Guy Martin collection on show at GTM

Guy Martin
Guy Martin

With work on its new visitor reception nearly complete, the attention of staff and volunteers at Grampian Transport Museum has now turned to completing the exhibition for the 2016 season.

Some of the key exhibits for the season ahead have been loaned to the museum by motorcycle racing legend and best selling author & broadcaster Guy Martin.

Guy visited the museum in 2011 and made friends with local cycle and motorcycle racing enthusiasts.

He is keen to exhibit a selection of his own collection of machinery and share his passion for great engineering with museum visitors.

Fans of his TV programmes may well remember his prized possession - a 1942 Rolls Royce Merlin engine – used initially in Spitfires during the second world war.

The display of Guy’s Merlin will be a first for the GTM; this particular engine was last used in a Lancaster bomber and is still in full working order.

A Martek Racing Motorcycle will also be displayed this season; based on the Suzuki GSX 1000, the turbo charged bike boasts a bored 1277cc block and was custom built by Guy to compete in the famous Pikes Peak hill climb event in America, in 2015.

The bike, guided by Guy’s usual dare-devil attitude, won an award and the winners flag will accompany the machine.

Also on display is the 675 Daytona Triumph, again custom built and used by Guy whilst competing in the Supersport race at the legendary Isle of Mann TT in 2015.

Completing a trio of Guy’s racing motorcycles is his most used and most prolific race-winning machine, which is now showing signs of wear and tear; his Suzuki GSXR 1000 K3 of 2003.

The 2016 exhibition will open to the public on Friday, April 1.