Unique vehicles on show

KAT PICKFORD
Last updated 12:00 06/12/2012
Car Museum
Scott Hammond

New beginnings: The building that formerly housed Don’s Place second hand house parts and furniture will soon be home to a car museum.

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A Marlborough motorsport enthusiast is opening a car museum on the corner of Grove Rd and Alfred St in Blenheim on December 15.

Vivian Brown plans to showcase up to 70 cars and 45 motorcycles from his family's collection in the building, which formerly housed Don's Place secondhand house parts and furniture.

It will be called the Marlborough Car and Motorbike Museum.

Mr Brown, who moved to Blenheim from Christchurch two years ago, said a passion for fast and unique cars ran in his family.

"The Brown family have been into racing and collecting cars for years. I used to take my three boys to the races in Ruapuna or Wigram every Saturday and Sunday."

The collection includes rare and valuable cars such as a 1982 DeLorean DMC-12 manufactured by the DeLorean Motor Company in the United States.

The car and its signature brushed stainless steel panels and lift-up doors gained fame after appearing as a time machine in the Back to the Future film trilogy.

Mr Brown said he believed it was the only one in New Zealand.

The motorcycles are mostly Harley-Davidsons.

Mr Brown has repainted the building inside and out and is part-way through sprucing up the interior and bringing out the showroom shine on his prized vehicles in time for opening.

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- The Marlborough Express

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