Museum gearing up for 2016 season

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The finishing touches are being put in place at the Grampian Transport Museum, as the North East visitor attraction gets ready for the start of the 2016 season.

With work on the brand new visitor reception now complete, the team has been focussing on the final preparations, including putting the new displays in place.

Each season the museum team aim to refresh around one third of the displays, to ensure that the exhibitions remain fresh and topical.

With Guy Martin set to attempt the Wall of Death live on Channel 4, the museum is delighted to be able to display a number of items from Guy’s personal collection, including a magnificent Rolls Royce Merlin Spitfire engine.

This is the first time such an item has been on display at the museum and this particular engine is still in full working order.

Also on loan to the museum – and featured in his popular ‘Speed with Guy Martin’ programme – is the Gravity Racer which Guy built, with help from engineers at Sheffield Hallam University.

A new addition for the 2016 season is an ex Colin McRae Ford Focus WRC car – this particular example, Y4 FMC, was driven by McRae in the 2001 WRC season and crashed spectacularly at the Rally Great Britain in Wales.

Next of Kin, a temporary exhibit on display from 2nd April to 31st August, will tell the story of those involved in the Great War and is further complimented with a number of vehicle displays including Goliath, a McLaren Showman’s Locomotive.

Curator, Mike Ward, commented “In the museum’s long history we’ve never had such an exciting line up of exhibits and events.

“The entire team are really looking forward to an exciting season ahead.”