Dee­ley Mu­seum

Van­cou­ver

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2017 marked the cen­te­nary of Canada’s old­est Har­ley-David­son dealer, which be­gan in 1917 when Fred Dee­ley opened his first shop in Van­cou­ver.

Fred’s son, Fred Jnr, took over the run­ning in 1925, and his son, Trev, be­came the dom­i­nant fig­ure in Flat Track rac­ing through­out the 1940s and 1950s, rid­ing as a fac­tory-spon­sored H-D team­ster. Even af­ter his own re­tire­ment from rac­ing, Trev spon­sored cham­pi­ons like Yvon Duhamel, Steve Baker and Don Vesco. In 1953 Trev be­came Gen­eral Man­ager of the fam­ily busi­ness, and four years later added Honda to the sta­ble – the first Honda dis­trib­u­tor in the English-speak­ing world. By 1985 Trev was on the H-D board, and his com­pany was the ex­clu­sive Cana­dian dis­trib­u­tor for the iconic brand. He re­mained on the H-D board un­til 1993, and the same year opened the Trev Dee­ley Mu­seum which has grown into a truly word class col­lec­tion. Trev passed away in 2002, but the com­pany founded by his grand­fa­ther con­tin­ues in Van­cou­ver, lo­cated since 2006 on the main thor­ough­fare of Bound­ary Road. The mu­seum is now part of the main re­tail busi­ness. The Dee­ley Mo­tor­cy­cle Ex­hi­bi­tion changes its for­mat on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, and cur­rently show­cases 100 Years of Mo­tor­cy­cling. A store­front win­dow dis­play of iconic mod­els greets you as you en­ter the spa­cious park­ing area of the deal­er­ship, with Trev Dee­ley’s WR 750 on which he fin­ished 10th in the 1950 Day­tona 200 as the cen­tre­piece. In­side is a brightly lit and colour­ful trip through time, and al­though Har­leyDavid­son dom­i­nates, there is a wealth of other makes rep­re­sented, from a replica of the 1885 Reit­wa­gen with its tim­ber chas­sis, through the best of Bri­tish era, the com­ing of the Ja­panese, and nu­mer­ous Euro­pean mod­els. The 100 Years of Mo­tor­cy­cling Ex­hi­bi­tion is sched­uled to run through 2019 and is a must-see if you find your­self any­where near Van­cou­ver, Bri­tish Columbia.

Stand­out per­form­ers

Nat­u­rally the bulk of the dis­play is de­voted to Har­ley-David­son, but there is also a large col­lec­tion of sig­nif­i­cant mo­tor­cy­cles from other man­u­fac­tur­ers, Amer­i­can, Bri­tish, Euro­pean and Ja­panese.

Pho­tos Jim Scaysbrook

TOP Wel­come to the show. TOP RIGHT The spa­cious show­room of Canada’s old­est H-D dealer. ABOVE 1938 Po­lice Har­ley and side­car wel­comes vis­i­tors to the Ex­hi­bi­tion. The owner of this Elec­tra Glide was 6 foot 8 inches tall, hence the over­sized seat and ex­tra tall wind­shield.

The mile­stone CB750. This is a 1973 K3, a model that did not come to Aus­trala­sia. Repli­cas of the chop­pers rid­den in the movie Easy Rider by Den­nis Hop­per and Peter Fonda. LEFT The leg­endary Se­ries C Vin­cent Black Shadow – when re­leased, the world’s fastest stan­dard mo­tor­cy­cle. ABOVE Bri­tish brawn. Brough Su­pe­rior SS680 of 1929 with V-twin JAP en­gine. BE­LOW LEFT The sem­i­nal Honda Gold Wing of 1976; the model con­tin­ues to­day. Last of the line. The 1953 Chief was the fi­nal ver­sion of the iconic model.

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