Classic Motorcycle Mecca forging ahead
Redevelopment stage two work at Invercargill’s Classic Motorcycle Mecca is currently ahead of schedule with major parts of the electrical, plumbing and fire protection completed in May, reports Executive Director Jocelyn O’Donnell. “The aim of the redevelopment is to relaunch the new-look museum before the end of the year as Australasia’s leading motorcycle museum.” Transport World Communications Manager Andie Gentle said the transformation will result in a much larger space with a new focus on interactive exhibits, story-telling content and family friendly areas. “We will have a lot more space to work with, so the idea is to create some exciting new exhibits, kid’s areas and to give visitors a greater insight into the stories, innovation and people behind the bikes,” she said.Other exciting additions planned include a themed cocktail functions area, a New Zealand motorbike hall of fame, a hero bike display, a sports bike display and numerous photo opportunities.
The collection itself will also become more diverse, with some Japanese, motocross and speedway bikes set to be added to the current collection of mostly British, European and American motorcycles. The public can keep up to date with the redevelopment on the new ‘Classic Motorcycle Mecca’ Facebook page.