The Board of Directors of the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame are pleased to recognize the late Chris Ellis for the Hall of Fame as a recipient of the Ambassador Award.
Ever since Chris rode his first bike at age 10, motorcycles were the focus of his life. When interviewed, back when Ellis was the oldest active professional dirt track rider of that time, Chris explained, “for me, this is a love affair.”
Chris competed in every form of motorcycle competition, usually attaining Expert or Pro status.
He was part owner of Twin City Cycles in Waterloo and later Central Ontario Cycle whose slogan was, “Motorcycles are our way of Life.” He was a promoter of dirt track races and a sponsor of many successful riders, including his long-time friend, fellow Hall of Famer Jon “Corndog” Cornwell.
For many, Ellis would be recognized as the face of Triumph Motorcycles in Canada. This relationship started in 1994 with the relaunch of Triumph at a gala event held at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, guests and bikes situated among Lancaster bombers, Harvards and de Havillands.
In 1999, Chris became the Canadian General Manager of Operations for Triumph. He was involved with Triumph’s various racing teams and participated in all aspects of promotion for Triumph, with great success. Chris supported many groups, events and clubs and was a regular supporter of the Hall of Fame.
Chris boasted 45 years of continuous attendance at Daytona Beach, surely a record!
Shortly after retiring from Triumph Canada, Ellis passed away suddenly in 2021. Ellis is remembered as a man who had a true passion for motorcycling - it was his life.
From a press release