Archives & Research

I’ve been fortunate to have received several donations of photographs and memorabilia from people over the past few years.

However I am still keen to receive more, or to visit and scan photographs to add to my digital archive. If you have any stuff relating to motorscooters in New Zealand from the 1950’s to the present day, and would like to either pass them on, have them scanned or photographed for use in my research and archives, please get in touch with me. ( It’s important to get the context relating to any photographs – so I will want to talk to you to get dates, name of photographer, details about the subjects and content.

I prefer to view and scan/photograph stuff myself where possible – it is important to get as high quality scans as possible if they are to be of real use, so please get in touch with me first to discuss.

At present I use these archives on Facebook, this website, and ultimately some will be used in a book.

I am also still looking to talk to people with first hand knowledge of particular subjects, some of which are listed below:

  • Scooter House – 505 Karangahape Rd, Auckland (1970-1980’s)
  • Airco – factory at either Crowhurst St, Newmarket, or later in Takapuna
  • Lambretta Service Centre – Auckland
  • Olympic Motors – Petone, Lower Hutt
  • Benny’s Motor Shop – Walter St, Wellington
  • If you, or someone you know, worked or had direct involvement with any of these subject areas please get in touch as soon as possible.

    Jess Corbett