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Modern Classic - Steve Harper Interview

Modern Classic - Steve Harper Interview

Thu 24th March 2016

In late 2015 Keith Adams of Modern Classic interviewed Steve Harper in his Studio about this past...

Hotdog theme sketches 1989.04

From a sketch by Steve Harper at the beginning in April 89, the concept was to use Ford's heritage of hot-rods to create a unique modern sportscar.

Together with designers Russell Carr, Yong Wook Sin and cad master David Stephenson, the design was to be based upon the then latest Ford Fiesta XR2 platform.

Designed concurrently with the Escort RS Cosworth project, during the evenings and weekends, this unique 3 seat showcar was produced in only 6 months, for the Autotech show in November 1989. 

The CAD surface database model was ready in just a month, and by the end of June 89, the resultant scale clay model was refined, redigitized and signed off for prototype build.

Using MGA’s highly skilled team of modelmakers, surfacers and painters, the car was completed the day before the show. 

Even the show stand, called ‘Mike’s Diner’ was themed in keeping with the car’s 1950’s hot rod spirit, and the car itself received rave reviews.

The model is now on display at Coventry's Museum of Transport.