Washing machine parts get pride of place in Glasgow museum

Post by Tom on 31st May 2011 in

Washing machine parts get pride of place in Glasgow museum

A selection of washing machine spares are to be put on display in Scotland’s newest visitor attraction – the £74m Riverside Museum in Glasgow.

But the components aren’t being used for repairs, they belong to world record cyclist Graeme Obree.

Nicknamed The Flying Scotsman, Mr Obree broke the record for the one hour bicycle sprint in 1993 using a machine he built which included a number of washing machine parts. He went on to break the record again in 1994 and also became international pursuit world champion in 1993 and 1995.

A film based on Mr Obree’s story, starring Johnny Lee Miller, was released in 2006. Two bikes used during filming, which were made by the champion cyclist, will now be put on display at the new museum.

Speaking to the Daily Record, Mr Obree said: "I was first approached by the museum just after the film came out and, for me, it was an incredible honour to be asked.

"Old Faithful is on display at the Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh so as a west coast boy it's great to also have something in Glasgow."

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