Sturgess Col­lec­tion saved

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As we re­ported in the New Zealand Clas­sic Mo­tor­cy­cles mu­seum in Nel­son has been forced to close due to the se­ri­ous ill­ness of its co-owner, Tom Sturgess. How­ever the iconic col­lec­tion has been res­cued and will move to In­ver­cargill. Jo­ce­lyn and Scott O’Don­nell, Di­rec­tors of Bill Richardson Transport World in In­ver­cargill have an­nounced the pur­chase of the Tom and Heather Sturgess-owned New Zealand Clas­sic Mo­tor­cy­cle col­lec­tion (NZCM) in Nel­son. “The Sturgess col­lec­tion is con­sid­ered to be a world class at­trac­tion of close to 300 mo­tor­cy­cles and mo­tor­cy­cle-fo­cused art. 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, In­dian, Match­less, Rudge as well as lit­tle known brands such as the Sch­winn and Zun­dapp. De­tails are still be­ing fi­nalised. How­ever, the col­lec­tion will be housed within the In­ver­cargill CBD and not at Bill Richardson Transport World. It is ex­pected the new at­trac­tion will open to the pub­lic in late 2016 on a per­ma­nent ba­sis. Scott O’Don­nell from Transport World says “we are very pleased to be bring­ing this col­lec­tion to In­ver­cargill and be­lieve it is a per­fect com­ple­ment to our ex­ist­ing Transport World ex­pe­ri­ence and, In­ver­cargill, given its strong links to mo­tor­bikes. The re­gion is now home to three of the best wheeled at­trac­tions in the coun­try Transport World, E. Hayes & Sons and now the New Zealand Clas­sic Mo­tor­cy­cle col­lec­tion and we hope that this will en­cour­age more peo­ple to visit South­land. We look for­ward to honour­ing Tom and Heather and the col­lec­tion’s Nel­son roots whilst also adding our own unique Transport World touches. Off­shore of­fers had been re­ceived, but it was Tom’s wish that the col­lec­tion re­main in New Zealand and the move to In­ver­cargill was the best out­come for the coun­try. Tom says “I am sure In­ver­cargill will re­ceive as much en­joy­ment and make as many new friends as we have”. The newly-ex­panded Transport World opened in In­ver­cargill in De­cem­ber 2015 and has quickly be­come the city’s lead­ing at­trac­tion. Its 15,000 square me­tre site houses 250 trucks, more than 50 cars, 200 petrol pumps and a con­fer­ence cen­tre.

The re­cently ex­panded Bill Richardson Transport World in In­ver­cargill is a fas­ci­nat­ing col­lec­tion of his­toric ve­hi­cles. The ad­di­tion of the NZCM col­lec­tion will fur­ther en­hance the city’s rep­u­ta­tion as a tourist at­trac­tion with a strong mo­tor­ing fo­cus.

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