Sunshine, Douglases and Maldon

The Maldon Museum of Power’s open day is a regular fixture in the LDMCC calendar, and this year’s show attracted a good turnout – helped, no doubt, by some Summer sunshine! While it’s always nice to see a good turnout of Douglas machines, I am particularly impressed by the after-market anti-theft device sitting in the sidecar of the Dragonfly combination! My thanks to Club Registrar Len Boydell for the photos.

Douglas Dragonfly with Steib sports sidecar
Douglas Dragonfly combination with anti-theft device
Douglas Owners at Maldon Show 2019
Douglas Owners at Maldon Show 2019
Douglas Club Stand Maldon 2019
Douglas Club Stand at Maldon Museum of Power 2019

LDMCC Annual Rally 2021

After the disappointment of having to cancel the 2020 Annual Rally, the LDMCC is delighted to announce that this year’s event will take place on the weekend of the 4th/5th September. We hope to see as many of you there as possible! All the usual activities are back – the ride-out, quiz night in the bar, the bike display, fun and games for children, the raffle – and no rally would be complete without concours judging and prizes! Start polishing …

Details of the weekend’s events can be found here and Health and Safety information is here.

Further information will be published in the next issue of the Club’s magazine.

London Douglas Club at Founder’s Day

The VMCC’s Founder’s Day took place over the weekend of the 17th July and was blessed with glorious weather. Steve Cox very kindly arranged a stand for the Club, and we had 10 Douglas bikes on display. On behalf of the Committee, can I say a big thank you to Steve for all his time and effort in arranging the stand and also a big thank you to those Club members who made the effort to turn up on the day with a bike for display. Our post-war spares Secretary David Sheppard travelled all the way from Liskeard in Cornwall, which is a round trip of some 500 miles. That shows real commitment. The stand was busy throughout the day with enquiries from existing club members and other members of the general public. Fortunately, our technical guru, David Richmond, was on hand to provide expert advice.
Roy Staunton – LDMCC Club Secretary

Douglas Club Stand at VMCC Founder's Day 2021
Douglas Club Stand at Founder’s Day 2021

Founder’s Day – Update

Following the Government’s decision to extend the Covid lockdown, The VMCC Taverners Section has reviewed the Founders Day event and has decided it can still go ahead, but with a few changes as follows.

  • A 4,000 person visitor capacity.
  • There will be no beer tent at the show.
  • Catering will be provided on the Sunday with the usual hot dog, burger vans etc. as per previous years.
  • You are reminded social distancing will still be a requirement.
  • Please provide hand sanitiser on your club stand for your own personal use.
  • For anyone planning on camping Saturday night, there will be no showers available, no beer tent and no catering, so please bring your own beer, food, tea, coffee, bacon etc.

If you are intending to attend then we would urge you to check with the Founders Day Web site a day or so before just to make sure there are no further changes.

A Definite Plus!

Or, in this case – an 80 Plus …
I don’t generally feature auction entries on this blog, unless something particularly interesting comes along. Sites like ebay always offer a wealth of books, machines and spares, and are worth keeping an eye on.

Specialist auction houses, however, sometimes throw up unusual machines, and I see that Richard Edmonds Auctions in Chippenham has a number of entries in their 26th June sale of interest to Douglas enthusiasts. As well as a Dragonfly, there are two incomplete 80 Plus machines – if you have a Plus engine under the bench waiting only for a frame to come along, this could be your chance! There are also what look like an S6 and a D33 – details are yet to be added, so I’m relying on the pictures. If you’re curious, have a look at