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Invercargill CBD to house rare motorcycle collection


A rare collection of nearly 300 motorcycles and motorcycle-themed art is moving to Invercargill.

Bill Richardson Transport World directors Jocelyn and Scott O'Donnell​ announced on Monday the museum had bought the New Zealand Classic Motorcycle (NZCM) collection from previous owners Heather and Tom Sturgess.

The motorcycles will be moved from their current location in Nelson to Invercargill, where they are expected to go on public display before the end of the year.

Scott O'Donnell would not disclose how much was paid for the motorcycles but said they would not be displayed at Bill Richardson Transport World, but at a new location in Invercargill's central business district (CBD).

"We want to have it as a standalone exhibit," he said.

"Invercargill needs a point of difference. We're mechanical people. We like mechanical things."

It would likely be a few months before a location for the motorcycles was finalised, he said, but mentioned Transport World's owners, H W Richardson Group, owned buildings on the south side of Tay St and elsewhere in Invercargill.

Invercargill-rare-motorcycleAmong the motorcycles in the collection are a 1902 Peugeot, 21st Century Simms Corbin Custom, and bikes from brands including AJS, Ariel, BMW, Brough Superior, Harley-Davidson, Henderson, Indian, Matchless, Rudge, Schwinn and Zundapp.

O'Donnell said the motorcycles would be "a perfect complement" to Transport World's existing offering and it made sense to house them in the south because of Invercargill's motorcycle culture.

The NZCM collection had been housed in Nelson since December 2014, and closed in April. 

Tom Sturgess said in a statement that he wanted the collection to remain in New Zealand rather than be sent overseas.

"I am sure Invercargill will receive as much enjoyment and make as many new friends as we have," he said.