Southern bikes at MTA100

The Burt Munro display with the motorcycle movie prop which was built for the 2005 movie The World's Fastest Indian at the MTA100: Car Show of the Century held in Wellington recently. Photo: Supplied

TWO motorcycles, a replica streamliner and various legendary motorcycle memorabilia were among the items Southland Motorcycle Club member and Burt Munro Challenge beach race organiser Stephen Winteringham was custodian of during the MTA100: Car Show of the Century held in Wellington recently.

The Britten display with mechanical engineer, designer and racing legend John Britten’s leathers and the Cardinal Britten motorcycle, which is normally on display at the Classic Motorcycle Mecca and was on loan by the Britten Family Trust. Photo: Supplied

Among the trio of vehicles from Invercargill was the motorcycle usually displayed at the Southland Museum & Art Gallery which was made as a movie prop for the 2005 Burt Munro movie The World’s Fastest Indian, the streamliner replica usually displayed at E Hayes & Sons, and a Cardinal Britten on loan by the Britten Family Trust to the Classic Motorcycle Mecca in Invercargill.

While at the national event, Mr Winteringham also promoted Southland, the Burt Munro Challenge, the museum, Motorcycle Mecca and E Hayes & Sons, he said.

He said the once-in-a-century show had proved popular with 9000-plus people looking through the exhibits and vehicles throughout the weekend. “It was popular, especially in The Legends section where the Burt Munro and Britten displays were… it ended up with quite a bottleneck as people stopped to look at the displays and the streamliner.”

He estimated 1500 people had “jumped into the streamliner to have their photo taken” and said he was “surprised how many young kids knew who Burt Munro was”.

One of the special moments during the event was when a blind man and his friend approached the Burt Munro display.

“His friend was talking about the [movie replica] bike and trying to explain it to him in detail, so I opened the barrier and brought him through and let him touch it while I talked to him about the motorcycle.

“It was a really touching moment.”

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