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Southern Manufacturing & Electronics

Farnborough, Hants(GU14 6XL)

11/02/2020 - 13/02/2020

Southern Manufacturing and Electronics is the most comprehensive annual industrial exhibition in the (more)

Industry 4.0 Summit

Manchester Central Convention Complex(M2 3GX)

31/03/2020 - 01/04/2020

The UK’s leading conference gathering of senior level executives from the UK manufacturing industry (more)

UKIVA Machine Vision Conference 2020

Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes(MK1 1ST)


Vision solutions have been applied in almost any industry you can think of. Food, beverage, pharmaceutical, (more)

PPMA Show 2020

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

29/09/2020 - 01/10/2020

PPMA Show 2020 is the UK’s largest ever event dedicated to state-of-the-art processing and packaging (more)

Advanced Engineering 2020

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

04/11/2020 - 05/11/2020

The UK's largest annual advanced manufacturing trade show, Advanced Engineering is your opportunity to (more)

Moving up a gear to solve a classic problem

Moving up a gear to solve a classic problem

The origins of British Motor Sport began in the final year of the 19th century with a number of events described as ‘hill-climbs’, but a key event was to be a dash along a public road and up a gentle hill at Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex in 1902. This event neatly combined the essence of what was to become sprinting and speed hill-climbing, and in 1905 the world’s first permanent hill-climb took place at what has now become the iconic Shelsley Walsh in Worcestershire.

When Martin Rutter, an avid hill-climber, contacted TFC for help, the company was were keen to assist as the heritage of the competition venue was matched by the application. Martin was looking to solve a problem with the race developed Colotti gearbox used in his specially adapted Fiat X1/9.

Colotti Transmissions began in Italy in 1958 when Valerio Colotti established himself as an independent racing gearbox designer having spent many years working in the technical departments of Ferrari and Maserati. His company went on to successfully develop gearboxes for many leading race teams of the time including the legendary Lotus, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Minardi and, the iconic Ferrari.

Martin said: “Racing historic classic cars brings its joys, but also major headaches when it comes to sourcing components. This is where TFC came to the rescue for my Fiat X1/9 that I campaign in national speed hill-climb championships. An urgent and much required upgrade was a Colotti race gearbox originally developed many decades ago by Valerio Colotti, the famous designer of many F1 and Ferrari transmission systems.

“However, the build of the gearbox was held for weeks as the correct retaining ring for a motion shaft could not be located - that is until TFC facilitated the supply of a Smalley retaining ring perfect for the job. It wouldn’t be possible to keep historic race cars racing if it wasn’t for the support of companies such as TFC.”

As the leading European supplier of Smalley products, TFC offers thousands of retaining rings to fit any application requirement. Smalley retaining rings are available off the shelf in carbon steel, 302 stainless steel and 316 stainless steel.

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