Headline act announced for 2016 Speedfest

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With preparations continuing for the annual SpeedFest event the Grampian Transport Museum has announced the headline act for the annual fundraising event.

Now in it’s seventh year, the event on Sunday, July 3, will see record breaking stunt driver Russ Swift return to the North East, to demonstrate his unique style of precision driving to the Alford crowds.

Russ is no stranger to the museum, having performed several times since the museum opened in 1983.

Starting his career as a rally co-driver, Russ soon progressed into the realm of Auto Testing.

However, he soon realised that there was enormous appetite for precision driving, leading him to a career which included performing a variety of stunts in an Austin Montego for a TV commercial.

It was during filming of the commercial that Russ perfected the parallel park manoeuvre, his trademark to this day.

Russ himself is a record breaker, having held the world record for the parallel park, squeezing a car into a space just 33cm longer than the vehicle.

This record would later be beaten by Peter Bell, who reduced the space to just 27cm.

Another coup for this year’s event is the appearance of a the legendary Issotta Fraschini Fiat Special.

Built to plans first produced by FIAT back in 1905, for attempting speed records, however the Italian car maker never produced the vehicle.

However two dedicated enthusiasts – Graham Rankin and more recently Mike Vardy – have between them, seen the project come to fruition. The 16 ½ litre V6 Zeppelin engine produces around 250hp, with approximately 820 lbs/ft of torque.

This year’s trade presence will include a mix of high profile car manufacturers, with an additional focus on ensuring SpeedFest remains a family friendly event.

Vehicle entries are now approaching the maximum limit, however anyone with an interesting fast car can contact the museum on 019755 62292 or events@gtm.org.uk.