Hawg Haven founder dies

Terry ‘Nobby’ Clarke, one of the duo who formed Norfolk-based custom shop Hawg Haven, died suddenly on July 3.

Clarke’s engineering expertise helped create some of Hawg Haven’s most recognisable machines and countless customer projects – most recently the shop has built choppers for TV chefs the Hairy Bikers as well as building a bike live in front of the crowds at last year’s NEC show.

This is the release from Clarke’s family and friends:

“To all our friends old and new – It is with the greatest sadness that we announce the loss of Terry (Nobby) Clarke 18.01.1960 – 03.07.2009.

“Terry passed very suddenly in the early evening of Friday the 3rd of July, with life-long friend Jon Quantrell at his side – All who knew Terry can reflect on his wicked sense of humour, an incredible drive to succeed in all he did, his passionate nature and love of life; Terry put this fantastically infectious energy into everything and everyone he came in to contact with throughout his life, selflessly making time for others, offering boundless help and encouragement along the way.

“Following a brief term with 2623 Squadron of the RAF in Honington between 1989 and 1992, Terry forged an engineering career at Lotus cars before beginning Hawg Haven with Jon Quantrell in 2002.

“Terry’s work with Hawg Haven set new standards in technical ability, taking numerous trophies at European motorcycling events with creations such as the ground breaking Psy-Bawg, the aircraft wing inspired Barnstormer and the iconic Las Vegas Wedding bike.

“Other well know machines included Charley Boorman’s Bobber, the Hairy Bikers’ dream bikes; as featured in 2008’s X-mas special of the “Hairy Bakers” and the Carole Nash Old Skool Bobber – Machines which will live on as a tribute to a man who will be greatly missed.

“The funeral service is to be held on the 20th of July and will begin with a memorial ride commencing from Terry’s home; all wanting to show their respects are very welcome to join the ride from the Quality Hotel roundabout, Barnard Road, Norwich NR5 9JB at approximately 15:40 heading on to St Faiths Crematorium, 75 Manor Rd, Horsham St Faith, Norwich NR10 3LF for an informal service at 16:15

“All mourners are encouraged to join a further celebration of Terry’s life at The Lodge Country House, Vicarage Rd, Salhouse, Norwich NR13 6HD, which is expected to continue well into the early hours of the morning – Camping facilities are available on-site.

“The Clarke family have respectfully requested that anyone thinking of sending flowers should make a donation to the British Heart Foundation in Terry’s name.”