THE STEADY SPECIAL to open Shere Hill Climb Classic & Supercar Live Action Festival

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The newly-restored ex-Ronald ‘Steady’ Barker 1934 Lancia will officially open the course at Shere Hill Climb nr Guildford on 6 September, driven by famous driver and McLaren designer Peter Stevens of The International Guild of Specialist Engineers (TIGOSE www.tigose.com)

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The high-speed public demonstration on a challenging one mile course that ascends 300 feet will celebrate the life of Ronald ’Steady’ Barker, who passed away earlier this year. Steady was VSCC President and Vice President of the Lancia OC as well as the distinguished technical editor of Autocar and a contributor to CAR magazine.

Steady built the 1934 V8 3-litre Lancia into an open two-seater race car after the war and lived his life to the max – even wing-walking on a Boeing Stearman biplane to celebrate his 80th birthday. Top restoration specialists Thornley Kelham, 3D Engineers and TV presenter Ant Anstead (of “For The Love Of Cars” fame) have all contributed to the Steady Special’s complete rebuild.

Race driver Peter Stevens, who will be demonstrating the Steady Special, is one of the world’s most famous and sought-after designers. Among Peter’s road and race designs are the McLaren F1 road car, the 1999 Le Mans-winning BMW, the Lotus Elan, the Lotus Esprit revision, Jaguar’s XJR-15, and the Subaru Impreza P1 road car as well as the world rally series-winning Subaru Impreza WRCs. During his career, Peter has worked with many of the world’s leading transportation companies, including Automobili Lamborghini, BMW, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Nissan, Rolls Royce and Subaru.

Peter Stevens’s creations have won international accolades and his MG TF was once the UK’s best-selling sports car. Peter’s cars are in automotive collections across the world and have been shown at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston as well as London’s Design Museum. He has been Visiting Professor of Vehicle Design at the Royal College of Art and twice nominated as the UK’s Prince Philip Designer of the Year.

The Classic & Supercar Live Action Festival raises money for seven charities and this year commemorates the Centenary of the historic hill climb that originally took place near to the venue in 1915.

As well as the Steady Special, 145 other vintage, specialist and sports cars will be demonstrated – together with a vibrant spectator paddock and showground with displays, fairground rides and stalls – ensuring lots of fun for the whole family and a great social day out, while giving motoring enthusiasts an opportunity to show their often priceless classic cars and drive up a challenging and unique course.

Around 4,000 spectators come along to enjoy the fun, which starts at 9:30, so expect to see action from Ferraris, Bugattis, Lamborghinis, Porsches and Bentleys – plus MGs, Rileys, Jaguars, specials, and more! Last year the oldest car in action was an aero-engined 1907 Berliet and the newest a brand new Lamborghini Aventador.

(See the video here https://vimeo.com/78990054)

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