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Charles Richard Collier

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Charles Richard Collier (1885-1954), motorcycle pioneer, of Matchless

1885[1] Born Plumstead, son of Henry Collier and his wife Louisa[2]

1899 With his brother Harry, built the first Matchless motorcycle[3]

1906 October 10th. Sets new motorcycle records at Canning Town track.[4]

1907. Set motorcycle record of 51 miles 540 yards in one hour beating the previous record set by H. V. Colver.[5]

1907 First place in the Isle of Man TT race (single cylinder class) on a Matchless

1908 Second place in the Isle of Man TT Race (single-cylinder class) on a Matchless

1910 First place in the Isle of Man TT race (open-class) on a Matchless

1928 Joint managing director of Matchless Motor Cycles (Colliers) Ltd on incorporation as a public company[6]

1954 Died in Woolwich[7]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. BMD
  2. 1901 census
  3. The Times, Nov 19, 1928
  4. The Times (London, England), Thursday, October 11, 1906
  5. The Times, Monday, Jul 15, 1907
  6. The Times, Nov 19, 1928
  7. BMD