FASSI championship round 3

Round 3 of the Fassi Classic Speed Championship returned to the Bugatti Owners Club home venue of Prescott for the inaugural ‘Prescott Historique’ meeting.

A really eclectic mix of cars with 30 competitors across the three classes were certainly entertaining to watch with drivers trying hard with some proper commitment being shown!

Racing Cars & Sports Racing

This class had four runners following the withdrawal of Martin Jones. The pace was set by Peter Thurston in his Mallock taking the FTD for the FASSI Series on the day. Christopher Wigdor in a similar Mallock twincam won on handicap followed by Peter then Carole Nicholls in the Nike FF1600. Mike White made a welcome return in his MG Special after a lengthy absence.

Saloon Cars

Fifteen drivers started the event in the class. This round saw the first outing for John & Steve Louch in their new Austin A40. This car has been in construction by John for a couple of years and is a credit to him for all the hard work involved. The battle for fastest time in the class was this time fought out by Matt Clarke (Mini) and Mark Maynard (Imp). Some spectacular driving was displayed by both with the honours just going to Matt in the Mini. Handicap win was taken by Steve Louch, from Ian Stringer in the lovely Alfa Romeo with Championship sponsor Leigh Carter in third in the tiny Fiat 500 Abarth.


A strong nine car field in this class is proving to be much closer matched with the absence of the Porsche 911’s this season. Four or five drivers are within one second on fastest ‘scratch’ times. Fastest on this occasion was Doug Chipperfield in his MG Midget on the first timed run. The second run saw a very poorly sounding car that just limped to the top of the climb. Head gasket failure has been diagnosed as the likely culprit. Handicap victory went once again to the MGB V8 of Charles Boulton , ending a decade long winless spell with back to back success. Second was Ben Cross in the MG Midget followed by Steven Akers in his Lotus Elan.

Many thanks to the volunteer Marshalls & all the team at Prescott for a very well run event. Once again Steve Shelley has done us proud with some great photography.


#fassiatwork at Fassi UK

Nottingham Crane Hire is an independent company based in the City, offering truck mounted crane hire, machinery and cabin movement services, road haulage, and expert advice to domestic and commercial clients from Nottinghamshire and across the UK.

Last week saw one of their impressive DAF trucks turn up outside at FASSI UK HQ, Warwick to deliver a container to one of our neighbours. As a regular #fassifriday entrant (and winner!) it’s usually operator Matt Lee behind the camera but this time we couldn’t resist taking our own photos of him carrying out the lift. No pressure Matt!

As these photos illustrate Matt used his skills and knowledge of the FASSI F710RA to expertly lift and place the large MSC container into position and with FASSI UK offices in the background it made for the perfect photo opportunity.

#fassiatwork with Arctec Fabrications Ltd

Essex based Arctec Fabrications Ltd undertakes complex building projects and also specialises in temporary works and facade supports.

A recent job saw them working in partnership with KCP demolition to erect a steel structure to preserve the original façade of a building on Marylebone Lane in Central London. Working in such a busy part of London certainly presented its challenges. There were limitations on the number of vehicles allowed through during the closure of the narrow road; little space to deploy the crane’s outriggers coupled with noise and safety considerations for residents and passers by.

The company used its FASSI F660RA and long reach flyjib to its full potential with little margin for error to ensure the steel structure was erected safely protecting the building’s façade. The skills of the operator combined with the reach and the millimetre precision of the FASSI crane allowed for the steel beams to be lifted into place with no margin for error. Beams were carefully passed through windows and to the roof of the building enabling the demolition to be carried out behind from the top down.

Thanks to Dean Stiller for sharing this #fassiatwork story and photos. As Dean says ‘Everything is made easier with the FASSI.’

A FASSI double for Richard Lester Transport

Richard Lester Transport comes from a family of specialist haulage contractors dating back to the 1930’s. Operating out of their main depot in Chesterfield, with a fleet of over 25 vehicles & a wide range of chassis, they have grown to be one of the major specialist transport companies in the UK concentrating on the bespoke transporting of plant machinery and over-sized freight.

The company operates a fleet of light, medium and heavy duty FASSI cranes from an M25A.12 up to the F820RA.2.26. and recently purchased two new FASSI cranes, both F660RA.2.26 he-dynamics, from FASSI UK main dealer Central Crane Technicians in Chesterfield.

The power to weight ratio of the FASSI F660RA.2.26 he-dynamic has made it the UK’s best-selling crane in its class. With the FSC-SII stability system matched with ‘HS’ supplementary outriggers, the crane can work up to rated capacity with the outriggers extended by only 25%, safely controlled by the tilt sensor.

When Richard was asked why he chose FASSI cranes again he explains:

“ FASSI cranes are reliable and our drivers enjoy using them, they are smooth, simple and at the end of the day they are good lifters, enabling us to provide a fast, reliable, and efficient service to all our customers.”

At work with Keith Rhodes Machinery Installations

Gloucester based Keith Rhodes Machinery Installations have been in operation for nearly 40 years and are “Specialists in Motion” undertaking all aspects of abnormal loads and heavy haulage.

A recent job saw the company tasked with relocating the last surviving Gloster Javelin FAW4 X364 aircraft at the Jet Age Museum in Gloucester. The plane had been stored near the end of the runway since its arrival from RAF Leeming. The move allowed the Museum to assess the requirements for refurbishment and preservation of the aircraft into the future.

This fantastic photo shows Keith Rhodes using a FASSI F450CXP and F710RA crane in an impressive and carefully managed dual lift. The FASSI cranes are the perfect choice for a job such as this combining precision lifting along with manoeuvrability.

#fassiatwork – Photos courtesy of Carl Radford.