Announcement 16 May 2016:
Iconic Nelson motorbike collection to move to Invercargill
Jocelyn and Scott O’Donnell, Directors of Bill Richardson Transport World in Invercargill have much pleasure in announcing the purchase of the Tom and Heather Sturgess owned New Zealand Classic Motorcycle collection (NZCM) in Nelson. The 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 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 (NZCM) 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”.
The New Zealand Classic Motorcycle collection was previously owned by Tom and Heather Sturgess and housed in Nelson since December 2014. It closed to the public in April 2016, as sadly Tom’s health has not been the best, and he made the decision to simplify his life by reviewing his assets in both New Zealand and the United States. 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”.
For further information, please contact:
Bill Richardson Transport World
Mobile: 029 233 4401
NZ Classic Motorcycles
Mobile: 027 836 4664
Additional Information: Transport World opened to the public in December 2015 and the 15,000 m2 site on State Highway 1 houses 250 trucks, over 50 cars including an iconic early Henry Ford and Letter Car collection, wearable arts, 200 petrol pumps as well as The Grille Cafe and a conference centre. It has quickly become Invercargill’s leading attraction.
Announcement March 2016:
NZ Classic Motorcycles to Close to the Public
It is with regret that Tom Sturgess and his wife Heather have made the decision to close New Zealand Classic Motorcycles to the public at the end of April 2016. As a result of recent illness Tom and Heather are seeking to simplify their lives, reorganise their priorities and goals, and streamline their business interests both in NZ and US.
In a recent Nelson Mail article Tom said:
“This has been a great journey – we have achieved a lot over the past few years, for which I am grateful. We have had some good fun along the way.
“However, my recent illness has highlighted that I need to prepare for some changes in my life.”
One of those changes, “tough as it might be” was for NZCM to close to the public, after which the next steps will be evaluated.
Tom noted that, “This decision is not attributable to anyone or anything beyond the simple fact that I need to simplify my life. I both acknowledge and regret the impact of this decision on other people.”
The team at NZ Classic Motorcycles wish to take this opportunity to extend a heartfelt note of personal thanks to those who have made a significant contribution in creating what is an outstanding facility which fairly portrays Tom and Heather’s vision. Their part in this has been welcome and appreciated.
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About NZ Classic Motorcycles
Recently opened by the Prime Minister, Nelson’s latest attraction and focal point for classic motorcycle enthusiasts is fast becoming a drawcard among the two-wheeled fraternity.
Situated in central Nelson with ample parking, our collection of more than 260 machines – solo, sidecar and even three wheeled automobiles – features machinery from 1902 upwards and is surrounded by an extensive gallery of motorcycle related artwork and original period posters, all sourced around the globe and available for public viewing.
The Haven Road showroom is comprised of two floors of motorcycles and sidecars surrounded by an extensive gallery of artwork and original period posters, some more valuable than the motorbikes themselves.