I always remember him, Uncle Eddie as the boss of Chia Motor PJ who rekindle my passion for motorcycle. I was working with Motor Trader back in the early 2010, I would drop by Uncle Eddie shop in New Taman SEA which was handle by Robbie Chia. During that time I had intended to get a new Ninja 250R, one fine Saturday Uncle Eddie rode one used back the shop. Since the Ninja was just launched a few weeks ago, normally you wouldnt find one in the second hand market. But Uncle Eddie did, a fresh young college student had brought this Ninja 250R but as he was leaving the shop he dropped the bike not once but twice, so the shop send the bike to him at his home, another incident again he dropped the bike when entering motorbike lane, so his mom decided that the young man will never ride again so she contacted Uncle Eddie to take the bike off her. So coming back to my story Uncle Eddie sold me the Ninja 250R and that had actually kick started back my riding spirit. Uncle Eddie always buys me beers whenever he is around and we would chat and chat about motorcycles and his experience in racing since the 60s-80s. He would always tell me his racing stories, how he rode Ducati, Suzuki, MotoGuzzi and Yamaha. I would occasionally bring over my test and review bikes to his shop and Uncle Eddie would jump on it to try out one, two rounds with his half face helmet and Raybans despite having joint aches.
Chia Motor PJ started in 1967 in Seapark PJ. Started his racing career at a street race in Sec 16, old Rothmas round about, even before Batu Tiga Circuit ever existed.
Uncle Eddie has passed away now and he will always be my mentor, my inspiration and a dear friend. I am also a “Chia” but not related but its always in my blood to ride a motorcycle fast and safe.
Now his legacy has been passed on to his sons, Keith and Robbie, and I believe staying with them does have some remembrance of Uncle Eddie, especially with Keith Chia whom I have a chance to supermoto, trackdays and test bikes with.
We will make him proud whilst he’s in heaven. Thank you Uncle Eddie and we all miss you but we all know your in a better place.