Classic Motorcycle Mecca set to open
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Transport World will open its doors to the public on Wednesday, 23 November for the launch of its newest attraction, Classic Motorcycle Mecca.
The opening of Classic Motorcycle Mecca coincides with the visit of global motoring superstar and Isle of Man TT racer Guy Martin to Invercargill for the 2016 Burt Munro Challenge. Guy Martin is set to officially open Classic Motorcycle Mecca in the days leading up to the public opening.
“The team is very excited about this development and for everyone to finally have a chance to see it. A huge amount of work has gone into getting it ready and we hope our guests will really enjoy what they see”, said Tourism Operations Manager, Hannah Whyte.
“It’s going to be such a great few days in Invercargill and we couldn’t have got a better time to open with this year’s Burt Munro Challenge and Guy Martin’s visit.”
The opening of Classic Motorcycle Mecca brings to halt a large scale restoration project that has taken over six months to complete. Two centrally located Invercargill buildings have been restored to house the collection as well as the opening of a new inner city café Meccaspresso.
Classic Motorcycle Mecca is home to around 300 motorcycles and motorcycle focussed artwork. 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 and Indian; as well as little known brands such as Schwinn and Zundapp.
The establishment of Classic Motorcycle Mecca follows on roughly one year from the opening of the successful Bill Richardson Transport World, displaying hundreds of vehicles and even more motoring memorabilia across a 15,000sqm building.
To date thousands have been welcomed through Bill Richardson Transport World’s unique blend of conference and event facilities, automotive displays, family fun and growing wearable art collection.
As one of the south’s newest attractions, it has automatically become a must-see for any motoring enthusiast passing through Invercargill, offering exhibits that’ll have something for the whole family.