Tour sheds light on blokes' collections

BOY'S TOYS: Shed owner Ross Ryan shows a bunch of blokes some of his toys during the Blokes and Sheds annual myster tour of Invercargill yesterday.
BOY'S TOYS: Shed owner Ross Ryan shows a bunch of blokes some of his toys during the Blokes and Sheds annual myster tour of Invercargill yesterday.

The sheds have a bit of character, no doubt, but it's often what's in them that really gets the blokes excited.

And yesterday, about 120 blokes discovered American cars, hot rods, steam and vintage tractors, motorbikes, remote-controlled model aeroplanes, and more, inside five Invercargill sheds during the city's annual blokes and sheds mystery tour.

Tour organiser Ken Bowie said the tour, a fundraiser for Southland Boys' High School, had been going for 13 years, and each year new sheds were visited.

That was testament to how many interesting sheds there were in the city, he said.

"We have visited about 65 different sheds around the city area over the years, and there's still enough on the books for next year."

The tour allowed the public, which consisted of a "hard-core bunch" who returned most years, to find out what was happening inside character-filled sheds.

They visited home sheds and industrial sheds, and everyone was welcome, including women, Mr Bowie said.

"We are quite happy to have them, but we don't get many." evan.harding@stl.co.nz

Southland