NEW ZEALAND CLASSIC CAR SPECIAL FEATURE
spend a few days a month talking to customers and doing a bit of bike maintenance items. Alastair Ford, a retired mechanic and businessman, has taken on the enviable role of unpaid mechanic. He spends virtually every day in the workshop, where visitors can watch him, and the other specialists, at work through large windows. His ready smile confirms there’s nowhere else he’d rather be. Instrumental to the dedicated team are deeply talented specialized mechanic Steven Scullion, equally talented machinist Alan Malaquin, and Ingrid Penfold, the marketing and promotions manager.
Early in the project, Wayne pointed out that there were no race bikes in the collection. Tom’s response was simple, “Let’s buy!”. Thanks to Tom’s ability to indulge in the thrill of the chase and completion of a purchase and/or restoration, we have a world-class motorcycle museum on our doorstep.
NZ Classic Motorcycles is truly a credit to all those involved. Don’t be put off by the $20 entry charge — it’s worth every cent and more, and NZ Classic Motorcycles donates a sizeable percentage of the takings to local charities. When you visit, allow plenty of time. Trust me, you’ll need it.