Sidecars galore now on display

12th March 2020

If you think Classic Motorcycle Mecca just keeps getting bigger and better – well, you’d be right!

After completing a sizeable extension in the upper floors of the two period buildings Classic Motorcycle Mecca calls home in early 2019, focus then turned to the basement.

The result? Not only is the leading classic motorcycle collection in the Southern Hemisphere now home to the George Begg Bunker – a 1600m2 exhibit that pays tribute to the legendary Southland race vehicle engineer and a golden age in Kiwi motorsport history – the museum is now also home to a dedicated sidecar display area.

Transport World executive director Joc O’Donnell says the redevelopment of the basement was the perfect opportunity to give Classic Motorcycle Mecca’s collection of sidecars the space they deserved.

“We were very fortunate to be in the position that we found ourselves in when we began Classic Motorcycle Mecca, in that the sheer volume of pieces within our collection meant we were spoiled for choice,” she says. “We’re really pleased that our redevelopment at Classic Motorcycle Mecca has allowed us to create a much bigger space, which means we can highlight an even greater number of treasures found within our collection.”

The sidecar display can be found in two vast, airy rooms in the basement level of Classic Motorcycle Mecca. Among the motorcycles and sidecars found within the display area include –

  • 1930 AJS R2 V-Twin and box sidecar
  • 1922 Matchless Model H and sidecar
  • 1938 Zundapp K800 and sidecar
  • 1912 Bradbury Model-de-Luxe and sidecar
  • 1947 Nimbus Bumble-Bee and sidecar

Classic Motorcycle Mecca is already known in motorcycle enthusiast circles as the leading classic motorcycle collection in the Southern Hemisphere: and now being able to display not only a larger number of sidecar vehicles, but the motorcycles that run alongside them, would further add to the museum’s appeal, O’Donnell says.

“Sidecars really seem to transcend audiences – our enthusiasts find them as interesting as our visitors who are complete newbies to the world of motorcycles do,” she says. “By their very nature, they’re a bit quirky and unusual, and that adds to their appeal across a really broad audience.”