The Grampian Transport Museum has completed its 2017 exhibition portfolio, and marked the occasion with a celebratory opening on March 23rd for invited guests and gtm+ members.

After months of polishing exhibits and preparing displays, the museum’s curator, Mike Ward MBE, kicked off the evening with a speech congratulating members on their hard work through the 2017 winter period to prepare GTM for visitors once more. He was joined on stage by John Rahtz, chairman of the Grampian Transport Museum Trust, who welcomed all those in attendance and shared his thoughts on the growth GTM is forecast to see in 2017. Visitor numbers during the year are expected to rise to 30,000 for the first time in the museum’s history.

Speeches complete, the assembled crowd of 140 people circulated the exhibition space for the first time in its completed state, many being ‘wowed’ by the rejuvenated display surrounding the collection of celebrity TT racer and TV presenter, Guy Martin.

Things then got heated as Scottish cycling champions Jon Entwhistle and Bill Bythe took to GTM’s newly installed ‘Turbo Trainer’ bicycles to measure their wattage and set new records within the museum. Jon is the current holder of the Scottish 50 and 100 mile time trial records, and so certainly had an impeccable record!

The main focus of the evening’s events were focused around the ‘Cycling to the Bicentenary’ exhibition, which the museum installed over the winter. The display allows visitors to get ‘hands on’ with replicas of the earliest bicycles, including Scottish-born Kirkpatrick MacMillan’s 1839 machine that incorporated pedals for the first time.

After food and an exhibition tour, the crowd dispersed having has a wonderful evening.

Oliver Edwards, the GTM’s new marketing manager, said “It’s been a fantastic evening for the GTM, having welcomed figures from the National Trust for Scotland, Visit Aberdeenshire and, naturally, our committed members and volunteers. We’re all looking forward to a successful 2017, and to smashing our target of 30,000 visitors”.