Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Social: Burt Munro Motorcycle Cafe opens in Exeter

New: Burt Munro Motorcycle Cafe opens in Tasmania

The introduction of Pre-WWII Vintage motor-bikes proved a big hit at our March 2016 Show in Cronulla. Now motor-cycle & motoring enthusiasts visiting the island state of Tasmania have a new venue they have to put on their 'must see' & 'must do' lists.

Tibor's brother Roman Mucha of Burt Munro's Cafe 
with a 1941 Indian Scout. Photo: Toli Papadopoulos
Ever since he was 16, Tibor Mucha had been motorcycle enthusiast. Tibor had always envisioned a dream to open up his very own motorcycle themed cafe.

In 2016, that childhood dream has become a reality and the brand new Burt Munro's Cafe is up and running in Exeter, in the beautiful Tamar River Valley, Tasmania. 

Exeter is just located just 24Ks north of Tasmania's second biggest city, Launceston.

For this Tasmanian, now at the age of 59, an ardent collector has given up a life of labour to showcase his impressive motorcycle collection and relics to the world. 

The Cafe is named after famous New Zealand motorcycle speedster Burt Munro, who's life story, efforts and success are the basis for the 2005 film 'World's Fastest Indian'.

Roof logo and sign. Photo: Nostalgic Tours
MORE: Who was Burt Munro?

Mr Mucha has opened up Burt Munro's Cafe in the midst of the town of Exeter. 

He has displayed eight of his collections, spanning from 1934 to modern era, with at least 30 more machines still to arrive. 

“Since I was 16, I’ve collected, and then I journeyed to America to source out and buy bikes, and I still go to England and buy bikes and bring them back,” he said.

He said the public had been inspired by the nostalgic and authentic displays.

Mr Mucha said he’d restored some motorcycles out of used parts, achieved with specialist purchases made online and from attending countless swap meets. 

Burt Munro's Cafe interior. Photo: Nostalgic Tours
His brother, Roman Mucha said the coffee shop has only been open for three weeks and is already proving to be a hit with both locals and visitors alike. 

The township of Exeter only has a resident population of around 400, but has a great number of tourists and travelers passing along the West Tamar Highway.

“We’ve got the '50s music playing here, and with the coffee and the pedigree bike displays, it’s something very different.” 

MORE: Exeter - Discover Tasmania
MORE: Our 2017 Cronulla Show dates announced

Thanks to Toli Papadopoulos of the Launceston Examiner for the story and photo of Roman.
Thanks to Nostalgic Tours Tasmania for the other photos.

Perfect road-side stop... 
scones with a cuppa at 
Burt Munro's Cafe
Photo: Nostalgic Tours