We’re often asked, why is the Club called the ‘London Douglas Motor Cycle Club’ when it has members all around the world? Well, back in the late 1920s, the Douglas factory encouraged owners around the UK to set up local clubs including, of course, one in London. Activities declined during the war years as young men were called up and fuel was rationed. Post-war, however, seven or eight enthusiasts reformed the London section – and from that small acorn, an oak tree grew! Read more about The Club
We wish all our members, visitors and followers the compliments of the season and a fine year’s riding in 2020. May the sun shine and our machines prove reliable – as Douglases are, of course! Long-hidden machines continue to surface and even the slowest restorations (your webmaster speaks from experience) eventually see the light of day – we look forward to welcoming new machines into the ranks of the LDMCC in 2020.
Readers of Real Classic magazine will have seen an excellent eight-page article in the October 2019 issue about the discovery of three ‘barn find’ Douglases. While the term ‘barn find’ is rather over-used these days, particularly on auction sites, these three machines from 1930 appear to be the real thing! The article traces the discovery and return to use of a T6 and two S6 machines and includes an honourable mention for the LDMCC, for spares and advice. If 1930s machines are your cup of tea, its well worth searching out a copy of the magazine.
The Douglas factory stamped some parts, like this tappet from a 1936 Aero, with the DK symbol shown in the picture. DK stood for Douglas Kingswood. Their stamping ‘policy’ is not entirely clear, as the other three tappets are plain – but next time you’re rooting through a box of bits at an autojumble and come across the DK symbol, at least you cannot say you Don’t Know – it’s definitely Douglas! Did this stamping practice continue post-war? If you know the answer, please add a comment below.
These photos were sent in by the great niece of the rider, who asks if anyone can tell her anything about the machines or location. The earlier machine, LG4760, is registered to Cheshire County Council while the later machine RN9017, which looks like an Endeavour, was registered in Preston. This appears to have been taken in a holiday camp and the rider’s light trousers and his wife’s white shoes suggest that it was ‘posed’! Charlie Sim was a talented musician who played trombone with the Billy Cotton Big Band in the early ’50s. If the pictures ring any bells, or you have the machines in your shed, we’d love to hear from you.
If the weather is good on the 13th of November, those stalwarts from the Surrey and Hampshire section will be heading to Jack’s Fish & Chips in London Road, Bagshot for the regular Wednesday lunchtime motorcycle meeting. More details from email@example.com
A visitor to the site has kindly sent these lovely period photographs, and wonders if anyone can provide more information. The photograph shows his grandmother, Dorothy Lock with her Douglas motorcycle and was taken in Street, Somerset in, he believes, 1924. Her father, Newman Lock, owned the bicycle and motorcycle business shown in the second picture. Can anyone identify YA 3348 and does it still exist? If you recognise the machine or remember Lock & Sons Garage, please let us know.