Teen's replica stars in vintage show

MICHELE ONG
Last updated 05:00 29/07/2014
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I want to ride my ... Louis McNair, 16, from Auckland, with the Villiers Flyer motorbike he designed and built from scratch.

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Louis McNair's replica of a 1915 race motorbike was the centre of attention at The Old Bike Show held over the weekend.

The 16-year-old's vehicle was among the 93 vintage motorbikes on display at the biennial show organised by the New Plymouth Classic Motorcycle Club.

The Auckland teenager was contacted by the club to see if he would like to showcase his replica 1915 Villiers Flyer, which also won the people's choice award at an earlier classic motorcycle show in Auckland.

Louis agreed and his dad drove both son and bike to Taranaki on Friday.

Louis told the Taranaki Daily News that the only way he could afford a 1915 Villiers Flyer was to build one himself. The original would have cost him $100,000, but building it put a dent of just $300 in his wallet.

It took him about two months to construct the replica, which was done as a school holiday project.

"I'm pretty pleased with it," he said.

Access Radio Taranaki host Brendan Cresswell was also at the show, collecting photos and interviews for his Car Crazy segment.

Cresswell said he had taken a photo of himself on a "flash three-wheeler" and was in the process of tracing its owner for a chat.

Motorcycle Club secretary Ivan Turnbull said the club had had to turn down 12 other motorbikes as space was at a premium.

Turnbull said the show - which gives fans the chance to admire vintage motorbikes - was always well received.

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