Man's best shed: motocross heaven
Man's best shed
A self-confessed bike nut, my father-in-law, Steve Gallichan, has a shed that is truly one of a kind.
His shed is surely like no other, but a vintage motocross (VMX) rider's heaven.
It houses a private collection, possibly the largest in New Zealand, with more than 80 vintage motocross bikes ranging from Honda through to Yamaha with his favourite being the Maico. All are immaculately housed in his own built-in private collection museum.
As you enter you're greeted with a shed full of all sorts of interesting gear, including old war and bike memorabilia, bikes and bike parts galore.
Flags, posters and heaps of other items he's collected over his years hang proudly on the walls.
The shed, at a whopping size of 4480 square feet (420 square metres), has a washroom with shower and toilet, an office and a storage mezzanine floor above.
To move things around he even has his own forklift to make large heavy work easy.
With the most bench and storage space any man could ever want, he has equipped it with a hoist for cars and a vast array of tools and machinery to help him fix, restore and build bikes.
For a dirt-bike shed it's the cleanest I have ever seen.
Off to the side is his private collection and inside is a lounge area completewith projector screen and full surround entertainment unit.
As you walk through to the pristinely kept bikes that are all in running order, more books, trophies and riding gear line the glass shelving and walls of his museum.
After all the years of keeping, collecting and restoring Steve often opens his shed to people who share the same or similar passion as he does for these awesome bikes and their history.
When you see the shed as often as I do, it always amazes me and makes me proud. If you ever get the chance it is definitely something to see and admire with your own eyes.
Steve is a top Kiwi bloke and family man doing what he loves while preserving a small piece of history for now and the future generations to follow.