• Q&A With Simon Woolley - Classic Ford Editor


    Classic Ford Magazine have been to see us at Motorsport-Tools.com HQ to photograph the Escort project car for the upcoming calendar edition. There will also be some features that we contributed to in the magazine early next year. But we thought we'd take advantage of Classic Ford Magazine editor Simon Woolley's while he's here and ask him a few questions for our blog.


    1). What's currently in your garage?
    Simon - A 1969 Corsair. It's been there a while and will be there for some time to come. It's being restored by my friend, Jon Hill, but neither of us has much time. Or money, for that matter.

    2). What was your first Car?
    Simon - A 1979 Mini 1000. I was well into 'bikes, but my Dad was desperately trying to keep me away from them, so he told me a Mini was like a 'bike on four wheels, and I fell for it. I soon had it in bits.

    3). What do you think you'd be doing if you weren't editor at classic ford?
    Simon - Honestly, I don't know. I've always been deeply obsessed with cars, magazines and writing, so I've been pretty lucky to combine all three for so long.

    3). Out of the cars you've featured in recent years, which did you really want to take home with you?
    Simon - That's like being asked to choose your favorite child. Impossible!

    4). What cars are in your dream garage?
    Simon - Pretty much all the cars I lusted after when I was a kid: Escort RS1700T, Lancia Stratos, Fiat 131 Mirafiori, Opel Manta 400...

    5). Given a big budget and a lot of time, what project would you build?
    Simon - I wouldn't be happy with just one project - I'd fill a unit with five or six cars, twice as many engines, and have them all on the go at the same time.

    6). During your tenor at Classic Ford, what are some of the parts that have come onto the Ford scene that you have found most innovative or exciting?
    Simon - It's the quality that I'm most impressed by. When I first started mucking about with cars, it wasn't great and you were almost expected to have to modify new parts to get them to fit - these days they pretty much all bolt straight on. We're spoilt, really!

    7). Have you ever fancied a go at rallying?
    Simon - I did some co-driving in the late '90s in a Mini Cooper S on the Rally Britannia. It was daunting, particularly around the Caerwent stages, flat out, weaving in and out of railway sleepers that would've pulverized the Mini if we had hit one. I think I decided there and then that the best way to enjoy rallying was as a spectator!

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  • Motorsport-Tools.com at the Silverstone MotoGP 2013

    As one of the UK's largest suppliers of Beta Tools to motorsport teams and professional mechanics. We were invited by Beta Utensili for a day out at the British MotoGP, as guests of one of the many MotoGP teams Beta Tools supply tools too.

    As guests of NGM Forward Racing who's riders include 2 time World Champion Colin Edwards 'the Texas Tornado', we were lucky to have access to the paddock and garage.

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    After making our mark at the hospitality is was time to move down to the pit lane garages and have a look at the tools and bikes.


    Beta Motorsport special tool cabinets as used by lots of MotoGP teams. Available from Motorsport tools in a variety of colours. Beta Tools Motorsport Pit Tool Roller Cab 9 Drawer C39MD and the Beta Utensili Motorsport Pit Tool Cabinet 7 Drawer with paper dispenser.



    Beta Tools Utensili 600 series torque wrenches used heavily by the teams for setting the correct torque on critical components such as wheels, forks and other parts of the suspension.The Beta Tools 600 series torque wrenches start from as little as £100. This 1/2 drive one with a range of 40 - 200 Nm and 440mm seam about the best buy to us. Beta 1/2 Drive 606/20 Torque Wrench

    We were told the carbon brake disc on the left hand side of the picture cost about £4500 and are only used for one weekend. If the rider has any sort of fall they replace them just encase there are any internal cracks which they cant see with the eye.

    The Ohlins dampers have the names of the riders engraved on them to avoid mix ups between the bikes.



    The custom made Beta Tools trolley is an evolution of the popular C41H and houses a generator to power the tyre warmers on the grind and some additional tools for the mechanics.



    Aircraft spec wiring loom was a work of art, the amount of sensors on these bikes that feed data back to the pits is amazing.


    The mechanics use lots of hand tools from the Beta range, Beta Sockets and we spotted one of our very popular Beta items the Beta Dzus fastener Screwdriver.



    In the back of the garage they had a Beta 7 Drawer C39 roller cabinet which they used to hold tools for setting up the suspension. Beta Roller Cabinets.


    Some spare engines and fuel tanks in the back of the garage.


    Tyres at the back of the garage ready to go.



    Team NGM Forward Racing mechanic puts away his Beta Tools Utensili Screwdrivers


    The mechanics tidy up all there Beta Tools once the Moto2 bikes had left the pits.



    Beta Tools stickers on the Moto2 teams bikes.


    The very popular Beta Tools C41H Tool Trolley which not only is it one of Motorsport-Tools.com's best sellers but used so heavily by the MotoGP and Moto2 teams that we lost count of how many we saw over the weekend. We have had many special edition ones of the years and currently have one for the Beta supported British Superbike team Milwaukee Yamaha Beta Milwaukee Yamaha Tool Trolley


    We so wanted to stick our stickers on a bike!



    The bikes are stripped down before the rider have even finished telling there race engineer how the race went.



    Another shot of Beta Motorsport special tool cabinets as used by lots of MotoGP teams. Available from Motorsport tools in a variety of colours. Beta Tools Motorsport Pit Tool Roller Cab 9 Drawer C39MD and the Beta Utensili Motorsport Pit Tool Cabinet 7 Drawer with paper dispenser.



    The cabinets have been modified with an air compressor outlet and the digital gauges are the temps of the tyre warmers which plug in at the base of the cabinet. Some bit of kit!


    No serious garage is complete without a fabricated cable tie holder! Have a look at this alloy wall mounted one here: Alloy Wall Mounted Workshop Cable Tie Holder



    Two time world champion Colin Edward's MotoGP bike!!

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    At the end of the day the team immediately starts stripping the bike down.

    Its was a really fantastic day and we hope Beta Tools will be kind enough to invite us along next year!

    Here are a few of the camera phone pics and Motorsport people we spotted on the day:

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    From top left: Loris Capirossi, Suzi Perry, Colin Edwards having dinner, Mark Webber, Colin Edwards Carbon Fibre Pitboard and Steve Parish

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