David Boyd achieves GOLD

David Boyd of Boyd Hydraulics achieves his GOLD engineer accreditation through the FASSI Training Academy.
After a career in the offshore oil industry David established Boyd Hydraulics in 2005 & became an authorised FASSI service partner operating out of Aberdeen. GOLD engineers are the master technicians of the FASSI service network. They are experienced practitioners in the diagnosis & repair of the FX500, FX900 & FSC systems.
Seen here David is demonstrating his mastery of the winches & flyjibs module to our coach Ken West before receiving his GOLD certificate.
The FASSI Engineer Training Academy is 10% training & 90% coaching to ensure the engineer can implement what they have been taught. It takes a lot of time but creates real expertise.
Nothing great should ever come easy ….. congratulations David!

FASSI at Rallye Prescott

Scuderia FASSI took part in Rallye Prescott on Saturday 4th November, running up the hill in total darkness.

Rallying, despite being strongly associated with Welsh forests and mud, has a firm place in the history of Prescott Speed Hill Climb, with the hill having hosted the RAC Rally several times throughout the 1950’s. November 4th saw the hill and Bugatti Owners Club pay tribute to the awe-inspiring sport of rallying, its drivers, its co-drivers and the cars.

The event featured 100 cars from the early 1950’s right up to modern day machinery, taking to the hill in tribute to their Rally predecessors from times of past, as a fully timed competitive event.

Scuderia FASSI’s Fiat Abarth 695 SS was kitted out with spotlights & joined in the fun with both daylight and evening darkness runs.

Some great photography from Stuart Wing (check out the light trail as our Fiat goes round Ettores!), Max Hawkes & Steve Shelley.

A big thanks to the Prescott team & the army of Marshalls needed to run the day & to Middle Barton Garage for prepping the car for rallying.

Click here for a full list of the runners, times & winners.

The Harry Kane of cranes

After more than 25 years with the FASSI brand, Tony Hitchcock is retiring from Walker Crane Services.

Back in the mid-90s Fassi was not so widely known & Tony established our brand in the southeast when every call was a cold call.
He was bold, persistent & persuasive.

A favourite story from these early days is Tony & big Ron driving round with the exhibition trailer loaded with FASSI cranes & blocking the entrance to prospective customers yards ….. refusing to move it until the boss had come out & had a look at what we had to offer, by which point Tony had them hooked.

Hand in hand with Walker Cranes, Tony’s tenacious approach increased sales year on year with some major milestones along the way. He went past 100 cranes per year in 2014, his 1,000th crane in 2016 & leaves us with a career total of 1,700 cranes shipped. The Harry Kane of cranes.

His never say die attitude saw him bring many a sale back from the dead earning his nickname of the Phoenix. Calm under pressure, wise with his council, influential amongst the other dealers, a master of being equitable to both Walkers & FASSI in every situation, I always knew Tony had my back.

The final part of an illustrious career is to leave your legacy in good hands. With Paul & Danny Jnr & the loyalty of so many customers he has done just that.

A great personality, a true friend & an unrivalled professional in the field of sales, we will not see the like of Tony again. We have been blessed to work with him & he will be missed by all at Fassi UK, the factory, our dealers & customers.

Leigh Carter
Managing Director