Car SOS season 8: When does the new series start? Meet the presenters and some jaw-dropping classic cars

Everything you need to know about the return of Car SOS on National Geographic.

By Alex Fletcher Published: 11 March 2020 - 4.33pm
Entertainment

Car SOS

Fuzz Townshend

National Geographic

Buckle up guys, Car SOS is back in business.

Tim Shaw and Fuzz Townshend return for their biggest and best series yet of Car SOS on National Geographic, turning clapped-out classic cars into the beautiful smooth machines they once were.

Car SOS has won a legion of loyal fans thanks its mixture of emotional stories, deserving owners and jaw-dropping motors and season 8 looks likely to be the greatest ride yet.

Check out Tim and Fuzz going Head to Head on cars for BT TV…

When is Car SOS back?

Car SOS season 8 airs on National Geographic from Thursday, March 12.

Watch National Geographic on BT TV channel 317/373 HD.

What cars are in season 8?

Tim & Fuzz posing beside a pristine Healey 3000 National Geographic/Renegade Pictures

The cars this season span eight decades, from a 1964 Porsche 356, to the post-war sports car - the 1961 Austin Healey 3000, a 1973 Hillman Imp, a Lotus Esprit, as well as many other ageing, but awesome, automobiles.  

This automotive rollercoaster series will bring tears, laughter and joy to the proud owners of these classic vehicles and one thing's for sure - there will be some very iconic cars back on the road where they belong, all thanks to the Car SOS team.

Who are the presenters?

Tim Shaw

Car SOS presenter Tim Shaw National Geographic/Renegade Pictures

Having presented primetime speech-driven shows on nearly all the UK's biggest commercial radio stations for the last 17 years, and winning more than 14 global comedy awards as well as EMAP's Speech Broadcaster of the Year and Entertainment Award, Tim now presents the LOL show on Bauer's Rock FM.

Tim turned his hand to to television five years ago to host Channel 4’s primetime series, Extreme Male Beauty, three series of Ch5’s motoring show Fifth Gear, Channel 4 shows Balls of Steel and The Last Word, and ITV1’s Pulling Power.

In the last year Tim has also crossed the pond to present National Geographic’s None of the Above as well as presenting the one off documentary Tim Shaw’s Engineering Adventure.

Tim also has a passion beyond broadcasting. Having achieved 100% in A-level Design and Technology, become a Young Engineer of the Year in 1994 and achieved a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Tim now tries to spend all his spare time rebuilding written-off cars or creating huge mechanical inventions. 

Tim’s biggest fascination is with everyday people. He is that bloke who starts talking to you on the trainand before you know it you’re exchanging numbers! Having carried out over 8,000 interviews, Tim believes that everyone is interesting and his personal goal is to travel the world, meet everybody and learn as much as possible. What a geek!

Fuzz Townshend

Fuzz Townshend on Car SOS National Geographic/Renegade Pictures

Fuzz Townshend is a classic car restorer, mechanic and director of classic vehicle restoration workshop, Townshend and Tassel Classics Ltd. He is also an automotive journalist, TV presenter, drummer, music producer and songwriter.

Fuzz has presented Car SOS for 5 series and, with his eye for detail and high-quality restoration, he has gained a worldwide reputation for his vehicle and engineering endeavours. He has a passion for all things transport-related and as well as his passion for classic cars, possesses an unhealthily deep knowledge of buses and other forms of public  transport and goods vehicles.

His tenure as technical editor of Bauer Media’s top-selling Practical Classics magazine saw the publication undertaking its most ambitious restorations and technical features, helping it to regain its number 1 selling position among classic car magazines in the UK. An ability to explain complex processes in simple terms helped Fuzz cross over to be a successful television presenter.

Fuzz and Tim pose beside a pristine Lotus Esprit S1 National Geographic/Renegade Pictures

Fuzz continues to write for classic car magazines and newspapers as a freelance journalist and comperes live automotive events as well as hosting many award events and undertaking public speaking engagements.

He also acts as a brand ambassador in the classic automotive sector.

In addition, Fuzz is a drummer for some of the UK’s best loved bands and has played live and in the studio for The Beat, The Wonder Stuff, Pop Will Eat Itself, Bentley Rhythm Ace, as well as session playing for the likes of EMF, Fuzzbox, Lovers Electric and many others.

His self-penned solo musical output in the UK and USA has seen his material picked as single of the week twice, on BBC’s Radio 1, as well as featuring in many TV shows, including Spaced, Sex and the City, Jackass, Malcolm in the Middle, Queer as Folk (US and UK) and the US version of Trigger Happy TV.

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