Harley-Davidson legendTrevor Deeley
I've just finished DEELEY - Motorcycle Millionaire by Frank Hilliard isbn 1-551430258
Growing up in Vancouver I often heard the Deeley name associated with racing, both sports cars and motorcycles. The local circuit, Westwood, hosted motorcycle racing, including side-car types, during the sports racing car programs. On some weekends the motorcycles dominated with an occasional sports car race tagged on the end of the racing program. Trevor was a very competitive driver and business man. In fact, Harley-Davidson later depended on him to get its company back on its feet after suffering from very poor sales.
Trevor was one of those who became a legend after cultivating friendships with all types of motorcycle enthusiasts. I can remember when I visited the Deeley Motorcycle Museum for the special memorial just after Trevor's funeral. I stood watching the thousand or so motorcycles roar in from all directions and was awed by the mixture of police and Hell's Angels standing side by side in tribute of this much respected man.
Behind all of his life was the terrible relationship with his father indicating the struggle he had in getting his dad's approval and a recognition that all son's strive for. There is quite a bit of Shakespearean tragedy in his life story that may have turned any other man into an empty shell casing.
Here is some information from the author:
"Romance, motorcycle racing, the rise of biker gangs, lavish yacht parties and the renaissance of Harley-Davidson -- all figure prominently in the life of Trev Deeley and in DEELEY, Motorcycle Millionaire they roar off the pages like a Harley 61 Knucklehead.
If it has to do with motorcycles, Trev Deeley has done it all!
- A successful dirt track racer throughout the Pacific Northwest, he competed three times in the prestigious and dangerous Daytona 200 in Daytona Beach, Florida.
- He bucked the odds and the advice of many around him by importing the first Japanese motorcycles to Canada. He was the first Honda distributor in the English speaking world and the first Yamaha distributor in Canada.
- He was one of the first outside members of Harley Davidson board of directors and remains the Harley-Davidson distributor for Canada.
But it hasn't been easy. Deeley's success came in spite of a neglected childhood, a precarious relationship with his tyrannical father, and a good deal of personal tragedy. From dare-devil racer to millionaire businessman, Trev Deeley is a unique Canadian success story!"
This book, in my estimate, elbows itself to the top of the pile of motor sport books in my growing collection.
BTW, here's is the Deeley Museum URL http://www.trevdeele...collection.html