|Died||1963 (aged 79–80)|
Charles Richard Collier (1885 – 1954) of Plumstead, London, was a British motorcycle racer famous for winning Isle of Man TT races twice in his career. After racing in continental Europe in the 1906 International Cup Races, Charlie Collier became the winner of the first Isle of Man TT Race in 1907.
After setting a number of world motor-cycle records on Matchless motor-cycles, Charlie Collier won another Isle of Man TT Race in 1910 and later became the first competitor to be disqualified from an Isle of Man TT Race for illegal refuelling. Later, Charlie Collier became a joint managing director of AJS and Matchless motor-cycles and died in 1954.
First race was in 1902 at the 3½ mile Canning Town cycling track riding a Matchless motor-cycle with an MMC engine. After leading until the last lap, a burst tyre caused a crash and Charlie Collier suffered friction abrasions. In 1905, along with his brother Harry Collier participated in the eliminating trial for the International Motor-cycle Cup held in the Isle of Man. Held on a 25 mile section of the Gordon Bennett Trial course the event was won by J.S.Campbell. Although, Harry Collier managed to qualify, the Matchless motor-cycle with a JAP engine which Charlie Collier had specially built suffered a broken connecting-rod and was forced to retire.
After racing in the 1906 International Cup, both Charlie Collier and his brother Harry were unhappy with the relatively low imposed weight limit of 110 lbs, causing sacrifices in frame and tyre strength to be made to compensate for the heavy engines.
They entered a new motor-cycle event in the Isle of Man in 1907 for road-touring motor-cycles. The new race was to be held on the St John's Short Course with two categories for single and twin-cylinder motor-cycles. The 1907 Isle of Man TT race and the single cylinder-class was won by Charlie Collier riding a Matchless motor-cycle in 4 hours, 8 minutes and 8 seconds at an average race speed of 38.21 mph. His brother, Harry Collier also riding a Matchless motor-cycle had problems with an engine seizure on lap 2 and eventually retired on lap 9.
Single Cylinder race
|1||4||Charlie Collier||3½ hp Matchless||38.21 mph||4:08.08.2|
|2||2||Jack Marshall||3½ hp Triumph||36.60||4:19.47.3|
|3||1||Frank Hulbert||3½ hp Triumph||35.50||4:27.49.4|
TT Race Victories
|Year||Race & Capacity||Motorcycle||Average Speed|
|1910||500cc Single & 750cc Twin-Cylinder||Matchless||50.63 mph|
TT career summary
|Number of times||2||1||1||4|