Culture & Heritage

E Hayes & Sons Motorworks Collection

168 Dee Street, Invercargill

Every year hundreds of visitors from all around the world journey to E Hayes and Sons store for one reason; to see a remarkable vintage motorcycle with their own eyes and stand in the presence of a legend. It's a legend that tells a story of passion and determination to develop a motorcycle to its full potential - beyond what would even seem possible. It's the story of "The World's Fastest Indian"; the legend of Burt Munro.

Today, Burt's original 1920 Indian Scout forms the centerpiece of a unique display of over one hundred classic, vintage and modern motorcycles, automobiles, engines, equipment and memorabilia that makes up our Motorworks Collection. From working examples of early vintage machinery, pumps, engines and lathes, our original shop delivery van, a range of classic automobiles and turn of the century motorcycles, to modern racing bikes - you'll find it all here in a collection unlike any other.

What's even more remarkable is where you'll find these incredible exhibits. While similar types of displays are housed in museums, you'll find our collection spread throughout one of New Zealand's largest and most extensive independently owned hardware stores. Browse at your leisure through our many shop departments and enjoy classic motorcycles and cars sitting side-by-side products such as powertools, lawnmowers, camping equipment, kitchen appliances and much, much more. It's an experience that gives a whole new meaning to "retail therapy"!

Our collection is always expanding as new and interesting pieces are added. Each one has a history and a story to tell which we are proud to honour and share with you through the exhibits in our store. The displays are free to view during normal shop trading hours and our friendly, knowledgeable staff are always on hand to answer any questions you may have.

E Hayes & Sons
Last modified
Fri 14 Aug 2020
  • Activities
  • Attraction
  • Culture & Heritage
  • Free Things to Do
  • Shopping
  • CBD
  • Less than half day
  • Family Friendly
  • Gifts & Souvenirs
  • Gallery
  • Museum
  • Self-Guided
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