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New College aids fire damaged museum
Dave White with the fire-damaged motorbike
Dave White with the fire-damaged motorbike
North East Worcestershire College will help the National Motorcycle Museum by restoring a priceless motorbike damaged in the devastating fire in September.

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The National Motorcycle Museum experienced a severe fire on the afternoon of 16th September

The buildings were successfully evacuated using established safety procedures and there were no casualties

Over 250 of the exhibits in the Museum were saved

Sadly, three of the Museums five exhibit halls were destroyed along with their exhibits, probably totalling around 500 machines

The Museum’s largest suite, The Imperial, which can host 850 delegates is undergoing refurbishment after smoke and water damage

The Museum has received countless messages of support and offers of assistance

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North East Worcestershire College has come to the aid of the National Motorcycle Museum.

The college is offering to restore one of the priceless collection of machines damaged during a blaze at the Solihull based Museum last September.

Having experienced a similarly devastating fire themselves four years ago, staff and students were quick to offer their assistance.

They have already started work to restore one of the damaged exhibits.

The Triumph XR75 Hurricane - an early 1970s bike - was one of only 1200 ever made.

It is hoped that it will be handed back to the Museum restored to its original factory condition in summer 2004.

Motorcycle Maintenance tutor Dave White said: "It was heartbreaking to see the devastation at the Museum and here at the College we are determined to make some contribution to the restoration of this national treasure."

It is hoped that the College will be able to display the restored machine prior to its return to Solihull and that following a successful restoration that another project can be undertaken.

Dave White added: "Britain's motorcycle industry was based in this area and this is a unique opportunity for today's students to get a practical history lesson."

Many irreplaceable machines were damaged in the fire, but, where possible, they will be restored once again to their original showroom condition.

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