I used to live in the West Midlands in the early to mid-eighties and spent most of my Saturdays and all of my money in the tiny Autocycle shop which was in Bilston back then. Chris never failed to have what you needed, though he charged you accordingly. I bought a knackered B50 Rickman Metisse from him for £190 (I know, I know). He wouldn't haggle on the price and still charged me £2 delivery, even though he passed my house on his way home!
Turned out the engine was a Victor 441 with the engine number altered! Grrr. Still got it. Sold the complete Metisse rolling chassis for £60!! (sigh)
I eventually built up a good rapport with Chris (not many managed this), good enough to go to his house, meet the wife and kids, go out in his E-type Jag, etc. Showed me round his garage - Vincents, running BSA Fury, Goldies, vintage Triumphs, all sorts of stuff.
I was a civil engineer back then and got involved with drawing up some plans for a warehouse extension for him. Don't know if it ever got built. I got paid in credit against BSA spares from his shop. His existing warehouse was absolutely choc full of tons and tons of seemingly random Brit spares, though he seemed to find his way round.
I moved to Bristol in 85 and he moved to Netherton at about the same time. I've only ever been back to his shop a couple of time since.
66 BSA Victor Enduro
SEU 445 D