The first part of this page is the story I published five years earlier. Many of these machines are on display in the new location, while some have been put into storage.
The new exhibition does not have as much space as the old location but it better displays the bikes and their history.
I will tell you more about this near the middle of this page. See DEELEY MOTORCYCLE EXHIBITION
To understand the Trev Deeley Motorcycle Collection you need to understand Trev Deeley, but you don't have to understand a collection to enjoy it.
Note: Mr. Trev Deeley passed away March 28, 2002. He had just turned 82.
Some of you may know of the collection under the name `Museum' but to be politically correct the name has been changed to `Collection'.
The `collection' or the collecting of motorcycles began with Fred Deeley when he was sixteen years old. (Fred went by the name of Trev to avoid confusion. His father and Grandfather were both named Fred and were also in the motorcycle game.)
Trev followed in his father's footsteps, selling motorcycles. He later got into racing for Harley Davidson and during his fifteen years on the track accumulated, as well as many awards, several motorcycles which became the foundation of his collection that contains some fifty-four brands and over 250 motorcycles.
As the collection grew it moved from location to location and finally became open to the public in `77. In `93, after having moved a couple more times, it found a permanent home in Richmond at 13500 Verdun Place
The present collection no longer has a full time technician. Fred Pazaski and his nephew Leo Ruswick work from their home on any projects that need to be worked on.
The collection is open to the public, no charge, from 10 AM - 4 PM, Monday to Friday.
If you would like more information or if you have an old motorcycle that you would like to donate or just put on display, stop by or call (604) 273-5421.
The collection, some of which are on loan from private owners, such as the `63 Desert Triumph that was ridden by Steve McQueen, on loan from Del West, includes motorcycles from companies, such as BSA and Triumph, who are no longer in business. There are: street; mountain; police; and racing motorcycles which include: motocross; road; hill climbing; trials; short, and dirt, track.
Even if you are not into motors, and there are several on display, or motorcycles, a tour through the collection is a pleasant and memorable experience.
`75 61 ci.
MOTO GUZZI ITALY
`22 37 ci.
HARLEY, 1 of 9
TOOK 3 YRS. TO RESTORE
(Left) `70 ARIEL
(Right) `48 NIMBUS
`40 30.5 ci.
BSA FOR THE ENGLISH ARMY
`82 61 ci.
HARLEY NOVA PROJECT
WATER COOLED PROTOTYPE
`61 15 ci.
`35 SIDECAR TAXI
1 OF ONLY 2 MADE
MNFG. BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON, USA.
The history of Trev Deeley can be found in the book, `Deeley, Motorcycle Millionaire'.
It is available for $15.00 (plus postage) by phoning (604) 273-5421.
2007 DEELEY MOTORCYCLE EXHIBITION
While some of the above pictured bikes have been moved to storage, some of them, such as; the Nova, the EL, and the Taxi have been moved to the new edifice.
Here the displays are going to be set to themes which will be changed yearly. Eventually all the vehicles, including those now in storage, will get their time of glory, on stage.
The first theme, in this 90th year, is called `CLASSIC'.
The second theme, in the year 2009, is called `END OF EMPIRE'.
ENTRANCE TO THE NEW SALES AREA
ENTRANCE TO THE NEW SERVICE AREA
ONE OF THE MANY BEARS THAT
ADORNED THE CITY STREETS IN `06
BEVIN JONES - CURATOR
THE BACK LIT MURAL IS A TOWN IN ??
FOR THE GRAND OPENING THIS, 1917, MOTORCYCLE,
ON LOAN FROM A MAN IN NANAIMO, WAS DRIVEN,
IT FIRED UP ON THE FIRST KICK,
AROUND THE NEW BUILDING BY DON JAMES, CEO DEELEY - HD
ONE OF THE FEATURES OF THE EXHIBITION
A TIME LINE RUNS AROUND THE ROOM, BELOW THE CEILING
THE JOURNEY CONTINUES - HARLEY DAVIDSON MOTORCYCLES
1912 MODEL 8
`40 10 F 30.5 ci.
THIS BIKE HAS NEVER BEEN RESTORED
OTHER THAN NEW TIRES IT IS IN MINT CONDITION
CAN YOU IMAGINE PUSHING THIS THROUGH THE MUD
OF FLANDERS WHILE BULLETS WHISTLE AROUND YOUR HEAD
FUTURE PHOTO-OP - GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN,
SITTING; ON, OR IN, A `28 JD (FIRST TO HAVE A FRONT WHEEL BRAKE)
`83 NOVA PROJECT
THIS PROTOTYPE WAS THE FORERUNNER OF THE `V' ROD
A SUPPLEMENT TO THE TIME LINE AROUND THE CEILING
THE BACK LIT SIGNS TELL THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD OF MOTORCYCLES
`26 F HEAD
`97 VR 1000
THE FUTURE SHINES BRIGHT
`03 FLHTCI ELECTRA-GLIDE CLASSIC
2009 DEELEY MOTORCYCLE EXHIBITION
While most of the bikes from the previous display have been moved to storage, the EL, is in the new display.
Also, ten of the Harleys, which received the most admiration by visitors during the last theme, have been sequestered around the entrance to the collection.
The displays are going to be set to themes which will be changed yearly. Eventually all the vehicles, including those now in storage, will get their time of glory, on stage.
The second theme, in this 91st year, is called `END OF EMPIRE'.
It is about the rise and fall of the motorcycle industry in England.
FOLLOW THE ARROW INTO THE DISPLAY
THEN FOLLOW THE LIGHTED TIRE TREADS
ON THE FLOOR - THEY WILL GUIDE YOU THROUGH
THE DISPLAY IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER.
1930 DAH HILL CLIMBER
TERRY REA - HISTORIAN
1954 AJS - A7R
1949 VINCENT Series B Rapide
The World's Fastest Standard Motorcycle
capable of sustained speeds of 110 miles per hour.
1908 RUDGE-WHITWORTH MAN'S BICYCLE
1920 DOUGLAS - 2 3/4 HP.
1948 VELOCETTE - MAC / 1940 TRIUMPH 5T
1948 VELOCETTE - MAC
1952 SUNBEAM S7 DELUXE
1953 BSA A10 GOLDEN FLASH
1973 TRIUMPH X75 HURRICANE
1973 HONDA CB750 K2
1975 NORTON COMMANDO S - 1956 MATCHLESS G8OCS - 1966 HONDA CB450 SUPERSPORT 450
1964 VESPA 150 SCOOTER
1956 ARIEL HUNTMASTER SCOOTER
1982 HESKETH V1000
1992 NORTON COMMANDER DREAM MACHINE
IF YOU ENJOYED THESE PICTURES
YOU WILL ENJOY THE REAL EXHIBITS EVEN MORE.
The Deeley Motorcycle Exhibition is located at 1875 Boundary Road in Vancouver
between E2nd and E4th Ave, off Hwy. 1 (1st Avenue Exit, Exit 27)
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