.
277"Tim's Golf GTI Obsession"21 May 2015 (2015-05-21)
Tim and Fuzz go to Hampshire to repair a 1982 VW Golf GTI Mk1 that has been kept in a garage since a road collision in 2001.
288"Lancia Reborn"28 May 2015 (2015-05-28)
Tim and Fuzz try to restore a 1967 Lancia Flavia coupé, that has been kept for over 30 years in a Rochdale garage.
299"Little Black Corvette"4 June 2015 (2015-06-04)
Tim and Fuzz restore 1974 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray in Essex.
3010"Vive La Citroën"11 June 2015 (2015-06-11)
Tom and Fuzz go Eastbourne in East Sussex for a 1954 Citroën Traction Avant belonging to former watchmaker and classic car lover.

Series 4 (2016)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
311"Volvo P1800"7 April 2016 (2016-04-07)
Tim Fuzz and Sir Roger Moore restore Peter's 1964 Volvo P1800.
322"AC Aceca"14 April 2016 (2016-04-14)
Tim and Fuzz are off to Leeds to take on a little British sports car, the AC Aceca.
333"BMW 2002 Turbo"21 April 2016 (2016-04-21)
A Car S.O.S. call comes in for a BMW 2002 Turbo.
344"Datsun 240Z"28 April 2016 (2016-04-28)
Tim and Fuzz go to West Sussex to salvage a Datsun 240Z engine.
355"Range Rover Vogue SE"5 May 2016 (2016-05-05)
Tim and Fuzz restore a 1991 Range Rover.
366"Mazda MX5"12 May 2016 (2016-05-12)
Tim and Fuzz restore a sports car for a former ambulance driver in Plymouth, who was forced to abandon the project for health reasons.
377"Singer Le Mans"19 May 2016 (2016-05-19)
Tim and Fuzz restore a two-seater Singer Le Mans sports car that has not been on the road for 17 years.
388"Vauxhall Astra GTE"26 May 2016 (2016-05-26)
Tim and Fuzz restore a General Motors Vauxhall Astra GTE.
399"Mini Cooper S"2 June 2016 (2016-06-02)
Tim and Fuzz go to Eastbourne to secretly restore a 1962 Mini Cooper S into a replica of the Monte Carlo-winning #37.
4010"Shaw and Townshend's Greatest Hits"9 June 2016 (2016-06-09)
Tim and Fuzz take a tour of the UK, to visit their favourite cars and owners from previous shows. Includes previously un-seen clips.

Series 5 (2017)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
411"Mercedes Pagoda"16 March 2017 (2017-03-16)
Tim and Fuzz restore a 1965 Mercedes 230 SL "Pagoda".
422"Jaguar Mark 2"23 March 2017 (2017-03-23)
Tim and Fuzz restore a classic 1962 Mark 2 Jaguar 2.4 litre.
433"Aston Martin DB6"30 March 2017 (2017-03-30)
Tim and Fuzz secretly restore an Aston Martin DB6.
444"Fiat Dino"6 April 2017 (2017-04-06)
Tim and Fuzz restore a Fiat Dino,the smallest car they ever worked on.
455"Renault 5 GT Turbo"13 April 2017 (2017-04-13)
Tim and Fuzz Fix a 1988 Renault 5 GT Turbo For carpet supplier, Ben who had to abandon his project since he contracted cancer. Will they be able to fix it?
466"Fiat 500"20 April 2017 (2017-04-20)
Tim and Fuzz restore a Fiat 500 with terminal rust. Tim and Fuzz travel to Italy to pick up aTownshend and Shaw better shell.
477"Sunbeam Alpine"27 April 2017 (2017-04-27)
Tim and Fuzz restore a rusty,badly repaired 1960 Sunbeam Alpine.
488"Caterham 7"4 May 2017 (2017-05-04)
Tim and Fuzz restore a former amateur racer's Caterham 7.
499"Austin Tilly Truck"11 May 2017 (2017-05-11)
Tim and Fuzz restore a former soldier's army truck that has been used as a farm vehicle for 60 years.
5010"Mazda RX-7"18 May 2017 (2017-05-18)
Tim and Fuzz secretly restore a Mazda RX-7.

Series 6 (2018)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
511"MG MGA"8 March 2018 (2018-03-08)
Tim and Fuzz are joined by James Nesbitt to restore a 1959 MGA roadster that has been kept in a damp barn for over 40 years.
522"Lancia Delta Integrale Evoluzione II"15 March 2018 (2018-03-15)
Tim and Fuzz secretly fix up an Italian car enthusiast's rusty World Rally-winning Lancia Delta Integrale Evoluzione II. The car's owner died unexpectedly but the family requested they complete the restoration.
533"VW Karmann Ghia"22 March 2018 (2018-03-22)
Tim and Fuzz restore a 1965 VW Karmann Ghia
544"Triumph GT6"29 March 2018 (2018-03-29)
Tim and Fuzz secretly restore a 1971 Triumph GT6 for its injured owner.
555"Citroën DS"5 April 2018 (2018-04-05)
Tim and Fuzz go to France to restore a Rogers Citroen DS.
566"Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser"12 April 2018 (2018-04-12)
Tim and Fuzz secretly restore a Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser for its injured owner.
577"Peugeot 205 GTI"19 April 2018 (2018-04-19)
Tim and Fuzz are joined by racer Paddy Hopkirk to restore a Peugeot 205 GTI.
588"Subaru Impreza"26 April 2018 (2018-04-26)
Tim and Fuzz secretly restore an injured man's Subaru Impreza.
599"Messerschmitt KR200"3 May 2018 (2018-05-03)
Tim and Fuzz secretly restore a Messerschmitt KR200.
6010"Ford Capri"10 May 2018 (2018-05-10)
Tim and Fuzz secretly restore a 1974 Mk 1 Ford Capri.

