Classic bikes come out of sheds and on display

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The Classic and Vintage Motorcycle Show kicked off the year for motorcyclist enthusiasts with 66 bikes out on display, from Triumphs to BSAs and Well bikes.

The show is a chance for members to shine their machines and show the public why they love their bikes.

Classic and Vintage Motorcycle Club President, Ian Goeten, says the day was absolutely brilliant.

“As soon as the doors were open we had people coming in, we had hundreds in the first few hours and a dozen people signed up to the club.“

“We had about 66 bikes on display, all varying in age, price and value, there were bikes as old as 1910 and worth anything between $150,000 and $10,000.”

The second day of the show was a swap meet, in which people could buy, sell or trade motorcycle parts and memorabilia.

“Each year, it’s like an Aladdin’s cave for motorbikes,” says Ian.

The club run several events and hundreds of rides each year, but Ian says it all boils down to a passion for keeping the classics on the road.

Murray Schwass is a household name amongst members, the restoration man and original club member can fix anything or point you to the right man.

The born and bred Nelsonian has lost track of the number of club bikes he’s worked on and can’t remember a time when he wasn’t restoring bikes.

“Someone asked me the other day, ‘how many bikes have you had’ and I said, ‘I lost count after thirty’, but my first bike was a Triumph Terrier, I was about 13 and I used to ride it on the road without a licence,” says Murray with a chuckle.

“I’ve been fixing bikes all my life, it runs in the family and it’s really rewarding seeing the end result and watching the owner’s face when they see their old banged-up bike looking like new,” he says.

“Motorbikes, cars, whatever it is – everyone gets hooked on something, it could even be roller-skating – who knows, but you only have to look at the number of people that come through the door to realise how big it is in Nelson, last year we had 12,000 in one day.”