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who passed away in July aged 86, could be de­scribed in many ways; Re­nais­sance man, eclec­tic col­lec­tor, men­tor and fam­ily man but a common theme run­ning through all as­pects of Chris’s life was motorcycle enthusiast”. Chris was one of the ear­li­est mem­bers of the Vin­tage and Veteran Motorcycle Club of South Aus­tralia, hav­ing joined in 1959. He was an ac­tive mem­ber right up to the time of his pass­ing and spent many hours help­ing other mem­bers come to grips with veteran and vin­tage motorcycle restora­tion. His ad­vice and anec­dotes were al­ways good na­tured and full of hu­mour. Chris was a per­fec­tion­ist and taught him­self all man­ner of skills in or­der to com­plete his own restora­tions, from spray paint­ing and ma­chin­ing to car­ry­ing out his own nickel plat­ing. He had a pas­sion for any­thing of en­gi­neer­ing ex­cel­lence, or nov­elty, and mo­tor­cy­cles owned by Chris over the years in­cluded bikes such as an NSU with fore­car, Nim­bus and the Kele­com. His favourite bikes were the Brough Su­pe­ri­ors and, cou­pled with a side­car, th­ese were the fam­ily trans­port for many years as well as be­ing his club run bikes. The club has lost one of its long­est ac­tive mem­bers but Chris will be re­mem­bered fondly by all who knew him.

ABOVE Chris Har­ley on his Nim­bus in an early V&VMCCSA event. TOP LEFT Chris in his work­shop with faith­ful com­pan­ion Lucky.

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