John Shand, Alastair Ford, Dave Roberts, Julie Malthus and Hayden McCrorie with the first of the New Zealand Classic Motorcycles collection, heading to Invercargill. Photo: Brittany Spencer.

Classic motorbikes on the move

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Nelson’s treasured classic motorcycle collection has begun its journey to Invercargill.

nzcm1The first load of veteran bikes were strapped into the gigantic 24 metre Bill Richardson Transport World truck on Haven Rd this afternoon.

John Shand, the former manager of New Zealand Classic Motorcycles says it’s a day of mixed emotions.

“I’m sad to see the bikes go of course but It’s so good to see that they’re staying in New Zealand and going to a good place.

nzcm3“All the veteran bikes that were built before the first world war are heading down today, and about a dozen of ‘The Fonz’ triumphs from the 50’s are also going.”

Among the first load are a couple of running, patina Camelback Indians dating as far back as 1908.

With 30 bikes fitting into each truck, the collection of over 300 bikes is expected to take until the end of August to be completely transported to it’s new home.

But the bikes won’t be going alone, Nelson’s Dave Roberts will be shifting down south with them to take up his new role as manager of the collection.