Exclusive Interview with Gus and Will of Flipping Bangers

Take to the Road has scored another exclusive interview, this time with petrolheads Gus Gregory and Will Trickett of the tv show Flipping Bangers. It is back on Blaze for a second series on the 26th April. This time round the lads have got an even more diverse line up of old bangers that they’ve rescued from oblivion. Here’s what they had to share about the new series.

So Flipping Bangers is back for a second series. How does it feel to be back with another round of romance with rust?

Will – Ha ha ha well that’s exactly how it is. I love these old cars and I’m very chuffed about the whole thing. It was a real good feeling when we were told we were going to be filming a second series. It’s not just good for us but we are trying to do good for others as well. And I can’t wait to start filming series 3!

Exclusive Interview with Gus and Will of Flipping Bangers
What do they say about buying old cars in the rain?

Gus – I agree completely. We’re not just two guys in a garage buying up and selling old cars. We’re making a tv show as well and we’ve got a huge amount of pride in what we do. It’s what drives us. And it’s really hard work as everything is done on a shoestring. Plus it is exhausting. But I’m proud to watch it and see it coming out.

What can car fans look forward to in the new series?

Will – Blood, sweat and tears!!! We’ve had some interesting cars and we’ve had some challenging cars. You will get to see Gus and I struggle and fail and struggle and succeed.

Exclusive Interview with Gus and Will of Flipping Bangers
The MGB GT looks the part but it had lots of little surprises for Gus and Will

Gus – We do buy cars that are flawed. Otherwise it wouldn’t be much of an episode. But some of the cars that we have bought, in hindsight we shouldn’t have bought them. They were far too much of a struggle. You put far too much into them for what you get out of them. Like with the MGB GT. There was layers upon layers of home maintenance on that car. On the outside it looked alright and it drove alright.

But when you get cars like that home, then you find the true horrors. It highlights that although we had a laugh, it’s perhaps not the best way to try and make money. Like the Saab 99 that’s coming up. It was a car at the end of its road. It had had two or three too many owners. But I’m very proud of what we did to it. It was a cracking car!

Exclusive Interview with Gus and Will of Flipping Bangers
The very cool Saab 99

What was the best/your favourite banger buy of series 2?

Will – I’ve got to jump straight in on this one. The one for me was the Skoda Estelle, simply because when they were pushed into the UK market in the 1980s, we all sort of took the mickey out of them. Which in hindsight was a little bit harsh. And we managed to find a really good one. It did need work doing to it but the little car shone through.

Exclusive Interview with Gus and Will of Flipping Bangers
The very cool and retro Skoda Estelle

Gus – The Skoda’s character really came through. It really did. And there’s something edgy about that whole era. Plus the Reliant Kitten we bought, again it was a much maligned car. But if you actually look at it and the technology used for the time, it was a brilliant car that punched well above its weight. At the end of it you always end up in love and being besotted with these cars.

Exclusive Interview with Gus and Will of Flipping Bangers
The Reliant Kitten, another retro classic rescued by Gus and Will.

Which of the buys almost broke you this time round?

Will – The VW Beetle was the problem child! We knew it wasn’t going to be perfect because it was very cheap. But we didn’t actually manage to achieve our goal. We had to change it half way through, which adds a bit of realism to the whole thing. It ended up being a financial decision rather than what we wanted to do it. So we had to change our plan and sell it on as a car without an MOT for someone else to restore.

Exclusive Interview with Gus and Will of Flipping Bangers
The Beetle that proved to be a huge challenge

Gus – The Beetle did fundamentally beat us. It was a shame really as what we did to it was astonishing really. Thinking now the amount of work and time that we put into that car. It was a lot. We actually bought a South American Beetle rather than a German built one. But it looked amazing when we sold it. It was a very cool little car. It just had a lot of rot that we couldn’t get to.

The other day I saw an Austin Maestro towing a caravan on the motorway. Which made me smile and do a double take. Once a common sight on UK roads, the much maligned Maestro has all but vanished. Did you feel proud rescuing one?

Gus – I really don’t understand how we found the Austin Maestro that we did, because it was incredibly good! They were a pretty maligned car back in the day. It’s a bit lumpy but it is sound. If you compare it to a VW Golf or a Peugeot 205, they were smart little cars. The Maestro was just a bit lumpy. But it worked.

