Bronze art for Burt Munro's gold-winners

LABOUR OF LOVE: Artist Roddy McMillan with the bronze trophies he has painstakingly created for this year's Burt Munro Challenge.
LABOUR OF LOVE: Artist Roddy McMillan with the bronze trophies he has painstakingly created for this year's Burt Munro Challenge.

Roddy McMillan has a shed most men can only dream about.

His Otatara shed, which doubles as his working space, is filled with gadgets and gizmos, tools and timber.

But at the moment the prized possessions are the dozens of trophies he has painstakingly made in preparation for the Burt Munro Challenge.The bronzed creations are exact replicas of motorcycle parts including pistons, conrods and cylinder heads.

The process behind creating the trophies was time consuming and tricky, and involved much breath-holding, finger crossing, and "hoping like hell", he said.

Creating the lot had taken about six weeks of hard but enjoyable work, he said.

The trophies had been bought by the Southland Motorcycle Club and would be handed out during the challenge weekend later this month.

A motorcycle enthusiast, Mr McMillan has been working with bronze for 18 months, having turned his hand from wood carving.

His shed, itself a partial shrine to late Invercargill bike racing hero Burt Munro, holds dozens of his wooden creations, but he hopes to create many more bronze items as he perfects the art.

The challenge weekend starts on November 28 with beach racing, continues on the Saturday with sprint racing at Teretonga and speedway at Oreti Park and finishes on the Sunday with the Wyndham Street Racing.

More than 200 bikes were expected to take part in the beach racing, and more than 230 bikes at Teretonga and the Wyndham street race.

 

Southland