Wellingborough firm makes chip van for former England cricketer Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff

Freddie Flintoff and extreme cyclist Rob Penn with the bespoke chip van designed and built by Wellingborough firm Towability (picture courtesy of Plum Pictures Ltd)
Freddie Flintoff and extreme cyclist Rob Penn with the bespoke chip van designed and built by Wellingborough firm Towability (picture courtesy of Plum Pictures Ltd)
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A Wellingborough company created a bespoke mobile chip shop for cricket star Freddie Flintoff as part of a Sky series where he tours the UK.

Sky 1 HD series Flintoff: Lord Of The Fries begins tonight (Wednesday) and sees the former England cricket captain pursue his childhood dream of running his own fish and chip shop.

Freddie Flintoff and extreme cyclist Rob Penn with the bespoke chip van designed and built by Wellingborough firm Towability (Photo courtesy of Plum Pictures Ltd)

Freddie Flintoff and extreme cyclist Rob Penn with the bespoke chip van designed and built by Wellingborough firm Towability (Photo courtesy of Plum Pictures Ltd)

Freddie’s distinctive bright green mobile chip shop van was made by Towability, based at Nene Court Retail Park in Wellingborough.

Towability, specialists in designing and assembling customised trailers and vehicles, was approached by Plum Pictures about the unusual request.

Freddie embarked on the tour with extreme cyclist Rob Penn in the eco-friendly, cooking-fat-fuelled van designed by Towability’s managing director Marcel Binley.

Marcel said: “I feel very happy and proud we were involved, it was a great opportunity and it was exciting having the film crew here at Nene Court.

“For Freddie’s chip shop van we customised a traditional London taxi cab as it lends itself to a conversion. It required a complete custom body build as Freddie is over 6ft. I designed the interior and we fitted solar panels to run the lighting and refrigeration system. I included ceramic and stainless steel tiles for an authentic chip shop look.”

The one-off van has since been sold to a catering company after being returned to Towability after filming finished.

For more information visit towability.com.