Ivan Mauger Collection

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Six times World Individual Speedway Champion and the only man to win three consecutive individual world titles, Christchurch-born Ivan Mauger is recognised as the world’s greatest speedway rider. 

2016.114.1 Motorcycle Triple Crown Special

Ivan Mauger's Triple Crown Special 2016.114.1

The Ivan Mauger Collection had been on loan to the Museum since 2007, the same year that Christchurch granted Ivan Mauger the Freedom of the City. As well as Mauger’s gold-plated bike, the collection includes the bike he rode when he broke the world long track speed record in 1986 and the first Jawa 4-valve bike ever produced, on which he won the 1976 World Long Track Championship. It also includes trophies, vests, leathers and a variety of other objects.

In 2016 the Museum agreed with the Mauger family that it would acquire the collection of motorbikes and memorabilia as a lasting tribute to Mauger's achievements and to ensure that it remained in the public domain, accessible to future generations. The purchase is the Museum's largest-ever acquisition and the first funded by the Adson Trust. The Trust, administered by the Public Trust, was set up in 2010 with a $10 million posthumous donation from Arthur Henry Harrison, the largest gift received by the Museum in its 146-year history. Mr Harrison, a retired company secretary from Blenheim, specified that the money was to be used for additions to the Museum’s collections.

Purchased with support from the Adson Trust.