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Inside the Jurien Bay home stacked with 80 vintage motorcycles

Some people take up golf or lawn bowls in their retirement.

Others hitch up the caravan and go travelling.

But retired cray fisherman Ian Boyd is collecting vintage English motorbikes.

He now has the world’s largest collection of the highly desirable Vincent motorcycles, proudly displayed in a custom-built showroom at his Jurien Bay home.

“They’ve been in bedrooms, passageways, lounge rooms, back porches, so I had to build a bigger room to put them in,” he said.

Mr Boyd’s custom-built showroom is a motorcycle lovers’ dream.(ABC Midwest & Wheatbelt: Sam McManus)

Mr Boyd’s collection includes 80 vintage motorcycles, an E-type Jaguar sports car, and an orange ‘Amanda Water Scooter’ — a precursor to the modern jet ski.

But his main passion is Vincent motorcycles.

“In 1988 I was crazy fishing and pouring all my money back into boats. So I decided I’d get something I like, which is motorbikes,” he said.

“It’s a passion and a hobby, and halfway into doing it I realized that lots of people love to come and look at old bikes.”

The British company manufactured bikes between 1928 and 1955 before production was discontinued due to financial issues.

Mr Boyd credits former Vincent apprentice David Bowen with keeping his dream alive in the early days when he used his expertise to restore several machines that were the first in the collection.

Motorcycle madness

Carolyn Jamieson with the record breaking Vincent
The 1951 Vincent Black Lightning was purchased by Tasmanian businessman Peter Bender for $1.2m at auction in 2018.(ABC Northern Tasmania: Rick Eaves)

A since-broken world record was set in 2018 for the most expensive bike sold at auction when a Vincent Black Lightning went for more than $1.2 million (US$922,000) in Las Vegas.

Mr. Boyd has two of them in his showroom.

“[They’re] very, very rare. They’re a factory works race bike. They built about 24 of them and there’s only 19 left in the world.”

“The price is really only what people are prepared to pay.”

The bike is famous for once holding the motorcycle speed record of 240kph set by American Rollie Free in Utah in 1948.

Not for sale

Ian Boyd Motorbikes
Mr Boyd has no intention of parting with his prized collection.(ABC Midwest & Wheatbelt: Sam McManus)

While Mr. Boyd is well aware that he’s sitting on a motorcycle goldmine, he has no intention of profiting from his passion.

The retiree offers tours by appointment and is rarely forced to fend off potential buyers.

He plans to keep the collection in the family and believes his love for collecting is genetic.

“I’ve got a problem: Half the family has the same bug. They have to collect and they can’t give anything away,” he said.

“My daughter in Geraldton has about eight cars; my son is a car collector as well.

“It’s just a love of everything.”

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