Robbie Coltrane yesterday gave his Chrysler Jeep a final waxing prior to its installation at Glasgow’s new Riverside Museum. When the museum opens later this year, Coltrane’s Jeep will take pride of place in the dramatic north window and will be one of the first objects that visitors to the museum will see.
The actor donated the Jeep to Glasgow Museums last year. It’s since undergone conservation work at the old Museum of Transport in Kelvin Hall. Yesterday’s waxing was the finishing touch to the vehicle, which Coltrane described as an “Old War Horse”.
Coltrane’s Jeep Grand Wagoneer was manufactured in 1988 by Chrysler. Curators at the Riverside Museum consider it an excellent example of its type and say that the period 1987–91 at Chrysler is considered the "best of the breed" due to engineering and aesthetic upgrades such as wooden panelling and modernised aluminium wheels.
Coltrane admitted he missed his old Jeep and its V8 engine in the recent freeze. “I could have done with that old War Horse this last month. Nothing was getting up my hill, but she could go up solid ice,” he said, adding that he once used it to pull a tractor out of a ditch.
Coltrane is a trustee of the Riverside Museum Appeal, which aims to raise £5 million. In 2007, he helped launch the appeal’s fundraising bid in George Square along with fellow trustee Carol Smillie.
Gavin McLellan, Director of the Riverside Museum Appeal, said: “We are delighted to have been given this vehicle by Robbie Coltrane. He has been a fantastic friend to Glasgow Museums for many years, and because of his passion for cars and engineering he was an early recruit to the Riverside Museum Appeal.
“Robbie has helped promote our fundraising campaign by starring in a series of short spoof clips on YouTube, alongside Chewin’ the Fat star Greg Hemphill. Now that the appeal’s reached 80 per cent of its £5 million target, and with opening day a matter of months away, we want as many people as possible to show their support and donate to the appeal.”
McLellan added: “Every donation to the Riverside Appeal will be permanently recognised. That means your name, or that of a loved one, could be joining Robbie Coltrane’s Jeep inside this wonderful new museum. To donate online, visit www.riversideappeal.org
or text the word ‘Riverside’ to 70700 to give £5.”
Notes to Editors:
The Riverside Museum Appeal (RMA) is a charitable trust established to raise £5 million in sponsorship and donations from companies, trusts and individuals for the development of the new Riverside Museum. To date, it has raised just over £4 million.
The Riverside Museum Appeal is the second major capital appeal undertaken with Glasgow Museums. It follows the hugely successful refurbishment of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.
The £5 million fundraising target is a fundamental element of the partnership-funding package. It represents the private and voluntary sector’s contribution towards this exciting and innovative project.
Of the £74 million needed for the development of the Riverside Museum, Glasgow City Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund have committed £69 million.
Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. To date it has invested over £500 million in Scotland's heritage.