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ON SUNDAY MAY 6, 2007 TREV DEELEY MOTORCYCLES, CELEBRATED THEIR 90th YEAR BY OPENING THEIR NEW PREMISES AT 1875 BOUNDARY ROAD VANCOUVER, B. C. CANADA

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

(Pic. of exterior of exhibition.)

TREV DEELEY MOTORCYCLE COLLECTION

by
LEE A. WOOD

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.

(Pic. of Interior of Museum - bikes.)

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.

(Pic. of exterior of Museum - people at entrance.)

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.

(Pic. of Interior of Museum - bikes.)

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.

(Italian police motorcycle.)
`75 61 ci.
MOTO GUZZI ITALY
(A large, old motorcycle.)
`22 37 ci.
HARLEY, 1 of 9
TOOK 3 YRS. TO RESTORE

(Two scooters.)
(Left) `70 ARIEL
(Right) `48 NIMBUS
(Sign telling about the motorcycle.)
(Sign telling about the motorcycle.)
(Military motorcycle.)
`40 30.5 ci.
BSA FOR THE ENGLISH ARMY

(Newer style motorcycle.)
`82 61 ci.
HARLEY NOVA PROJECT
WATER COOLED PROTOTYPE
(Classic style motorcycle.)
`61 15 ci.
BMW
(Traditional police style motorcycle.)
`36
HARLEY EL
(Traditional police style motorcycle with covered sidecar.)
`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.

END

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'.

THE WINDOW IS MORE THAN TWICE THE LENGTH DEPICTED HERE
(Panorama of front display windows.)
EVEN WITH A POLARIZING FILTER I CAN'T AVOID THE REFLECTIONS.
(Panorama of front display windows at night.)
MOST IMPRESSIVE AT NIGHT, IT IS LIT BY CHANGING COLOURS

(Exterior of exhibition.)
THE ABOVE WINDOWS, AND THIS ENTRANCE, FACE BOUNDARY ROAD, FROM THE VANCOUVER SIDE
THERE ARE MORE ENTRANCES, AND PARKING, AT THE REAR OF THE BUILDING

(Exterior of exhibition.)
ENTRANCE TO THE NEW SALES AREA
(Exterior of exhibition.)
ENTRANCE TO THE NEW SERVICE AREA

(Pic. of mural on interior wall of show room.)
INSIDE THE SALES AREA

(Statue of a bear, in the show room.)
HARLEY BEAR
ONE OF THE MANY BEARS THAT
ADORNED THE CITY STREETS IN `06
(Mural of Trev on wall in showroom.)
(Bevin sitting behind counter at entrance to exhibition.)
BEVIN JONES - CURATOR
(Blocks of pictures making a larger picture in exhibition.)
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
(Wide border runs around the exhibition.)
(Wide border runs around the exhibition.)
ONE OF THE FEATURES OF THE EXHIBITION
A TIME LINE RUNS AROUND THE ROOM, BELOW THE CEILING

(Huge wheel on ceiling of exhibition.)
ANOTHER FEATURE OF THE EXHIBITION IS A MOTORCYCLE WHEEL
THAT WAS MADE FOR THE JOLLY GREEN GIANT, AND AFFIXED TO THE CEILING

(Pic. of mural on back wall of exhibition.)
THE JOURNEY CONTINUES - HARLEY DAVIDSON MOTORCYCLES

(Old motorcycle.)
1912 MODEL 8
(Sign about the new exhibition.)
(Sign about classic motorcycles.)

