Speedway exhibit promises petrolhead heaven

10th November 2021

It’s a sport that’s got a huge following here in New Zealand – and Classic Motorcycle Mecca is looking forward to welcoming plenty of fans of speedway soon.

Temporary exhibit Speedway Spectaculars will be on display at the leading classic motorcycle museum in the Southern Hemisphere from 18 December, 2021 to 19 April, 2022.

Originally slated to be on display during the annual Burt Munro Challenge, any classic motorbike fans planning on heading south despite the event’s cancellation will still be able to check out the exhibit.

The Classic Motorcycle Mecca team has been hard at work putting the Speedway Spectaculars exhibit together – and volunteer Colin Clark reckons it will find plenty of fans.

“People love speedway – it sells itself. It’s the excitement of it, the fast pace. It’s hard to describe but it’s one of those things that just gets in your blood,” he says. “People just flock to it. It’s petrolhead heaven.”

The exhibit will showcase the evolution of the sport’s home here in the deep south, Oreti Park Speedway, and will feature a number of authentic items from marquee names like Barry Briggs, Larry Ross, and three generations of the Brookland family including a number of bikes and race helmets handpainted by Bob Brookland – known as the mastermind behind the eyecatching paint jobs on a number of John Britten-constructed motorbikes.

“I think people will really enjoy being able to get up close to the likes of the handpainted JAWA,” Colin says. “You don’t see artistry like that every day, and for speedway fans it will definitely be a bit of a highlight.”