Has anyone been cruising the Med on their yacht recently?
No? Well truth be told neither have we, but recently TSF Glasgow supplied ¾ BSF nuts to Arrowhead Products in the USA for “The Blue Guitar” the yacht formerly owned by Eric Clapton!
The yacht, British made, required the hard to find BSF thread for repairs inside the cabin and being unable to source in the USA we were able to save the day and supply from our huge stocks of BSW/BSF threads.
We keep the largest stocks of Imperial British Threads in the UK so large or small (famous connection or not!) we are waiting for your SOS!
Thomas Smith Fasteners has recently experienced further export success by supplying imperial fasteners to China.
Manager Gary Stevens said: ‘We are pleased to receive orders from China & over the last few years we have exported to more than 40 countries worldwide. Recently we have found that we are getting more enquiries for British made products and with our manufacturing facilities on site we are able to supply to customer requirements with all the relevant certificates. This shows that overseas customers still have confidence in the high quality of British manufacture. The order we received from China was to replace all the old fasteners in a British made milling machine. The old bolts were BSW and BSF imperial threadforms which we could make within the specified delivery of 2 weeks’.
The company’s main sales base is in the Greater Manchester area. Thomas Smith Fasteners holds large stocks of metric & imperial fasteners, offering a 24-hour turnaround service with specials manufactured to order.
A year on, Tom is now 17 and recently completed a hillclimb in the car. He has now also completed his first track race at the Oulton Park Gold Cup. The picture at the top of the article shows race day.
Tom posted the fastest time in the wet practice session, which is pictured below. A great achievement, especially as it was his first time driving around Oulton Park!
Tom will be racing again at Brands Hatch at the end of September. Next year, he is hoping to complete a full racing season.
All of us at Thomas Smith Fasteners would like to wish Tom the best of luck in his future racing endeavours!
Imperial nuts and bolts are extensively used in classic vehicles like this one, and we hold the UK’s largest stocks. We offer a wide range of fasteners with metric and imperial threadforms (BSF, BSW, UNC, UNF). If you’d like to know more about what we can offer, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01942 520260.
These large 2″ BSW (Whitworth) x 7″ Hexagon Setscrews were produced in our onsite machine shop using a CNC, and are a good example of how our special fastener manufacturing capabilities complement our extensive stocked range of standard industrial fasteners and fixings.
We stock standard sizes of bolts, nuts and fasteners in Metric, BSW (Whitworth), BSF, BA, UNC and UNF threadforms, and can manufacture non-standard sizes in most materials, grades and surfaces finishes. We also offer in-house quality testing facilities and are fully accredited to ISO 9001:2008.
We export nuts, bolts and fasteners worldwide – these hexagon bolts were produced for a construction firm in Austria.
For further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Hundreds of classic cars were on show, many being displayed in motor club groups.
We spoke to a number of club officials about our large range of stocked imperial bolts and nuts. They were all very interested as our range of BSF, BSW, UNC and UNF threadforms are readily available from stock – we manufacture through our sister company Smith Bullough – and BSF and BSW in particular are becoming harder to find.
On the 16th July 2011, we attended the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power, which is the UK’s biggest celebration of power and speed.
This year’s event was extended to three days, with the Friday being set aside for press, trade and sponsors and also for the competing cars to participate in practice laps of the 1.2 mile, ‘U’ shaped circuit.
Despite heavy rain on Sunday, the meeting attracted a record crowd of 60,000 who viewed the 175 modern and classic cars & bikes on the track in addition to hundreds of display cars.
The spectators witnessed a formidable array of classic and modern cars on track, including the Vanwall VW14, AC Cobra, Ferrari 250GT SWB, the incredibly succesful 1989 Lancia Delta Integrale rally car, and the 1990 Lotus T102 F1 car.
Five times Le Mans winner and racing legend Derek Bell was in attendance, driving the Bentley Super 8 that won the 2003 Le Mans.
Being a celebration of power and speed, the pageant is not confined to road vehicles. There were many additional attractions including powerboat racing, army mock battle scenes, and airplane stunt displays.
The pageant hosts the largest gathering of racing powerboats in the UK, and the lake saw plenty of racing action, with catamarans, hydroplanes and wetbikes taking to the water.
The Defence Helicopter Flying School, which is based at nearby RAF Shawbury, provided spectacular air displays including a Search and Rescue Training Unit (SARTU) training demonstration.
The Army conducted a live combined arms demonstration, providing a fascinating insight into miltary operations, and tanks and helicopters were used to insert the troops into the action. The displays raised funds for the military charities Combat Stress, Remount and the Mercian Benevolent Fund (MBF). A thrilling spectacle for a worthy cause.
What really stood out this year was that that there were so many different attractions to witness and enjoy. On track action, classic and modern vehicle displays, powerboats gunning their engines on the lake, biplanes and helicopters roaring overhead, army demonstrations, firework displays and more make for a very enjoyable weekend for all the family.
An action-packed time was had by all and we’re already looking forward to next year’s event. See you there!
This years’ Cholmondley Pageant of Power takes place on the 15th, 16th and 17th of July 2011. As we were perusing an old hard drive, along with pictures of the 1000 Engines Rally we posted recently, we came across these fantastic pictures taken at the 2010 event, and thought an article may be of interest to help whet the appetite for this years’ show.
On the 17th July 2010, Tim Garton attended the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power, which is held at Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire and features racing action on track, air and water, as well as displays of racing machinery past and present.
The show included displays of famous motor racing machines such as the Lotus F1 car driven by Sir Stirling Moss at the Monaco GP in 1961, and the 1978 Williams FW06, which was the first car produced by Sir Frank Williams and Patrick Head for their Williams F1 team.
Also on display was the famous Tom Wheatcroft Donington collection of classic cars. A true delight to behold for the enthusiast, and a fitting tribute.
The show was again sponsored by Bentley and they had a fantastic assortment of road cars, classics, and Le Mans racing cars.
Such a fascinating, enjoyable day – the show was a huge success and deserves a high turnout again this year.
If you are interested in attending in 2011, the event is held on the 15th, 16th and 17th of July 2011 – visit the website here. The event is supporting the Combat Stress – The Veterans Mental Health Charity and tickets start at £17 for adults and £5 for children. Gates open at 8am.
Need Fasteners for your classic vehicle?
At Thomas Smith Fasteners, we hold many different combinations of sizes of industrial fasteners to suit classic & vintage vehicles whether they be powered by Steam, Water, Gas, Petrol or Diesel.
BSF, BSW, UNF & UNC imperial threadforms, in addition to metric, are held on our online shop.