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Published on : Monday, August 8, 2016
Motorcycle enthusiasts will soon have a new reason to find their way to Invercargill, as New Zealand’s southern city builds a reputation as a must-do destination for anyone interested in transport heritage.
Invercargill is already home to the Bill Richardson Transport World which is now expanding its extensive specialist offerings with the New Zealand Classic Motorcycle collection transporting the city to the top of motor enthusiasts’ bucket lists.
Less than 12 months ago, Bill Richardson Transport World – the largest private collection of its type in the world – opened its doors to the public, and the Richardson legacy is about to be extended with the announcement that it will be bringing this significant collection of classic motorbikes to Invercargill.
Originally housed in Nelson, the motorcycle collection will move south for a permanent new home in the centre of Invercargill.The Sturgess motorcycle collection is billed as a world class attraction featuring Bill Richardson Transport World in Invercargill, New Zealand, is a motor enthusiast’s heaven but is also fun for the whole family
The collection ranges from a 1902 Peugeot motorcycle to a 21st Century Simms Corbin Custom and includes brands such as AJS, Ariel, BMW, Brough Superior, Harley Davidson, Henderson, Indian, Matchless, Rudge as well as little known brands such as the Schwinn and Zundapp.
Although the collection will be housed in a different site to Bill Richardson Transport World, the two will be a double delight for motor enthusiasts. Not just for truck enthusiasts either, Transport World was designed to have something for everyone and includes family play zones, wearable art fashion exhibits and a theatre.
Scott O’Donnell from Transport World says “we are very pleased to be bringing this collection to Invercargill and believe it is a perfect complement to our existing Transport World experience and, Invercargill, given its strong links to motorbikes.”
Invercargill also happens to be the home of Burt Munro, a New Zealand motorcycle racer, famous for setting a world speed record in 1967. Munro’s story was brought to life in the 2005 feature film The World’s Fastest Some extremely rare vehicles live at Bill Richardson Transport World including a Stewart 1ton truck, the only one of its kind in the world.
Following the success of the movie, the Southland Motorcycle Club created the Burt Munro Challenge to honour Burt, his ingenuity, determination, and love of speed and motorcycles.The inaugural event was held in 2006, and it has since forged a name for itself as one of New Zealand’s major motorsport events.
The Burt Munro Challenge features hill climbs, super X, Indian Motorcycle NZ Beach Racing Champs, Circuit Racing, street races and a speedway spectacular.It attracts top New Zealand riders as well as weekend warriors, and provides a variety of exciting events, entertainment and famous southern hospitality.The next edition of the Burt Munro Challenge will be held from 24 –27 November, 2016, at Oreti Park, Dunns Road, Otatara, Invercargill.
Source:-Tourism New Zealand