Will – Ha ha yeah a lot of people would do a double take on that one! And a lot of people do actually like them as they turned out to be a really good car. They entered the world in a bad way. British Leyland was knocking out the same stuff with different shapes and the quality was never really there. But somehow the Maestro made it through all that.

What cars currently reside in the Flipping Bangers collection? Any nice classics or bangers rescued from oblivion?

Will – My wife actually bought the Audi TT from series 1 as she liked it. But I’m a Land Rover man and I’m currently restoring two 1986 ex-military Land Rover Defender 110. Which are all original and all standard. I’m not really into fast cars which is actually why Flipping Bangers works for me. It’s not about buying old sports cars. It is about buying everyday cars.

Exclusive Interview with Gus and Will of Flipping Bangers
The Audi TT from Series 1

Gus – I’ve worked with cars all my life and I’ve had lots of classics. I don’t really have anything at the moment but I do have an old Series 3 Land Rover which is my day to day car. It keeps me busy as there’s always something that needs doing. I don’t actually think it’s that old to be honest. But I like driving it as I feel that I’m not part of everyone else’s driving experience. You have to drive smooth and be very careful and you don’t go very fast. But then I’m an old man!

What advice can you give to budding car mechanics looking to buy a project banger

Gus – Look very hard and take someone with you who knows what they are talking about.

Will – Do your research. Work out where the problems are going to be. And remember once you take your project car all to bits, it is going to take a long time to get it back altogether again. A rolling restoration can be a lot more fulfilling that an absolute restoration.

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  2. Tom Barry 30th July 2019 at 9:40 pm

    I love their honesty, hope it all go’s well

  3. Niall Julian 31st July 2019 at 8:55 am

    They are really nice guys and very up front with their cars. And you could talk cars with them all day! Genuine petrolheads!

  4. Hannes-Ras Loubser 30th December 2019 at 4:35 pm

    Hi Nial, I’ve recently started watching Flippin bangers. The presenters seem like very nice people. I know they sacraficed their jobs to start this TV show. I can’t help to wonder each and every episode if things turned out for them, as in earnings. Do you know if it was worth all of it and if they are enjoying a decent living after sacrificing it all?

  5. Niall Julian 31st December 2019 at 2:21 pm

    That’s a good question! Hopefully I’ll get to chat with Gus and Will again soon and I will ask them if it has been worth it or not. I’m sure they are grafting away rescuing knackered old bangers! Watch this space…

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  7. Gary Gemmell 29th April 2020 at 4:37 pm

    Now my favourite show much better than Wheeler dealers this is a show for real low budget guys like us at home trying to fix our old bangers with not much cash and lots of visits to the junkyard!

    Will and Gus have such great chemistry its a pure joy to watch even my girlfriend watches the show and she does not like car mechanics or shows like these but she is hooked – all i can say is wow!

  8. Niall Julian 30th April 2020 at 12:36 pm

    They do have great chemistry and just love working on old cars. And I have met Will too (did you see my interview with him?) and he’s a nice guy. Could talk to him for hours about old motors. Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Tibor 30th April 2020 at 8:32 pm

    I love the show. Maybe becouse I could not start to take any car to bits and try to get it all back, make all that little (and hard and time eating) fixing stuff – pure nightmare. But watching these two guys, how they manage their projects and without fear and hasitation take them to the end, it’s really something. Plus, they’re so natural that I feel just like their friend.

    One more thing – the SKODA renovation was absoletely surprising for me as I am from Slovakia and this car was here a huge disappointment in 80’s. Particularly after the previous model Skoda 100, whis became a legend. I have to admit, Gus and Will have made this Estelle an attractive car for me.

  10. Niall Julian 1st May 2020 at 9:28 am

    Good to hear! I think its the challenge of taking an old car that has one foot inside the scrapyard gate and saving it. A lot of us petrolheads really want to save cars like that. But not all of us have the skills or the confidence to jump into it like Will and Gus.

    I can see what you mean about the Skoda Estelle not being a hit back home. But its a model that’s become quite popular here in the UK, as more cars from the 80s benefit from the rise in nostalgia for cars of that era. People now appreciate its simple design and it actually looks pretty cool too. They make good entry level rally cars as well. I’d like an Estelle at some point, just because I like them.

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