7 Day Challenge Special (2019)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
611"1959 Land Rover Part 1"14 February 2019 (2019-02-14)
Tim and Fuzz are joined by Ross Kemp to restore a Series 2 Land Rover under a one week deadline in front of a live audience at the British Motor Museum.
622"1959 Land Rover Part 2"21 February 2019 (2019-02-21)
Tim and Fuzz are joined by musician Rick Wakeman to restore 80-year-old's 1959 Land Rover.

Series 7 (2019)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
631"Triumph TR4"28 February 2019 (2019-02-28)
Tim and Fuzz fix up a Triumph TR4, one of the biggest jobs in the show's history.
642"Toyota Celica"7 March 2019 (2019-03-07)
Tim and Fuzz restore a 1972 Toyota Celica coupe.
653"Lotus Elise"14 March 2019 (2019-03-14)
Tim and Fuzz secretly restore a Lotus Elise.
664"Ford Model A"21 March 2019 (2019-03-21)
Tim and Fuzz restore An injured motorcyclist's 1930 Ford Model A[4]
675"Peugeot 504"28 March 2019 (2019-03-28)
Tim and Fuzz Asked to secretly restore a 1971 Peugeot 504 convertible.
686"Talbot Sunbeam Lotus"4 April 2019 (2019-04-04)
Tim and Fuzz go to Forfar in Scotland for a former fire fighter's rare Sunbeam Lotus.
697"Lamborghini Espada"11 April 2019 (2019-04-11)
Tim and Fuzz restore a 1971 V12 Lamborghini Espada The show's first Lamborghini V12 supercar.
708"Volkswagen Transporter (T4)"18 April 2019 (2019-04-18)
Tim and restore a 1991 VW T4 Camper van.
719"Ford Escort"25 April 2019 (2019-04-25)
Tim and Fuzz travel to Jersey for a 1972 Ford Escort Mexico.
7210"Citroen 2CV"2 May 2019 (2019-05-02)
Tim and Fuzz restore a 1983 Citroën 2CV.

Series 8 (2020-2021)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
731"Porsche 356"12 March 2020 (2020-03-12)
Tim and Fuzz restore a 1964 Porsche 356.
742"Austin-Healey 3000"19 March 2020 (2020-03-19)
Tim and Fuzz restore a 1961 Austin-Healey 3000.
753"Lotus Esprit"26 March 2020 (2020-03-26)
Tim and Fuzz restore a 1970's sports car, a Lotus Esprit.
764"Hillman Imp"5 April 2020 (2020-04-05)
Tim and Fuzz restore a 1973 Hillman Imp.
775"Lancia Fulvia"12 April 2020 (2020-04-12)
Tim and Fuzz restore a Lancia Fulvia.
786"Ferguson Tractor"19 April 2020 (2020-04-19)
Tim and Fuzz restore a 1940s Ferguson TE20 Tractor.
797"Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV"26 April 2020 (2020-04-26)
Tim and Fuzz restore a 1996 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV.
808"Austin 7 Chummy"3 May 2020 (2020-05-03)
Tim and Fuzz restore a 1924 Austin 7 Chummy.
819"Cannon Goldfinger"10 May 2020 (2020-05-10)
Tim and Fuzz restore a 1964 Cannon Goldfinger trials competition car.
8210"MG Metro 6R4"11 March 2021 (2021-03-11)

Tim and Fuzz restore a 1986 MG Metro 6R4 rally car.


Note: This episode was originally due to air on 17 May 2020, but production was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[5]

Series 9 (2021)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
831"Jensen Interceptor"18 March 2021 (2021-03-18)
Tim and Fuzz restore a Jensen Interceptor.
842"Fiat X1/9"25 March 2021 (2021-03-25)
Tim and Fuzz restore a Fiat X1/9.
853"VW Wizard"1 April 2021 (2021-04-01)
Tim and Fuzz restore a VW Wizard.
864"Jaguar XJ-S"8 April 2021 (2021-04-08)
Tim and Fuzz restore a Jaguar XJ-S.
875"Rolls Royce"15 April 2021 (2021-04-15)
Tim and Fuzz restore a Rolls Royce.
886"Peugeot 106"22 April 2021 (2021-04-22)
Tim and Fuzz restore a Peugeot 106.
897"Bedford HA Ice Cream Van"29 April 2021 (2021-04-29)
Tim and Fuzz restore a Bedford HA Ice Cream Van.
908"Alpine A110"6 May 2021 (2021-05-06)
Tim and Fuzz restore a Alpine A110.
919"Ford Cortina GT MK3"13 May 2021 (2021-05-13)
Tim and Fuzz restore a Ford MK3 Cortina GT.
9210"Bond Bug"20 May 2021 (2021-05-20)
Tim and Fuzz restore a Bond Bug.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Car SOS at NatGeoTV". National Geographic Channel UK. NGC Europe Ltd. Retrieved 8 June 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Car SOS on More4". Channel4.com. Retrieved 7 December 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Visit the Austin-Healey Sebring Sprite at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon". Car SOS on Facebook. Car SOS on Facebook. Retrieved 8 June 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Car SOS - Episode 5 Series 7 cast list and preview". Radio Times. Immediate Media Company Limited. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Telly duo create a bit of MG magic". dailyrecord.co.uk. Retrieved 3 March 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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