Coastal mu­seum of mo­tors sec­tion listed on mar­ket

Eastern Courier - - FRONT PAGE - PJ TAY­LOR

The home to one of New Zealand’s most im­pres­sive pri­vate sports car and mo­tor­bike col­lec­tions in a mu­seum-like for­mat is on the mar­ket for sale.

Pine Har­bour Mo­tor­sport Mu­seum in Beach­lands, East Auck­land, houses a price­less col­lec­tion of Kiwi mo­tor­sport his­tory, in­clud­ing a 1928 Auburn Speed­ster - a class win­ner in the Amer­i­can Great Race, and a 1977 Yamaha 750cc mo­tor­cy­cle which won that year’s Isle of Man TT rid­den by Joey Dunlop.

It also has a 1959 Cooper Cli­max T51 driven by mo­tor­ing le­gends Sir Jack Brab­ham and Bruce McLaren, a 1964 JAP Speed­way bike rid­den by the great Ivan Mauger, and a Ford Cos­worth Sierra that won the 1989 Bathurst 1000 driven by Dick John­son and John Bowe.

The out­stand­ing col­lec­tion is owned by mo­tor-rac­ing en­thu­si­ast Al­lan Drinkrow whose com­pa­nies de­vel­oped much of the com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties in and around Pine Har­bour Ma­rina. Drinkrow leases the mu­seum build­ing in which the au­to­mo­tive mem­o­ra­bilia is show­cased. The 640-square me­tre build­ing at 40 Ninth View Av­enue sits on 1416 sq m of land zoned for res­i­den­tial ter­race hous­ing and apart­ment build­ings un­der the Auck­land Uni­tary Plan.

The Pine Har­bour Mo­tor­sport Mu­seum, open for view­ings to ded­i­cated mo­tor­ing en­thu­si­asts by ap­point­ment only, pays an an­nual ren­tal of $36,442 plus GST.

The land and build­ings are be­ing mar­keted for sale at auc­tion on Oc­to­ber 25 through Bay­leys Manukau.

Sales­peo­ple Dave Stan­ley and Nick Bay­ley say the zon­ing of the land at 40 Ninth View Av­enue means the prop­erty could be main­tained in its cur­rent sta­tus un­der the coun­cil’s ‘ex­ist­ing use’ clause, or re­de­vel­oped into a dif­fer­ent for­mat.

‘‘While the Pine Har­bour Mo­tor­sport Mu­seum is a mod­ern and well-con­structed pur­pose­built build­ing only five years old, the real value of this site lies in its re­con­fig­u­ra­tion po­ten­tial as a ter­raced unit res­i­den­tial site,’’ Bay­ley says.

‘‘Across the road is a row of three-storey ter­raced hous­ing units built to make in­tense use of the land space avail­able.

‘‘Plans have also been sub­mit­ted for an apart­ment com­plex on a sim­i­lar cor­ner site some 100 me­tres away on Ninth View Av­enue. Im­me­di­ately to the neigh­bour­ing side and rear of the mu­seum build­ing, the flat land is cur­rently used as a stor­age yard for con­tain­ers, small boat trail­ers and in­dus­trial pip­ing and met­al­work. This land is also zoned for po­ten­tial higher den­sity res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment.

‘‘The mu­seum is quite con­tent to re­main on the site as a tenant gen­er­at­ing hold­ing in­come while the nec­es­sary coun­cil con­sents are ac­quired.’’

The ex­ist­ing high-beam sin­gle­storey struc­ture on the site is sep­a­rated into two dis­tinct ar­eas – an ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fice and staff ameni­ties por­tion, and the big­ger open-plan show­room.

It’s con­structed on re­in­forced con­crete foun­da­tions, with pre­cast con­crete pan­els at the rear and steel col­umns at the front – all on a pol­ished con­crete floor. The ex­te­rior of the build­ing is ex­ten­sively glazed with com­mer­cial grade alu­minium join­ery.

‘‘The real value of this site lies in its re­con­fig­u­ra­tion po­ten­tial.’’

SUP­PLIED

The build­ing that houses the Pine Har­bour Mo­tor­sport Mu­seum is an im­pres­sive and stylish dis­play show­room, with ad­di­tional of­fice ar­eas. Full story at www.stuff.co.nz/auck­land/lo­cal-news/east­ern-courier.

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