FASSI championship round 4

Round 4 of the Bugatti Owners Club FASSI Classic Speed Championship took place at Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb.

A reduced field of eight competitors made the journey to Salisbury but were rewarded with a warm welcome & a fantastic high speed course to enjoy.  

The 967 metre course starts down-hill, dropping down to Hollow, where the fastest cars doing around 120+ mph, round a sweeping left hander of Little Hollow and Hollow Bend, braking very hard in to the sharp and steep uphill section of Karousel. Speeds though Karousel are down to 25 mph. After the second right hand part of Karousel there is a short straight with a bump, Deer Leep where cars can get a little air, before the hard left hand corner of Ashes.. After Ashes, it’s up-hill again to the finish for a total rise of 43 metres.

The course record produced an average speed of just over 85 mph and the fastest recorded speed over the finish is 159 mph.

The FASSI sponsored Fiat Abarth 695 SS of Leigh Carter & Dave Fripp was quickly into top gear as it flew down the hill reaching the heady heights of 70mph which, in the tiny Fiat, is plenty fast.

The first timed sessions saw Leigh Carter sneak a dry run just before the rain started & getting within a second of his handicap time. He was followed by Mark Hobbs in his Escort who spun off at Karousel on a now greasy surface. The remaining competitors were driving more cautiously through light rain which took time off everyone gifting Leigh Carter a class win, with Dave Fripp in second.

Sadly the afternoon session was cut short when a competitor was taken seriously ill on the hill leading to the event finishing after the first timed runs.

Many thanks to the volunteer Marshalls & all the team at Gurston Down for a very well run event under what turned out to be difficult circumstances.

Daniel Christian SILVER

Smiths Mechanical Services’ Daniel Christian earns his SILVER accreditation through the FASSI Engineer Training Academy.

A SILVER engineer has demonstrated mastery in the diagnosis & repair of the FX500, FX900 & FSC control systems fitted to all FASSI cranes. Congratulations Daniel!

Our academy is 10% training & 90% coaching to ensure the engineer can actually implement what they have been taught. To progress through the levels the engineer must demonstrate mastery of all the skills required to our coach, Ken West. It takes a lot of time but creates real expertise. Nothing great should ever come easy!

Smiths Mechanical Services have been the FASSI authorised service partner for South Wales for over twenty years. They specialise in crane, truck & plant repairs from their Bridgend base & their heavy haulage division even operates FASSI cranes themselves.

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.

Sportscars

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.

FASSI championship round 2

Round 2 of the Bugatti Owners Club / FASSI Classic Speed Championship took place at at the club’s home venue of Prescott Hillclimb on the 24th April.

There were 25 entrants across the three classes & the Italians were well represented with three Fiat Abarths & two Alfa Romeos. A big crowd turned out which was great to see after two years of Covid restrictions & certainly added some atmosphere to the day.

The most numerous class was once again Classic Saloon cars with a healthy field with great variety. The handicap win was taken by a returning Mark Maynard in his spectacularly driven Hillman Imp. Sideways everywhere, Mark finished 1.6 seconds under his previous best with a now properly sorted engine aiding the powerslides! Second on handicap was Peter Hall in the Fiat Abarth OT 850. Brian Ashley was third in the A35 , already looking like a solid contender across the season if he can keep up this early scoring rate. Fastest saloon car went to the Escort of Simon Braithwaite, not quite matching his second practice but still under the 50 second barrier.

Leigh Carter & Dave Fripp driving the FASSI Fiat Abarth 695 SS had a good day getting to within 0.11 & 0.25 seconds of their handicap times respectively for a 5th & 6th place finish.

​Sportscars was won on handicap by Charles Boulton in the MGB V8. Stephen Akers was second in his Lotus Elan from a returning Doug Chipperfield in the rapid orange MG Midget – Doug also claiming fastest time in the sportscar class.

Single seaters and sport racing cars was won on handicap by Jeremy Rivers-Fletcher in the Triumph special, second was Christopher Wigdor in his Ukrainian Humanitarian Appeal liveried Mallock , third was Local ace Martin Jones in the lovely Elva Mk7 twincam. Fastest in the class by a long way was Peter Thurston in the other early Mallock , storming to a fastest time across the whole classic entry by a comfortable margin.

Many thanks to Stuart Wing www.captureyourcarphotography.com & Steve Shelley www.ssshootphotography.co.uk for some great photographs.

GOLD for Michael

Alltruck Crane Repair & Sales’ Michael McGrotty has achieved the highest possible accolade through the FASSI Training Academy – GOLD certified engineer.

GOLD certified engineers are the master technicians of the FASSI service network. They are experienced practitioners in the diagnosis & repair of the FX500, FX900 & FSC systems.

Being experienced engineers they have qualified for, & attained, ALLMI Thorough Examiner & Load Test accreditation. Well done Michael.

Michael is also an accomplished fabricator / crane installer. Here he is receiving his GOLD engineer certificate in front of a bespoke tractor unit build he created for overhead powerline specialists PLPC Ltd.