(First World War dispatch bike.)
`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
(Bike with sidecar.)
FUTURE PHOTO-OP - GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN,
SITTING; ON, OR IN, A `28 JD (FIRST TO HAVE A FRONT WHEEL BRAKE)
(`83 Nova.)
`83 NOVA PROJECT
THIS PROTOTYPE WAS THE FORERUNNER OF THE `V' ROD
(Old gray Harley with water tank on the handle bars.)
1915 11F
(Back lit signs over bikes.)
A SUPPLEMENT TO THE TIME LINE AROUND THE CEILING
(Back lit signs over bikes.)
THE BACK LIT SIGNS TELL THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD OF MOTORCYCLES
(Dirt bike.)
`26 F HEAD
(Dirt bike sign.)
(Sign about 1920.)
(Sign about deaths of Harley and Davidson.)
(Buell motorcycle.)
`96 BUELL
(Street racing bike.)
`97 VR 1000

(Modern touring bike.)
THE FUTURE SHINES BRIGHT
`03 FLHTCI ELECTRA-GLIDE CLASSIC
(Sign for Electra Glide.)

END

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.

(Sign on wall at entrance.)

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.
YOU MAY NOT BE INTERESTED IN MOTORCYCLES BUT
IF YOU FOLLOW THE EVENTS OF THE MOTORCYCLE
INDUSTRY IN GREAT BRITAIN YOU CAN SEE THE
PARALLEL THAT IS HAPPENING IN THE AUTOMOTIVE
INDUSTRY IN NORTH AMERICA.

IF THE CEOs OF THE AMERICAN AUTOMOTIVE GIANTS
HAD OBSERVED WHAT HAPPENED TO THE
MOTORCYCLE INDUSTRY IN THE UNITED KINGDOM THE
NORTH AMERICAN AUTO INDUSTRY WOULD NOT BE IN
THE PREDICAMENT IT IS IN TODAY.

(Tire track pattern on the floor.)
TIRE TRACKS DIRECT YOU THROUGH THE DISPLAY

(DAH Hill Climber - First dirt bike.)
1930 DAH HILL CLIMBER
(Close up of back wheel with chains on.)
(Terry Rea - Historian.)
TERRY REA - HISTORIAN
(Sign on wall - History of Trev Deeley.)
(1954 AJS - A7R.)
1954 AJS - A7R
(1949 Vincent.)
1949 VINCENT Series B Rapide
The World's Fastest Standard Motorcycle
capable of sustained speeds of 110 miles per hour.
(Introductory sign about the history of bikes.)
(Close-up of sign.)
(Sign about Bicycle.)
(Pedal Bicycle.)
1908 RUDGE-WHITWORTH MAN'S BICYCLE
(Douglas motorcycle.)
1920 DOUGLAS - 2 3/4 HP.
(Sign about the 1920s.)

(Advertising poster of man on a triumph bike.)
(Sign about the 1930s.)
(Picture of Winston Churchill behind a BSA.)
1948 VELOCETTE - MAC / 1940 TRIUMPH 5T
(Close up of sign on wall.)
(BSA - DGM 360.)

1948 VELOCETTE - MAC
(Sunbeam.)
1952 SUNBEAM S7 DELUXE

(Large display - Bike in front of sign and poster depicting ship unloading crates.)

(Close-up of sign.)
(Close-up of Bike .)
1953 BSA A10 GOLDEN FLASH

(Bike.)
1973 TRIUMPH X75 HURRICANE
(Sign about Triumph bikes.)
(Honda Bike.)
1973 HONDA CB750 K2
(Sign behind bike.)

(Panoramic display of bikes.)

(Close-up of sign behind panorama.)
(Close-up of sign behind panorama.)

(Close-up of sign behind panorama.)
(Close-up of sign behind panorama.)
(Close-up of sign behind panorama.)
(Panoramic display of bikes.)
1975 NORTON COMMANDO S - 1956 MATCHLESS G8OCS - 1966 HONDA CB450 SUPERSPORT 450
(Vespa Scooter.)
1964 VESPA 150 SCOOTER
(Ariel scooter.)
1956 ARIEL HUNTMASTER SCOOTER
(Sign behind bike.)
(Sign behind bike.)
(Sign behind bike.)
1982 HESKETH V1000
(Douglas motorcycle.)
1992 NORTON COMMANDER DREAM MACHINE

(Large display, bikes on a carrousel beneath a huge front rim.)

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)

END

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