Bay of Plenty
Saturday, 11 January 2014 02:36

Classic Triumph project a memorial and tribute

Mark Kimber is building a 1974 Triumph Trident in memory of his daughter, Jesse Gibb-Kimber, who passed away last year after a long battle with a heart condition. Mark Kimber is building a 1974 Triumph Trident in memory of his daughter, Jesse Gibb-Kimber, who passed away last year after a long battle with a heart condition.

A Tauranga man is rebuilding a 1974 Triumph T1 50V Trident in memory of his daughter, who passed away last year after a long battle with a heart condition.

Mark Kimber has spent the past six weeks searching for parts to put the 750cc motorbike together and on March 1 the collector's item will be auctioned off to raise awareness and money for Heart Children Bay of Plenty.

Mr Kimber's daughter, Jesse Gibb-Kimber, died last October at age 21.

She endured a lifetime battle with a congenital heart defect and Mr Kimber said he wanted to do something for the organisation that helped his daughter so much.

He did not know much about Triumphs but was up for the challenge, he said.

"I know my way around an old Harley but not these bikes. I'm trying to track down the genuine articles and not the after-market stuff."

He is hoping to raise as much money as possible and friends have estimated the bike will fetch between $16,000 and $18,000.

Jesse's brother, Luke Gibb-Kimber, said the money was going to a good cause and it was putting his father to a good test, "As Jesse would want".

The bike would be auctioned off at Brewers Bar. Ilitary Grind Team, Trethra and Piston Broke will be playing in the evening.

A $10 donation will be asked to cover charges.

 

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