The Club stocks a wide range of spare parts for Mark Series and Dragonfly models, and a list of parts for these post-war Douglas motorcycles is now available here. A big ‘thank you’ to our new Post-War Spares Secretary, who has spent many hours cataloguing the stock – hopefully he will get fewer ‘have you got a …’ emails as a result!
The 8th bi-annual Australian Douglas Motorcycle Rally will be held from the 20th to the 24th March 2022 at Colac, Victoria. The event opens with a Welcome Barbecue on Sunday 20th, followed by three days of rally activities and riding. A final, optional day for the more adventurous involves a ride along the Great Ocean Road. If UK members would like to attend, further details are available from firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m occasionally contacted by people trying to trace a machine owned in years gone by, and I generally ask Doug Frost to put something in the Club magazine in the hope that a reader will recognise it. I have to say, the success rate is not great but, recently, we came up trumps as the machine in question is owned by a member in the north of Scotland. The request came from a lady whose father had owned a 90 Plus in the late 1950s, and she sent this photograph …
Fast-forward 60 years … the 90 Plus was restored by its current owner some years ago and today looks resplendent in its original gold finish. The owner tells me it runs well and he has covered thousands of miles on it.
I understand the present and former owners – both now of a similar age – have been in contact. There must have been a few stories exchanged in that phone call!
The LDMCC Annual Rally is over for another year and, despite all the pandemic-related nervousness, was a great success. The weather was in our favour and Saturday and Sunday were blessed with a good deal of sunshine. Club Secretary Roy Staunton tells me that he has not seen so many caravans and tents at the rally for many years, surely a good sign for the future of our Club and the event. As with our last rally in 2019, the Rudge Association joined us for the weekend, contributing to the fun and games with a skittles match between the two clubs.
Saturday’s ride out followed quiet roads with beautiful sweeping bends and gorgeous countryside, breaking for a coffee stop at Toddington Station on the Gloucester Warwickshire Heritage Railway. The turn-out on the Sunday was the best we have seen for several years, with about 60 Douglas and 20 Rudge machines lined up in the display area, followed in the afternoon with our usual field events and raffle. Thanks, as always, to those who brought machines to the event and congratulations to all who won a prize – and, of course, a big thank you from the Committee to everyone who helped out over the weekend to make the event possible. We look forward to seeing you all in 2022!
The LDMCC is gauging interest for a new section, covering the Anglia area between the existing sections in Hertfordshire/Cambridgeshire meeting in Bishops Stortford, and the Kent section based in Gillingham. The proposed new section would be based near Ongar, in Essex, and meetings would be held once a month. If you are a member who lives in this area and would like to attend – or are not yet a member, but are interested – please contact Dave Lawrence at email@example.com The preliminary get-together will be held on 29th September. More details in the current issue of The New Conrod.