The A.R.E Motorcycle Museum, Kirk Michael, Isle of Man
Actually located on the TT Course the A.R.E Motorcycle Museum is a must for all bikers (indeed everyone) to visit. The Old Vicarage and grounds are stunning, the building is believed to be over 250 years old.
The collection of motorcycles must now number well over 100 and it is set out within purpose built sheds and a small purpose built showroom attached to the main house. It really is breath taking to see such a variety of so many pristine machines in one private collection; all of the machines are kept in excellent running condition and there are usually new additions undergoing restoration as well.
Being regular visitors to the Isle of Man for many years beforehand, the Old Vicarage became home to Tony and Pat East when they retired there in 2002. The house provided the perfect location on the TT course with space to build the museum alongside, and within the grounds they have plenty of room for hosting events and accommodating the many bikers and their motorcycles that regularly visit.
Both Tony and Pat had an active interest in motorcycles, parts and restorations for many years before retiring and were well known at all the major bike shows, Pat selling speedos, rev counters, oil pressure gauges and Lucas parts, whilst Tony was dealing in motorcycle hydraulic lifts.
Tony has been an active member of the VMCC for many years and is one of the main driving forces in the Islands VMCC Section and their activities, regularly organising and bringing representation and displays of the IOM Section over to the mainland, they can always be seen at the Stafford Bike shows.
To add to all of this, they are a lovely and hospitable couple that it has been our pleasure to know for several years.
John and I are regular visitors and would highly recommend that you visit the A.R.E motorcycle museum.
The museum is open from Easter to the end of September on Sundays 2pm-5pm. For TT & Manx GP periods they are open from 10.30am to 5pm (except on race days). Entrance is Free, but donations are always welcome.
Michael W George (& John Abram)