9 May 1960
Chris was born in Wilcannia in 1960, moving to Broken Hill shortly after, where he has lived for most of his life. His passion for motorbikes was sparked at a very young age, inspired by his brother who was a sidecar passenger for Dave Adams, who was Chris’s mentor.
Chris’ racing career started in 1976, whilst still at school, riding speedway solos. Following school, he worked in a variety of different industries, spending much of his time on the mines and even completing a tenure as the publican at the Silverton and Tydvil Hotels. Whilst working, Chris worked hard on his craft and together with his passenger, Trevor Woolcock, and mechanic, Jimmy Horgan, he was able to face the legends he had long admired on the track.
Chris raced in speedway sidecars for 20 years claiming State Titles across several states, winning multiple Australian Championships and setting Australian Land Speed Records, the last of which in 2005 on a 4,400cc motorbike.
Chris humbly credits his family, friends, sponsors and the public that supported and believed in him for his achievements. He is also very grateful for the support of Billy Keenan, Ray Rawlins, Wayne Stephens and Rob Wilson. Chris’ national status within the sport is epitomised by the Broken Hill Speedway Club tasking him with putting together a submission to host the 1994 Australian Sidecar Championship in Broken Hill, with the intention of boosting local tourism and putting Broken Hill on the map