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Little Classics News: 1 October 2014

Fuzz Townsend Puts the Spitfire to the Test

Carole Nash Triumph Spitfire

TV presenter Fuzz Townshend will put 2,000 miles on classic car insurer Carole Nash’s Triumph Spitfire this weekend (3-5 October) when he and wife Cressida participate in the 24th Round Britain Reliability Run, organised by Club Triumph.

Since 1966, participants to the Round Britain Reliability Run have undertaken driving from London to John O’Groats in Scotland and back to London via Land’s End, over one weekend. As an experienced mechanic and British classic car expert and restorer, Fuzz is enthusiastic about the event: “We have 48 hours to drive across the length and width of Britain in a 1978 Triumph Spitfire 1500. As a strong supporter of British manufacture and engineering, I put my money where my mouth is, and am confident that the Spitfire will not let us down.”

Triumph Spitfire

With 35 new crews, and over 110 entries, RBRR 2014 promises to be as eventful as ever. Only 6 cars finished back in 1966, but 86 crossed the line in 2012. “We have classic car insurer Carole Nash’s backing, and will be in good company with a range of other Triumphs, from Dolomites, Heralds and Stags to TRs and many other Spitfires,” Fuzz adds.

TV programme Car SOS, which Fuzz fronts, has recently featured a Triumph Herald being restored by Westgate Classics, the workshop owned by the presenter. The Spitfire driven by Fuzz on Round Britain Reliability Run will be the star prize in the Carole Nash ‘Sparkplug Challenge’ competition, to be presented to the winner at the National Restoration Show (Stoneleigh, 26 October 2014).


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