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The Autumn Stafford Sale – The Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show / 1928 Douglas 498cc DT5 Speedway Racing Motorcycle Frame no. TF782 Engine no. EL172

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1928 Douglas 498cc DT5 Speedway Racing Motorcycle
Registration no. not registered Frame no. TF782 Engine no. EL172
16 October 2022, 10:00 BST
Stafford, Staffordshire County Showground

£10,000 - £15,000

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1928 Douglas 498cc DT5 Speedway Racing Motorcycle
Registration no. not registered
Frame no. TF782
Engine no. EL172

Bristol-based Douglas Foundry commenced motorcycle production in 1907 with a machine powered by a horizontally-opposed twin. Fore-and-aft installation made for a slim machine with a low centre of gravity, and the design's virtues were soon demonstrated in competition. When speedway, or dirt track, racing arrived in Britain in 1928 the new sport quickly caught the public's imagination. Before long almost all major UK manufacturers listed a dirt-track model, Douglas being the first to establish dominance. The company's inline twins had benefited from much development on the Australian long tracks, but as shorter tracks became the norm in the UK, the DT5's otherwise excellent handling could no longer compensate for the handicap of a longish wheelbase, and rival single-cylinder models began to assert themselves.

Listed in the Douglas Machine Register (1993), this example of the dirt-track Douglas was purchased in 1957 from Alec Jackson, Director of Wembley Speedway at that time. A letter on file dated 22/4/89 states it is understood that "the bike was ridden by Dick Case in 1929 and in the early post-war years used for Vintage demonstration runs at Wembley" however prospective bidders should satisfy themselves as to the authenticity of the history. The late owner rode the Douglas at the Royston hill climb a few times before placing it in storage. Accompanying paperwork consists mainly of bills for parts and services. Not used for some time, the machine will require re-commissioning before further use and thus is sold strictly as viewed.
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