Trophies stolen from National Motorcycle Museum

Gareth Harris, 02.09.2014
£20,000 reward offered for information leading to recovery of the items
The National Motorcycle Museum has been targeted by thieves who stole a collection of motorcycle trophies from the Solihull-based institution last week.

“The general feeling is that [the thieves] probably thought they were taking a lot of solid silver, but most of the trophies are made of nickel, so their scrap value is very low,” said James Hewing, who became the museum’s director earlier this year. “The trophies do have a significant value as trophies.”

He added that almost all the trophies in the museum’s inventory were taken including the Tourist Trophy replicas, and the World Championship and Geoff Duke trophies.

A £20,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the recovery of the items.

The museum, which has reopened following the incident, was founded in 1984 by the late businessman Roy Richards.

Its website says that in the past 30 years “the museum has grown from a private collection of 200 motorbikes into the largest motorcycle museum in the world, with a collection of 950 machines and over 250,000 visitors each year”.


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Jack Kirby
MA Member
Head of Collections, MOSI
03.09.2014, 13:14
All heritage crime is deplorable. In the MJ's reporting of this story, I think it is however important to mention that the museum is neither an Accredited museum nor a registered charity. It does not meet the MA's definition of a museum, which states that museums hold collections in trust for society.