Mar 282014

The Grampian Transport Museum in Alford is delighted to announce the arrival of a rare Edwardian car for the 2014 season.

MaudslayOne of very few examples left in existence, the 1910 ‘round radiator’ Maudslay has been kindly loaned from the Coventry Transport Museum, who have two such cars, Coventry being where they were manufactured.

The loan has been made possible as the Coventry museum is currently undergoing extensive refurbishment works.

A crown jewel in this year’s line up at the Grampian Transport Museum, Maudslay were once extremely popular in Aberdeenshire and also Aberdeen City, where civic cars of the day were Maudslays.

Sir Charles Forbes of Strathdon, formerly of Newe Castle, was Chairman of the company and influenced the local wealthy elite of the time to support the company and buy his products. To this end the Museum is also home to a good photo collection of these vehicles on local roads.

Having tried to secure such a vehicle for display for a number of years, Museum Curator Mike Ward is delighted with this latest addition to the Alford visitor attraction

“For me this is the most exciting vehicle loan for many years. We have been hoping to tell the local story and explain the large number of early Maudslays in Aberdeenshire, making use of our extensive archival and photographic collections.

“GTM has enjoyed a long relationship with the Coventry Transport Museum with many superb vehicles coming north for a season or two. This latest loan is a good example of two Museums working together for the public benefit by ensuring access to rare collections”

Grampian Transport Museum opens for the 2014 season on Sunday 30th March, with a ‘Mothers Day Special’. Frequent visitors to the Museum can take advantage of the popular gtm+ membership scheme, which offers unlimited free access to the museum and events, along with a range of exclusive member’s benefits.

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