Never too young to like a motorbike

Last updated 13:00 06/01/2014
Shane Harwood

IN THE BLOOD: Hannah Galvin and her mother Lee admire a Triumph at the Nelson Classic and Vintage Motorcycle Club show.

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Lee Galvin did not have to go far to take a trip down memory lane.

The former Londoner found treasured remnants of her childhood on display at the Stoke Memorial Hall on Saturday for the Nelson Classic and Vintage Motorcycle Club's annual show, now in its 32nd year.

Ms Galvin's 2 year-old daughter Hannah was clearly showing the signs of having inherited her mother's love of motorbikes.

"The first noise she made as a baby was a motorbike noise."

Ms Galvin moved to Nelson from the United Kingdom in 2004. She has worked in IT since 1989, and has also spent time as a custom-car painter.

Her interest in motorbikes stems from her dad, Peter Angell who grew up in working class London surrounded by Triumphs and Nortons.

"He had a Triumph Bonneville on which he travelled around Scotland in his teens."

Ms Galvin said photos of her at the same age as Hannah is now show her wearing overalls and holding a spanner while helping her dad.

"I was always interested in engineering. I've restored many 1960s bikes and cars but I ride a Honda Shadow 750.

"I guess you could say it's in the blood."

Ms Galvin came to New Zealand on her big OE, attracted by friends who lived here, and "fell in love with the place".

It was her first visit on Saturday to the bike show, and thought it was "lovely".

"It's good to have a nice mix of beautifully restored and original bikes."

She was not unlike most others who loved motorbikes, and who said the attraction was in the sense of freedom they gave.

"You feel completely at one with the environment. In a car, you're in a fishbowl."

Ms Galvin said it was also the one time her wheelchair-bound partner could escape perceptions.

"On a bike, no one knows."

Bike show treasurer Maxine Carrington said each year the show raised about $3000, which went towards restoration projects.

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