The tractor unit is fitted with a FASSI F275A.2.24 & took pride of place on the Alltruck Group’s stand at the Scotplant show last week.

Also on show was one of four new mobile workshops for Alltruck Crane Repair & Sales, fully kitted out & ready to be filled with FASSI crane spares for same day repairs.

FASSI championship round 1

The inaugural round of the FASSI Classic Speed Championship took place at Loton Park Hill Climb on 3rd April

The FASSI Classic Speed Championship kicked off on a cold but thankfully dry early spring day at the wonderful Loton Park Hillclimb.

The Loton Park Speed Hill Climb course is 1475 yards (1349 metres) long & is extremely challenging for competitors with a wide variety of corners and a changing character as an ascent progresses.

There were 14 competitors with 12 cars across three classes including the FASSI Fiat Abarth 695SS running in the saloon car class.

The handicap winners of each class were:

Racing cars: Carole Nicholls – Nike Mark 4 – 67.86s

Saloon cars: Brian Ashley – Austin A35 – 69.53s

Sports cars: Ben Cross – MG Midget – 68.55

Scuderia FASSI were pleased to break the 80 second barrier with a great drive by Dave Fripp coming in at 79.35 seconds.

Click here to take a drive up the hill from inside our Fiat Abarth 695SS. 

Many thanks to Stuart Wing of www.captureyourcarphotography.com for some great photographs.

FASSI Classic Speed Championship

FASSI UK are proud to be the sponsors of the Bugatti Owners’ Club 2022 Classic Speed Championship.

The Bugatti Owners Club have owned & operated the famous Prescott Hill Climb course since 1938. Their Classic Speed Championship is the UK’s leading hill climb series for the owners / drivers of classic cars.

It originated from within the Midland Hillclimb Championship and the running of the series as a stand alone championship was taken on by the Bugatti Owners Club around 15 years ago.

Three types of car are catered for: saloons , sportscars & racing cars (both single seaters and sports racing cars). Currently saloons and sportscars are accepted pre 1977 , and racing cars pre 1972.

Vehicles must remain largely as per period specification with original engines & no modern electronic control systems fitted. Treaded road legal tyres are specified for saloon & sportscars.

The main Championship is scored on a handicap basis , with drivers aiming to beat their previous best times. A subsidiary series sponsored by Classic Hillclimb.com aims to reward the drivers of the fastest cars with some additional awards.

Typically the Championship attracts around 70 to 80 registered contenders each season. A Prescott ‘home venue’ meeting will often have around 20 runners in each of the three classes.

FASSI UK will be running our own 1969 Fiat Abarth 695 SS with drivers Leigh Carter (Fassi UK) & Dave Fripp (APM Hydraulics).

Of all the performance-oriented models created by Karl Abarth, it is perhaps the 695 SS that best represents the scorpion-branded firm’s collaboration with Fiat. Around 1,000 Fiat Abarth 695 SS were produced, and only 150 are believed to remain. The 695 SS was the only version to feature flared arches and the need to raise the engine cover for extra stability and cooling. The key differences are found in the mechanical upgrades that pushed its power output to 50BHP & top speed to around 85mph.

Click here to take an in car seat for a drive up the hill at Prescott in the FASSI UK Fiat Abarth 695 SS.

There are 10 rounds in the 2022 championship & spectators are very welcome:

3rd April – Loton Park

24th April – Prescott (British and Midland Meeting)

28th May – Prescott (Prescott Historique)

18th June – Gurston Down

2nd July – Prescott (Members Meeting)

16th July – Shelsley Walsh

6th August – Harewood

28th August – Loton Park

17th September – Shelsley Walsh

1st October – Prescott (Season Finale)

GOLD standard

EXPERTISE & EXPERIENCE SETS THE GOLD STANDARD

Walker Crane Services’ Elliot Royal & Central Crane Technicians’ Eugene Rebec have both achieved the highest possible accolade through the FASSI Training Academy – GOLD certified engineer.

GOLD certified engineers are the master technicians of the FASSI service network. They are experienced practitioners in the diagnosis & repair of the FX500, FX900 & FSC systems. Being experienced engineers they have qualified for, & attained, ALLMI Thorough Examiner & Load Test accreditation.

Graduation to GOLD engineer is takes 2-3 years because the engineer must demonstrate mastery of all the skills required to our coach, Ken West.

Well done both – nothing great should ever come easy!

GOLD for Paul

Central Crane Technicians’ Paul Sheppard gains his GOLD engineer accreditation from the FASSI Training Academy.

GOLD certified engineers are the master technicians of the FASSI service network. They are experienced practitioners in the diagnosis & repair of the FX500, FX900 & FSC systems. Being experienced engineers they have qualified for, & attained, ALLMI Thorough Examiner & Load Test accreditation.

Graduation to GOLD engineer is our highest accolade & takes 2-3 years because the engineer must demonstrate mastery of all the skills required to our coach, Ken West. Nothing great should ever come easy!