Classics celebrated in new Scots museum

| 1 Jun 2011

Scottish classic motoring heritage may be limited, but it is showcased to the hilt at the Riverside Museum in Glasgow, which celebrates transport and travel and opens its doors later this month.

As well as a 1960s garage tableau, there is a wall of cars, the story behind the first Hillman Imp to roll off a Scottish production line, the late Colin McRae’s World Rally Championship winning Subaru Impreza, actor Robbie Coltrane’s Chrysler Jeep, a rare collection of early Albion, Argyll and Arrol Johnson cars and the second largest fire engine collection in the country.

Designed by Zaha Hadid, the £74 million building houses more than 3000 exhibits, in over 150 interactive displays celebrating not just motoring, but the entire transport history of the Clyde, in which shipbuilding and loco engines play a huge part.

The Riverside Museum opens to the public on 21 June. It has been funded by Glasgow City Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Riverside Museum Appeal. Entry is free.

Pictures by Culture & Sport Glasgow (Museums) and Lenny Warren/Warren Media