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In 1882, Edward Douglas with his brother William founded the Douglas Engineering Company, first as a blacksmith's shop, but soon expanded to become an iron founders making quality castings, and later supplied parts to Joseph Barter, of Light Motors, for his Fairy engine. After the turn of the century and the advent of the motor vehicle they soon became involved in the development of engines.

Formerly a blacksmith's shop in Bristol U.K., the Douglas Engineering Company owned by brothers William and Edward Douglas began producing motorcycles in 1907.
 

Based on a horizontally opposed twin cylinder design, their engines gradually increased in size and power through to 500c and 600cc models fitted to the DT5 and DT6 Dirt Track models of the late 1920's and early 1930's.

 

During the 1920's, speedway and dirt track racing had begun to grow in popularity. 
 

Australian riders, promoters and engineers featured prominently in this growth and the success of the Douglas dirt track machines.

 

See also: Douglas Engineering Company



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