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Denis Curtis, CMR owner, was born in Lincolnshire,
England in the late '40s. He served an apprenticeship with a local
engineering company called Ruston-Bucyrus Limited and became a Jig and
Tool Design Draftsman. He attended a local Technical College during
this time and gained a Production Engineering Degree with the City and
Guilds of London Institute.
Denis was influenced by many racing motorcycle frame builders of the 50s, 60s and 70s, including Ken Sprayson of Reynolds Tubing and his work with many top riders of the era like Mike Hailwood . Other influences include Colin Seeley with his solo and sidecar frames and the Rickman Brothers and their Metisse frame kits for all types of motorcycle sport. Also of note was Alf Hagon with his V-Twin JAP Sprint Bike, and the Eric Cheney Organization whose Motocross frame exploits were of the highest standard.
Denis Curtis started building and modifying frames for road racing and sprinting (drag racing) in 1965 in the UK. His first projects used Velocette and Vincent engines. After emigrating to British Columbia, Canada in the early 1970's and working and road racing for Fred Deeley Limited, he started his own manufacturing shop called Curtis Racing Frames in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.
Curtis Racing Frames operated from 1973 to 1977, producing motorcycle frame kits for all type of racing and street activities. There were a total of six employees. The shop was just across the road from the Fred Deeley Yamaha HQ, which later became Yamaha Motor Canada. The racing division of Fred Deeley Yamaha and Yamaha Motor Canada were frequent visitors to our shop. We enjoyed a close working relationship with them and also with Clarke Simpkins Honda, the Honda motorcycle distributor in BC at that time.
At the top of this page are a selection of links to pictures of some of Denis Curtis' exploits with motorcycle racing and motorcycle frame building from before and after 1970 when he emigrated to Canada.
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