Fiftieth anniversary for local Douglas bike riders!
Kingswood Heritage Museum
This year's Douglas Motorbike Rally and Cavalcade will take place on Sunday 26 May. Kingswood Heritage Museum in Warmley will again be the venue for the line up, and also the start line for the cavalcade.
The day is expected to attract riders from all over the country, but is especially significant for the Bristol Section of the Douglas Club, because it's the fiftieth anniversary of its founding.
The world famous Douglas bikes were built in Kingswood from 1907 to 1957. Some 25000 were constructed for military use in the First World War. Kingswood Heritage Museum has a major exhibit featuring the marque, including one of the machines designed for war time despatch riders. The bikes were regular entrants in time trials, like the 1925 London-Exeter run in the picture, and winners of the Isle of Man TT races.
Bill Douglas, great grandson of the founder of the firm, said: “It is always a stirring sight to see the bikes in action, and we expect a big turnout around the area to watch the cavalcade”. The line up opens at 11am, and the run - along one of the former bike testing circuits via the Chew Valley - begins at noon.